I had a really fantastic walk around the lake yesterday. A flock of Bushtits were actively flitting around from bush to bush. I missed a few great photo ops due to them actually being too close. That is a very rare problem when photographing birds. I saw several other songbirds on my way over to the Kites’ nest, and got great shots of a Goldfinch and Nutmeg Mannikin. The young Kites are scrambling all over their tree exercising their wings. While I was jogging around the lake earlier, it appeared that they had started taking short flights to adjacent trees; but it was hard to be sure as I ran by. The adults were not seen at the nest, although I did find the male actively hunting in the southwest corner of the park. He is very proficient and I got to witness several prey handovers occur in mid-air. Once the eggs are laid, the male does most of the hunting for the female and the hatched young. They were very active for at least half an hour and I had a great time watching them interact.
“Bushtit” – Lake Los Carneros, Goleta, CA
“Goldfinch” – Lake Los Carneros, Goleta, CA
“Nutmeg Mannikin” – Lake Los Carneros, Goleta, CA
“White-tailed Kite with Prey” – Lake Los Carneros, Goleta, CA
“White-tailed Kite Prey Exchange” – Lake Los Carneros, Goleta, CA