Sunday, October 5, 2014

Mississippi Kite

Might as well be in black and white! Perched in a willow tree across the pond on a mostly gray day, this gray and black bird sort of blends away. Crappy, croppy photos to show for it. :)
   

 


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114 comments:

Sandra said...

to bad he wasn't closer to you, he is a real beauty. i like the shape of his head

Joseph Jameson-Gould said...

He looks terrifying in that third one! Where's Hitchcock when you need him

bas van Es said...

geweldig mooi.

Ruth Hiebert said...

I think these are good photos. I had a chance to photograph a bird like this in my province this summer.

Barb Brookbank said...

Cool looking bird ...

MarkD60 said...

As soon as I leave here, I'm going to go look up "Kite"

eileeninmd said...

Tex, a Kite! Wow, what a cool yard bird.. It would be a lifer for me.. Sorry the conditions was not better for the photos..Awesome sighting.. Happy Sunday!

ellen abbott said...

We have them down here all summer though I don't think we had as many this year as previous years. Their already gone wherever it is they go for the winter.

Margaret Adamson said...

A great bird to have on your property. Pity about the weather conditions but he may come back on a beter day. Be ready!

DJan said...

Beautiful bird, even if not very colorful. I hope you got some rain out of those clouds. :-)

Molly The Wally said...

We think they are very atmospheric shots. We nearly had a kitten once when we spotted one sitting on the fence in our back garden. Have a serene and easy Sunday.
Best wishes Molly

Lynn@Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Cool effects! He's a regal looking bird:@)

Jo said...

Despite the lighting issues (always a challenge for me) you still portray this regal bird well. Especially in the final images.

Linda Kay said...

It really does look more like a B & W photo, but still looks great.

Brian King said...

A very handsome raptor! I like his choice of trees, too!

Gosia k said...

it looks has a strong beak. amazing

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

Cool bird!
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ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

Cool Facts

The Mississippi Kite often attacks people who venture too close to its nest, especially in urban areas.
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Birdman said...

Had a Mississippi kite once, but it was made of paper and had quite a tail. hehehehe Sorry.

Karen Ann said...

Almost looks like a ghost hawk!

Irma said...

Beautiful raptor.

bj said...

You are so knowledgeable about critters of all kinds...

Marcoantonio Arellano said...

we had a kite stop by the other day. it perched on a limb above our birdfeeders. it was a large one

nice pic, mi amiga

don said...

I liked seeing this bird even if the shooting was difficult under his color and the sky.

Sally Crowe said...

The last one is my favorite. :)

William Kendall said...

He looks quite bold. I don't know if we have them in these parts.

Sylvia K said...

Ah, your gray skies look like the northwest -- well, not today, we're having SUNSHINE!! Great looking bird!

Julia said...

A great shot from across the pond. I never heard of a Kite bird. he looks magnificent.
Hugs,
JB

Primitive Stars said...

Morning, what a great looking bird, never even heard about it before. Thanks for sharing, Blessings Francine.

Farm Girl said...

Very nice shots. I have never seen one of those, I really doubt if I ever will so it is nice to see them here.

S. J. Qualls said...

Good enough shots to see what it looks like. Beautiful bird - lovely form, almost regal.

Marit Sønstebø said...

Lovely photos! Beautiful bird :)

Mersad said...

Very ominous shots. Love them!

Mersad
Mersad Donko Photography

Pom Pom said...

Wow! So stately and purposeful he looks!

sweetdaysundertheoaks.com said...

I don't think they are crappy.. I think they are soft and otherworldly. Very pretty.

Terry and Linda said...

My first time to see one! He is beautiful!

Linda
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Ela said...

Wow ! Really great shots !

Bob Bushell said...

Beautiful Kite.

Lynn said...

gorgeous shots!

Betty Manousos said...

gorgeous shots my friend!love the bird and your gray skies! xo

Marie said...

Don't beat yourself up! This happens sometimes! The photos aren't as bad as you think. He's a gorgeous bird.

The Queen Jester said...

A very interesting bird. Don't feel bad...things with black and white contrast are hard to photo as the camera wants to compensate for them and turn it all into a gray sludge. Not that yours is a gray sludge, they are quite lovely and it sets a pensive mood. You did good Tex.

Revrunner said...

Still, you got to see it. That's great!

Findlay Wilde said...

I quite like all the greyness. It sort of makes the bird a bit more menacing.

Bethany Carson said...

That's an interesting looking bird!

DIMI said...

Wow!!A kite!!Gorgeous shots Tex!
You can see it even with the grey sky!
Dimi...

karmnik54 said...

Ładnie ubarwiony:)

RedPat said...

I don't think I've ever seen one! He looks quite strong!

SweetMarie said...

he reminds me of a few birds blended together. cool last photo. :)

Nancy J said...

grey on grey with a few darker lines, almost a colourwash quilt Lovely. Cheers, Jean

Gunilla Bäck said...

Handsome bird! I hope he comes back another day.

Leovi said...

Nice catchs, wonderful!

wildlifewatcher said...

Hi Theresa, What a fabulous bird of prey. I have seen only one (at the lake home in TN). Have a wonderful coming week!

Ms. A said...

Spooky shots!

Eva Marie O'Brien said...

Great pictures

Robin Lamb said...

T, an interesting bird! It's most problematic shooting against that bright sky!

♥ Łucja-Maria ♥ said...

Fantastic results.
I am delighted with them.
Greetings.

Jeanne said...

You did the best you could with these. Loved seeing another raptor!

John @ Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

Neat birds. I assume they hover high in the air looking for prey like whatever kite it is we have here.

Terri said...

Don't think I have seen one of those either..I need to go to bird id school

thirtysevenandcounting said...

Have never seen one of these before. Looks like he is all business!

I feel for you with the gray skies; that's 95% of our skies here in Indiana.

Hope you're having a good weekend.

Lindy

Chandra said...

Mighty fine bird and the photos look good to me.

Enjoy your day!

Peace :)

Crafty Green Poet said...

handsome kite!

Stephen Hayes said...

In spite of the lack of color and details, or perhaps because of it, the images show an unusually strong design.

Stephanie said...

I have never heard of Kite birds. I am going to google it.

Rose said...

Hey, but you got to see it and you got photos! And the photos are not that bad anyway!

Barb said...

Wow - a ghost bird of prey - look at that sharp, curved beak!

Our photos said...

These photos are ok with me. You got the opportunity to take them !

Anni said...

I, on the other hand, do not think they are crappy photos at all!! This is one bird I'd LOVE to spot and photograph...I'm in complete envy here!

Thanks, Ms. T, for sharing your link today at I'd Rather B Birdin'

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

I've only seen kites a few times and have never been able to get a picture so I loved these. They're very distinctive and easy to identify even for an amateur like I am. Now if only they'd come closer and hold stiller.

Saun said...

I've never seen one thanks for sharing . If it was a bright sunny day he might have got lost in the sun rays. I think they are pretty good.

eViL pOp TaRt said...

That picture of the Mississippi kite is excellent!

bailey-road.com said...

What a great sighting!

Munir said...

You did a great job with black and white, specially the last one.

Tina Fariss Barbour said...

He is a beauty! I've never heard of a Mississippi Kite. I think you did a great job capturing him.

Christian Weiß said...

Great kite, looks like a interesting species.

Susan (ABON) said...

Beautiful bird. I've looked for them around here, but haven't seen one yet...perhaps soon. Have a great week!

dinascitywildlife.com said...

Beautiful shots! That's a rare bird around here. My husband calls them the ghost birds.

Randy said...

Nice shots.

Paula said...

I like the pictures fine. Never heard of that bird.

Cheryl @ TFD said...

At first glance I thought it was a Bald Eagle, but then realized it wasn't. It's much smaller, for one thing. I've never seen one like this before. He's a beauty!

joeh said...

Cool bird! I suspect its blending helps it to hunt.

Felicia said...

hey at least you got images of him and I think you did great for how far away he probably was. He's a handsome fellow.

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Theresa,
Now, put that indigo bunting out of your mind and see the simple beauty of this one. Lovely photos and sometimes less is more!
Hugs,
Mariette

Dar said...

Well, I'd say you sure know how to line up those crappy croppy photos to look like one branch full of gray birds...looks good to me.
Have a great week, Theresa.

Cloudia said...

The lines and the visage come out loud and clear, Tex!


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KB Bear said...

I love the moodiness of those photos... and I've never seen a Kite before.

Linda said...

The last two images are really nice. Why show them all if you aren't happy with them?

Jerry E Beuterbaugh said...

Do they have a tendency to rebel against having a length of string tied to one of their legs like all of the other kites I have ever tried to fly?

Paul said...

Might not be the best picture in the world but you did get pictures of a Mississippi Kite!

So are you up to 100 in the number of bird species you've seen at the Run*A*Round Ranch yet? I seem to recall you were getting really close a few months ago.

Indrani said...

Almost monochrome. Looks lovely!

orchid Miyako said...

Oh, Kite is it、, Eileen gave me the name♪
Love the tone of these pictures, Theresa.

Sending Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan to my Dear friend in America, xoxo Miyako*

maryaustria said...

Gorgeous! A beautiful bird!

Jeevan said...

Well captured the beauty!

Tina@WhatWeKeep said...

I don't know if I've ever seen one of these. He's an interesting bird.

McGuffy Ann Morris said...

I have seen one of these, along the Mississippi River up North here. Awesome bird.

Rita said...

Looks positively deadly.

barbara l. hale said...

Crappy photos, oh well... A beautiful bird, yes.

Debby Ray said...

Your crappy, croppy phots are hauntingly beautiful :)

Brzoza B said...

Welcome Tex!
Great pictures of birds.

Jennifer A. Jilks said...

You set yourself to high standards, woman! We don't all need to see professional photos! I figure it is proof, and that is the important thing!

pattisjarrett said...

It was nice for it to show up for a photo op! Maybe it'll return on a sunnier day. We can still tell what it looks like. :)

Karen S. said...

I feel a sense of nature's poetry rising from these photos. I like them.

Small City Scenes said...

I like the B&W. MB

thepoodleanddogblog said...

He doesn't need color to make him beautiful.

Black Jack's Carol said...

"Crappy, croppy" had to laugh.. you have such a way with words. I don't think they're crappy at all.. catching that bird was a feat of excellence!

Pat Tillett said...

Very nice!
There is a kite that visits the hill we live on every afternoon. I love they way they are able to hover over the spot while hunting.

Becca said...

Interesting bird! I've never heard of a Mississippi Kite. I learn more about birds just visiting you here! :-)

CelestinaMarie@SouthernDayDreams said...

Beautiful photos of a gorgeous bird. Your photos would make a pretty wall grouping.
Thanks for sharing.

Gail Dixon said...

Is this a kite? Swallowtail or Mississippi? Sorry, I couldn't read all the comments. He's a beauty. Reminds me of some type of falcon.

NatureFootstep said...

You have to love them, don´t you?

Ida said...

Well I liked them anyway.

Michael Manning said...

As a child I'd look at birds atop trees and telephone wires and wonder what they were thinking. :)

Debby@Just Breathe said...

Since I've never seen one before I enjoyed your photos!

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