Mississippi Kite
Ictinia mississippiensis
The Mississippi Kite (Ictinia mississippiensis) nests across much of the south east and south central United States. In the fall, the species often migrates in flocks as they head south, but often single individuals may be encountered. The three shots of juvenile Mississippi Kite shown here show two individuals in the town of Balmorhea, Reeves Co., Texas, in September, 2006. These shots were taken with a Canon EOS 1D Mark II and EF 600mm F/4 L IS lens and 1.4X extender.
The two shots of juvenile Mississippi Kites below were taken near a nest in Ochiltree Co., Texas, in August, 2004, with the same gear as above.
The next 4 shots show an adult Mississippi Kite at Sweetwater, Nolan Co., Texas, in July, 2008. These 4 images were taken with a Canon EOS 1D Mark III and EF 500mm F/4 L IS lens.
The next 5 shots of Mississippi Kites were taken in the Texas Panhandle in Hansford Co., in July, 2009, with a Canon EOS 50D and an EF 500mm F/4 L IS lens. The first shot shows an adult perched while the next 2 shots show a different adult which has a ciccada it has caught. Finally are 2 shots of this same adult in flight, still carrying the ciccada in its bill.