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Saw these birds while out walking today. The white tops, fairly large size, seems to be in either eagle or hawk family. Maybe osprey? Sorry I couldn't do better on pics - had a dog on my arm! Zoomed as much as I could with my phone camera. I posted the pics publicly on Facebook, because I don't see an upload option: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10219919184998502&set=pcb.10219919185478514&type=3&theater There are 3 pictures to look through. I am located in Port St. Lucie, FL, for reference.


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Tammy, welcome!  A Swallow-Tailed Kite is a fascinating raptor and a real joy to watch on the wing.  Outside of nesting season, they're rarely seen perched.


If you didn't know, Swallow-Tailed Kites are under environmental pressures and are the subject of conservation studies.  Would you mind reporting your sighting to the Center for Birds of Prey?  It only takes a couple of minutes.  If you'd like, you can include the link to your Facebook photos in the Comments box.




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Beautiful raptor and one of the most majestic birds in the US. Just saw 5 in southeastern Louisiana, plus a Mississippi Kite in a residential neighborhood. Unfortunately the Swallow Tailed Kites numbers have been dwindling over the last 30 years in this area. 

As an aside, saw my first Black bellied Whistling/Tree ducks(4) and a small flock of Fulvous, in the same area. 

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