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Old Jul 29, 2014, 6:07 PM   #1
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Default ....a call of nature, Mississippi Kite & 'dance of the twig'

If you follow me on Facebook you know I've posted similar to this on my FB page, but I will share this here too because of all the events of nature I've seen, and there are many, including a rattlesnake mating dance in the high sierras of southern California, this was the first time I've witnessed an act like this and it was great joy to see.

I went back to the city park where I saw a Mississippi Kite the day before. Seeing that bird was a highlight of my 2014 parks excursions because the bird, although not rare in our area, is not often seen; for me it was the first ever that I saw it.

Now, the story...... when I got to the park where I thought the bird would be I saw there were two, the day before I had seen only the one. As I watched and set up the tripod and camera there were 5 others flying about the pond area. The Mississippi Kite colonizes and the group I saw was obviously of a colony, it was a great sighting.

Then the acting began, at first I did not recognize it was happening until the adult came back to the tree a 2nd/3rd time where the sub-adult female sat (I learned about the bird coloring here => http://tinyurl.com/l8gjfbm) bringing food which she ate while he watched.

Following breakfast on the limb the male left to return with the twig; next was the dance between the two.

It became obvious that I was watching the monogamous matching of these two birds.

I've no idea why the photos are not of better quality but this act of nature I likely will never again see so what I have is what I am keeping and sharing.
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Old Jul 29, 2014, 7:51 PM   #2
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Wonderful series Bob. I really like the last one. Thanks for posting.
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Old Jul 29, 2014, 8:23 PM   #3
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Great stuff, that last one looks as if they have just realised that they were being watched.

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Old Jul 29, 2014, 9:55 PM   #4
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Thanks for posting these Bob! I need a Facebook account about as much as Bruce Jenner needs another facelift or eye job, so it's either here or your Smugmug page for me

What a find. Great story of images.
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Thanks for posting these Bob! I need a Facebook account about as much as Bruce Jenner needs another facelift or eye job, so it's either here or your Smugmug page for me
Haa, Haa, Haa. Snort, snort, wheeze, Haa, haa, haa.

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That is a superb series Bob! I have never seen anything like that, and good for you to have your camera when it happened.
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Thanks all for seeing & commenting. As I said, I've seen many natural acts of wildlife, some gruesome of power and achievement; Timber wolves downing moose & bears arguing over fishing rights and wild otter frolicking, but never a romp like this one.

This was a highlight sequence, I've more..... the male never once lost hold of the twig. I suppose it can be natural to do an offering of sorts for the courtship, I will research this as I find it very interesting.

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DONE .... I researched and have learned that it is 'naturally' normal courtship for the male Kite to bring food for the female AND of all things 'twigs' most usually green with leaves as a token for affection. Once copulation is accomplished it is common for the pair to sit close and touch beaks as if to kiss.

The stuff of nature is awesome.
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Nice shots Bob. Looks like the contrast is up a bit on those.
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hi james,

I am having a dickens of a time right now and not certain what is happening. I've not had a good outing for a while. Different lenses on the E-M1 are giving pretty nasty results for the most part.

Aftershot Pro 2 as of the current upgrade last week is refusing to run on my iMAC 27 @ 12GB RAM because ASPro2 reports unable to allocate additional memory and it closes automatically because of it.

I will now need to load ASPro2 to my MAC-mini and try to isolate where these problems are. Not fun things I wanted to do but photographically things are not going well at this time. I have basically the same results from the E-M1, E-P3 and E-3 with the 70-300. Files look fairly decent at the cameras then at the edit software .... junk.

If I weren't so damned old I would sell all my photo gear and buy a motocross 450 KTM and start racing again....... BUTTTTT that can't happen, maybe back to fishing would work to settle this crappy nonsense.

Thanks James for commenting on some really awful photos, but a lovely nature story.
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Great series Bob,

What a moment to capture, nature has a way of delighting and surprising that keeps you coming back for more. I really like shot #5 where he's got the twig and she's looking the other way like she's not interested/impressed with his offering. From that shot on the story is told and told well. Thanks for sharing.
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