White-tailed Kites

As might be expected, the Kites have been very active around their nest lately.  Time spent watching them is usually rewarded by seeing some interesting behavior.  Watching them interact when the male brings food can be particularly interesting.  The following sequence shows the male returning to the female with the remains of his breakfast.  She was not at all pleased with what little he brought.  To add insult to injury he dropped the food and then attempted to…   Well, you’ll see.


“Male Kite with Food”  –  Lake Los Carneros, Goleta, CA


“Female Waiting for Handoff”  –  Lake Los Carneros, Goleta, CA


“Female Kite Upset”  –  Lake Los Carneros, Goleta, CA


“What did I do Wrong?”  –  Lake Los Carneros, Goleta, CA


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