A studio for bird study

Tag: kite

Swallow-tailed Kite Movements

by Bryce W. Robinson

Swallow-Tailed Kite - Elanoides forficatus. 11 x 17

Swallow-Tailed Kite – Elanoides forficatus. 11 x 17″ prismacolor on bristol.

I illustrated this Swallow-tailed Kite for my friend Russ. He found Arizona’s first state record back in 2012, so understandably the Swallow-tailed is a special bird to him. You can see the accepted record here:


It would be so exciting to see an unexpected X soaring high above the desert. Lately, Swallow-tailed Kites have been showing up in some odd places. For whatever reason a few birds have strayed farther north than their normal range. In this past weeks Rare Bird Alert on the ABA Blog, four separate sightings of the species were made in three different states: Illinois, Indiana, and Kansas. Sometimes birds make strange movements in great distances. You never know, you might be at a hawk watch this fall somewhere in the west and see a large X soaring in the sky. Better start scanning…


The White-tailed Kite- Elanus leucurus

by Bryce W. Robinson

White-tailed Kite- Elanus leucurus. Ink on paper

Since I saw the hovering White-tailed kite in the sky last weekend, it seemed I could never shake the angst caused by the urge for more interaction with this creature. With the first bit of free time in my day today, I sat and sketched the bird. This has satisfied my itch for the time being, but rest assured there will be plenty more illustrations and photos to come. I will soon search for the White-tailed Kite once more, and the reports will follow.