Swallow-tailed Kite

We absolutely love Swallow-tailed Kites! I photographed this individual on July 15 at L. Kirk Edwards WEA and after seeing a social media post yesterday it made me wonder if it was still here or whether it had embarked on its epic migration south. Thanks to research we know a lot more about Swallow-tailed Kites these days. Yesterday’s social media post highlighted a map that showed the journey of a kite named ‘Refuge.’ Refuge was fitted with a GPS unit by the Avian Research & Conservation Institute earlier in the summer (at the Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge) and the map showed that it had already reached Nicaragua! Like all of our Swallow-tailed Kites, Refuge is migrating to Brazil, where it will spend the winter. Safe travels!


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