The Kite and the Harrier

While sitting in my barrel blind on Saturday, a black-shouldered kite caught my eye. It was flying fast and low. Right behind the kite was a harrier (marsh hawk) in hot pursuit. As I wondered what was going on, the kite turned skyward, flying vertical. As it did so, it released prey from its grasp and the potential meal dropped towards the water.

Here's a harrier photographed at our ranch.

Click on the photo for a closer view.

The trailing harrier swooped down and snatched the apparent rodent from the air before it hit the water below. It was a nice grab.

Kites hover while hunting.

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