Another rarity visits the hawk watch

On this Friday past, as Steve Baker and I were enjoying another day at Point LaBarbe, I was scanning to the northwest not finding much during a bit of lull in the days flight. Suddenly, a very excited Steve bolts up out of his chair and exclaims “Swallow-tailed Kite!” There to the northeast and not much over the treetops was the named bird. While Steve frantically tried to find his camera in his car, I tracked the bird as it flew towards Green Island, and it looked like it might cross over the water. It eventually doubled back, working its way initially along the shoreline to the east before heading more inland. The last view of it was as it soared on a thermal and drifted to the northeast. I might add that Steve did manage to find his camera and was able to get a couple of shots.

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