2002 Mississippi Kite Season
The 2002 kites arrived back on April 15th and on May 13th, we photographed the pair below at 7:15pm. Shortly afterwards they were seen copulating. We were never able to locate the nest, as it was most probably in someone's backyard.
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I saw the adult kites soaring overhead almost every day, although they tended to keep away from the area directly behind my house, over the golfcourse, as our Purple Martins saw them as a threat, and would mob them.
Mississippi Kites photographed by Jim Jones in the Bedford area near Dallas, Texas
A kite watcher in the Dallas area is lucky enough to have a pair of Mississippi Kites nesting in his backyard. He has sent me the following photos.
As the young kites grow bigger, they become more vocal and on Sunday, July 21st, I located the adult kite pictured left, feeding one, or possibly two large nestlings in a tree with very dense foliage. It was not possible to see a nest, or photograph the nestlings. As the young get older they usually move out into the open to make it easier for the parents to fly in and feed them. I kept watch on this family, as it was just down my street, but I never did get chance for a decent photo.
Jim's photos were taken with a 22 year old Nikon F2AS camera (mostly in manual mode) with a 300 MM lens and 2X converter (which makes it a 600 mm at about F9 F-stop)
These photos were taken on July 3rd. Two weeks later the nestling was beginning to venture out of the nest to test its wings.
Jim got this photo of the fledgling and a parent on August 15th, 2002