August 31, 2021.Reading time 11 minutes.
I went back to the grass fields in central Georgia on August 25th to see if the Swallow-tailed Kites were still flocking together and fattening up before leaving for southern Brazil. They were still there. They put on first class display of aerobatics. My first post about this special event focused on the birds and […]
August 13, 2021.Reading time 6 minutes.
I admit that I have a thing for raptors. They are magnificent creatures. They all have a look, life history, and abilities that are jaw-droppingly astonishing. A perfect blend of artistry and purpose-built ‘engineering’. Kites, and especially Swallow-tailed Kites, are a top-of-the-marquee example. In my opinion. Let’s start with looks. How about I just let […]
August 4, 2021.Reading time 7 minutes.
I’ve been fascinated by Loggerhead Shrikes since I first saw one. Their Butcher Bird nickname, earned by impaling their prey on barbed wire and other sharp objects, certainly contributes to the fascination. They quite literally fight above their weight using interesting behaviors & a little mechanical engineering. They use their Tomial “tooth”, a beak feature […]