Camp Parks – Wildlife Oasis part 2

June 17, 2018 at 6:30 am (Uncategorized)

White-tailed kite

Although I went to the Parks Reserve Forces Training Area on business, I arranged to tour with the installation wildlife biologist to see the wildlife, particularly baby burrowing owls, very early in the morning.

We had no luck seeing the owlets, but we did get some great views of another target bird of mine – the white-tailed kite. This one has a rodent in its claws.

In Oklahoma, I had many views of the Mississippi kite, which is gray and black. But these guys are even more striking.

Juvenile white-tailed kite

The juveniles have the rust wash on the breast. Both adults and juves also have red eyes, which seems to be a trait of the kite genus.

The shades of gray and the contrasting black and white feathers are stunning.

They look for prey by hovering or “kiting” above a likely patch of ground, then they plunge downward and hopefully come up with a meal. Go here to see a video of this.

Two ravens and white-tailed kite

Stay tuned for wild turkeys and a great egret catching and swallowing a mouse.

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1 Comment

  1. DesertAbba said,

    Two Ravens, a Kite and a ‘Partridge in a pear tree.’ Great pics, as usual!!

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