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Old Jun 20, 2009, 6:36 PM   #1
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Discovered a new nest site being created in Loxahatchee National Wildlife refuge. Observed Snil Kite pair mating three times. After mating the male would fly out and bring back nest material or snails. Unfortunately the sun was behind them so what I got when they mated on the top of a cypress tree (twice) was a dark outline. They mated in the nest once, mostly obstructed by willows. I could only see the edge of the nest. The shot I am posting of them mating on top of the tree I added a blue background since it was whited out with no detal. I left the flight shots as they were.

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Old Jun 20, 2009, 7:30 PM   #2
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You should be ashamed Ed!

don't you just hate it when the sun won't cooperate with you!
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Isn't there any privacy anymore ?

The fight shots are very good.

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After mating the male would fly out and bring back nest material or snails.
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Like bringing flowers to the bride - they are actually in the nature of offerings to cement the pair bond after mating. Very nice documentation of this behavior, Ed. .
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nice series, a lot better than my predator shots (only have 1)

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