This is another one of those birds that once I looked into my field guide I discovered he pretty much calls the western half of California his home, along with the gulf coastline of Texas. Formerly called the Black-shouldered Kite they prefer open country where they can hover above the ground (looking much like a kite on a string) before dropping down upon a rodent. This was as close as he would allow me to approach. I was at 300mm with my Nikon VR lens, and these shots are cropped in.
After having enough of me, he took off to a more private place. Later he returned at a different spot. This shot too was at 300mm and cropped in even more so than the above images, thus the detail is not that great but at least his underside is visible.
This is the same image before cropping just at the 300mm zoom only. So you can imagine how far away he was and how much he did not want to be any closer to me than was absolutely necessary.
Need some help as to just how far? Picture yourself standing at the fence, he would be in the brown vegetation in the distance just before it turns green right above the bird.
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