The Swallow-tailed Kites have returned from migration here on Sanibel Island, FL.
These beautiful birds winter mainly in South America
and return to the Southeast U.S. to breed. Note the interesting pattern on the topside of the wing.
We lucked out and had just pulled into a parking lot and saw 3 kites overhead. They did lots of calling and diving at one another. Swallow-taild Kites catch insects in the air and may pluck lizards from trees. They nest in woodlands and forested wetlands and build nests in trees. What a show we had.