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Modified 18-Aug-10
Created 10-Aug-10
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A Kite hunts the grassland at dawn, hovering absolutely still, then descending to try to grab a small animal. I watched for 15 minutes and did not see success.

Tarweed blossoms in the summer grasslands. The oak woodlands show red and orange as plants shut down for the dry season.

I also watched Harvester Ants move their nest. See "Adventures on a Smaller Scale". This gallery contains images from visits on 8/13 & 8/16 as well.
White-tailed Kite (Elanus leucurus) at RestJuvenile White-tailed Kite (Elanus leucurus) HuntingJuvenile White-tailed Kite (Elanus leucurus) KitingDawn RitualJuvenile White-tailed Kite (Elanus leucurus) at RestJuvenile White-tailed Kite (Elanus leucurus) LandingJuvenile White-tailed Kite (Elanus leucurus) KitingLonely Oak in SummerRidge bordering GrasslandTrees on RidgeOaks, Poison Oak, GrasslandSerpentine Boulders in GrasslandSerpentine Boulders in GrasslandFeatherValley Oak with MistletoeBird SingingValley Oak on RidgeValley Oaks in SummerSummer WoodsSummer Grassland