Category Archives: Mississippi Kite

Tufted - Titmouse

Yard Sitting and Medicinal drinking

Hi Guys! I spent the night in the hospital, courtesy of an over-active blood pressure and high cholesterol. Yes! Hospital stays always make for a fun time. Fun! Fun! Fun! Kind of like a cruise. Same constant unwanted attention; yet, minus the big body of water, food and ambiance.

I managed to capture several massive flocks of Egrets flying Southeast from the window of my Palo Pinto General Hospital jail cell. Probably running from the fires at Possum Kingdom Lake. Not much else flew by. The nice ladies in the colorful shirts finally got me to stay in bed and I stared at the walls for several hours. Anyhow, after a long night of playing (being) human pin cushion, I attained my freedom and left for home. It is a positive thing that the Charge Nurse, doctor and staff were sad to see me leave the floor and the premises. =/

Captain Morgan and I yard sat in the yard and communed with nature for a few hours. Nothing more calming than sweating profusely while waiting on something of interest to fly-by( BIRDING – gotta love it ). It is starting to cool off now, but I lost the light under our canopy of trees. So here I am once again.

The return home – While I sat on the porch step, a House Finch came by to say hello and duck for cover. A Mississippi Kite was hunting just overhead. The Finch heard the camera but did not move. Once the Kite passed, the Finch hauled himself over to the nearest tree limb to watch me at a distance. The mighty Titmouse and and the usual Mockingbird came by. I believe these roost nearby cause I KNOW THESE TWO BIRDS. That sums up my day of relaxation. Sleepy and buzzed… Hey… don’t judge! Medicinal purposes until I see a cardiologist. Missed items include a few sparrows, wrens and a beautiful set of Cardinals. The tinking of my glass as it was placed next to me must have – hiccup – scared ‘em off. PRO HINT – don’t drink margaritas while birding. The mixer WILL interfere with your successful outcome. Just sayin.

Enjoy the photos! I sure enjoy taking them. The move from the XS-1 over to the T3-i was a good decision.

Tufted - Titmouse
Tufted - Titmouse
  • Aperture: ƒ/6.3
  • Camera: Canon EOS REBEL T3i
  • Taken: 14 August, 2012
  • Copyright: {@ZABINSKY} 2012
  • Focal length: 180mm
  • ISO: 800
  • Shutter speed: 1/320s

Northern Mockingbird
Northern Mockingbird
  • Aperture: ƒ/7.1
  • Camera: Canon EOS REBEL T3i
  • Taken: 14 August, 2012
  • Copyright: {@ZABINSKY} 2012
  • Focal length: 300mm
  • ISO: 800
  • Shutter speed: 1/160s

House Finch Hiding
House Finch Hiding - Kite overhead
  • Aperture: ƒ/7.1
  • Camera: Canon EOS REBEL T3i
  • Taken: 14 August, 2012
  • Copyright: {@ZABINSKY} 2012
  • Focal length: 300mm
  • ISO: 400
  • Shutter speed: 1/250s

House Finch in tree
Kite gone - Finch makes escape
  • Aperture: ƒ/8
  • Camera: Canon EOS REBEL T3i
  • Taken: 14 August, 2012
  • Copyright: {@ZABINSKY} 2012
  • Focal length: 300mm
  • ISO: 800
  • Shutter speed: 1/250s

Mississippi Kite
Mississippi Kite - Kite hunting overhead
  • Aperture: ƒ/8
  • Camera: Canon EOS REBEL T3i
  • Taken: 14 August, 2012
  • Copyright: {@ZABINSKY} 2012
  • Focal length: 300mm
  • ISO: 400
  • Shutter speed: 1/2000s

Kite_Eye

Mississippi Kite

Well, it is official, I am an avid bird watcher. It is mostly due to this graceful, long-winged raptor called the Mississippi Kite. It was a bright, sunny mid-morning walk. There was a loud ruckus in the tree a few yards down. This fairly large raptor flew out carrying “something.” Still not sure what. A neighborhood lady told me that it was a Chicken Hawk. No offense, but feeling like she was probably not a strong source for bird information, I sent out a few pictures. It was discovered to be a Mississippi Kite. The Kite has long, narrow, pointed wings, and a long black tail. The head is a white to pearly grey with a body that is a darker gray.

During that walk ( as discussed on my Western Kingbird post), this Kite was seen dive bombing Western Kingbirds. It was amazing to watch and my first experience at actually “following birds.” For the past three or four weeks, I have been watching this one, become two. Now, there are four in my neighborhood plus a fledgling. All four adults hunt everyday, gliding over my house in search of cicadas. One day I follow one of the Kites carrying a really long “worm” or small snake. I watched it disappear into a tree. There, about 25 feet off the ground is the nest. A fuzzy white head is clearly visible over the edge of the nest while it glares down at me. With three adults circling overhead and one in the tree; I made haste out of the area. Not that I am really worried about being attacked (maybe a little) by a bird; it was that I did not want to upset the site. The raptors are still in the immediate area circling over Northwest Mineral Wells, Texas. Thanks to Jim Peterson of Texas Bird Images and North Central Texas birds for helping me with the identification.

Updated with new photo on June 29th, 2012.

Mississippi Kite
The Mississippi Kite
  • Aperture: ƒ/5.6
  • Camera: X-S1
  • Taken: 2 June, 2012
  • Focal length: 158.6mm
  • ISO: 200
  • Shutter speed: 1/210s

Kite Warning
Kite Warning
  • Aperture: ƒ/5.6
  • Camera: X-S1
  • Taken: 24 June, 2012
  • Focal length: 158.6mm
  • ISO: 400
  • Shutter speed: 1/750s