White-tailed Kites in Flight

The juvenile White-tailed Kites have finally fledged and are rapidly improving their flying skills.  I imagine that learning rapidly is probably quite important when it comes to flying.  The adults have been busy feeding them and possibly working on a new nest, although it’s hard to tell if they have settled on where to build it yet.  Friday evening was a particularly good day to observe them, because both the juveniles and adults were doing plenty of flying.  Even better, they were flying relatively closely, which made for some great photos.


“Juvenile Kite I”  –  Lake Los Carneros, Goleta, CA


“Juvenile Kite II”  –  Lake Los Carneros, Goleta, CA


“Adult Kite I”  –  Lake Los Carneros, Goleta, CA


“Adult Kite II”  –  Lake Los Carneros, Goleta, CA


2 Responses to White-tailed Kites in Flight

  1. candywwgm says:

    I am speechless after seeing these pictures. Wow! Simply stunning. Its amazing how quickly birds develop from the moment they hatch and how quickly they can become independent. I say this of course, as my 4yr old beckons from the chair across from me for yet another glass of milk lol!

  2. Wonderful captures. Photographing white birds on a sunny day isn’t easy, but your exposure is perfect.
    Isn’t watching fledgling birds venture out in flight amazing? I love these photos. You’ve allowed me to be 3000 miles away, observing these magnificent birds. Thank you!

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