Thursday, January 30, 2014

Hook-billed Kites: an adult female light morph seen today

Today I returned to the Mission hike & bike trail area to look for the Hook-billed Kites again. I met Benton Basham there and a little later Bill Clark (raptor expert and book co-author)also showed up to took for the kites. I spotted a Hook-billed Kite fly in and land in a tree a couple of hundred feet away from us.  After it perched for a few minutes it flew off.  A little later Bill Clark spotted a second bird.
This adult female light morph Hook-billed Kite flew in good light providing these good views.   The rufous hindneck collar can be easily seen in the bottom photo. SeEtta