07 - 10/10
The weather has settled into a rhythm of clear skies with warm sunny afternoons which is always good for movements of raptors . I only caught a glimpse of a large raptor passing over the lagoon the previous day which has sharpened my appetite for not missing the next bird that pays a fleeting visit.
A Swallow-tailed Kite passed through the lagoon on the 7th taking a brief drink from the lagoon as it headed N. This appears to be a regular flyway for this species at this time of year.
A Snail Kite was caught on camera as it made its way SW over the lagoon on 8th at 11am. This species does stop off for on the reserve very often but I have seen them in trees on the edge of the Lagoon and Seasonal Pond.
A Pearl Kite gave some of the housemates an aerobatics display during this morning (10th). The Brown-chested Martin is a bigger version of the Sand Martin and I always live in hope of the latter passing through the reserve! As I was looking closely at these and Grey-breasted Martin I caught eye of four Mississippi Kite in the corner of my binos. These flew into the wind with wings folded in formation flew N at 1355hrs. They seemed in a great hurry to get places! Little did I know that this would be the start of a mini movement of this species.
The second group was much larger a total of 18 birds which arrived over the Atlantic Forest wheeling in all directions before grouping up to head NW at 1520hrs. The last group was much smaller three birds that flew N at 1530hrs! Will there be more tomorrow!!