The Swallow-tailed Kite is truly one of the coolest birds to see on the wing. They have an unmistakeable swallow tail and rotate their tail in flight to fly gracefully and with the precision that only master of the skies can achieve. Although it is hard to see in this picture, they have white plumage and black wingtips and edges and black tail feathers. This morning on near Six Mile Charter Academy, I had the pleasure of seeing a Swallow-tailed Kite up close and personal about 6:45 am. It flew over my vehicle crossing Six Mile Cypress Rd, just past the intersection of Daniels Road and Six Mile Cypress in front of the Century Link Stadium.
These remarkable birds, can be seen roosting every spring in Six Mile Cypress Slough preserve, and often perch just inside the entrance on the right hand side in the large Slash Pine Trees.
All the best,