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White-tailed Kites at Lake Hodges

White-tailed Kites at Lake Hodges

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    • The White-tailed Kites of Lake Hodges Presentation by Robert Harrington
    • Sponsored by the San Deguito River Park September 17, 2011
    © Robert Harrington 2011
    • The White-tailed Kites of Lake Hodges
    • In early 2011 a pair of White-tailed Kites established a nest in the vicinity of the Piedras Pintadas Trail and raised 4 young.
    • In April they built another nest (No. 2) and raised 4 more.
    • In July they built another nest (No. 3) and raised 2 more.
    • Reference info:
      • Monogomous pairs are formed in December
      • Both of pair help in building nest
      • Female incubates four eggs for 30-32 days
      • Male brings food during incubation
      • Young fly 30-35 days after hatching
      • Parents continue to feed young for approx. one month
    • Trail Map, Lake Hodges South
    • Brood no. 1 (2 of 4), April 12
    • Brood No. 1, April 12
    • Adult, April 12
    • Nest No. 2, April 22
    • Nest Tree No. 2 seen from Piedras Pintadas Trail
    • Male delivering food, April 22
    • Adult in Nest, May 4
    • Male having his share, May 5
    • Male delivering portion to nest, May 5
    • Young in nest, May 24
    • Young in nest, May 26
    • Male delivering food, May 26
    • Young in nest, May 30
    • First venture from nest, June 3
    • First venture from nest, June 3:
    • Looking for something to grab on to
    • First venture from nest, June 3:
    • Getting lesson on the law of gravity
    • First venture from nest, June 3:
    • Pulling up
    • First venture from nest, June 3:
    • “ So what are you looking at?”
    • Food handoff, June 5 (1)
    • Food handoff, June 5 (2)
    • Food handoff, June 5 (3)
    • Adult, June 8
    • Juvenile, June 8
    • Juvenile, June 8
    • Juvenile with gopher, June 8
    • Two of four Juveniles in Brood 2, June 13
    • Juvenile swallowing gopher, June 13
    • Food handoff, June 17 (1)
    • Food handoff, June 17 (2)
    • Food handoff, June 17 (3)
    • Food handoff, June 17 (4)
    • Food handoff, June 17 (4)
    • Food handoff, June 17 (5)
    • Food handoff, June 17 (6)
    • Juvenile, June 17
    • Juvenile with gopher, June 17
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    • Adult with material for Nest No. 3, June 24