We knew he would be up there for a while. Yellow-billed Kites, all Kites, are born to fly. Once this guy gets started you photograph and wait. Mostly wait because he’s fast and agile.
His handler didn’t even bother with his glove as the Kite dive bombed us. It was too early on.
Actually when I left to shoot owl portraits the Kite was still going strong. Maybe an hour later the bird flew into the woods with us, passed through is better description. He didn’t stop just looked at us.
Some birds can be flown at other locations, fund raisers, but I’m guessing Kites stay home at the center.
Note; all the birds that exercise loose are fitted with small tracking devices. They have been needed, but not often.
Avian Conservation Center / Birds Of Prey.