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This is a White Tailed Kite being harassed by a pair of crows. I noticed the crows mobbing the Kite, so I grabbed my camera and managed to get one picture of the fight.
For some reason the Kite circled around the area as if reluctant to leave.
Then another White Tailed Kite appeared on the scene and also started harassing the first Kite, dive bombing and screaming at it several times. I think it's a struggle for territory. This is one of the better pics of the aerial combat.
This is the best picture I managed to capture. The lower bird is the attacking bird and it is screaming at the upper bird. So first the Kite is mobbed by crows and then is run off by a screaming Kite. It's a bad day for that Kite.
And here is the winner of the turf war. You can see the beak open and I will always remember that screech!
Camera is Panasonic Lumix DMC ZS8. Pictures cropped/sharpened with Photoscape.
From my corner of the world, West Sacramento, Calif.
Edited to add: The mobbing crows were probably robbing the kite's nest in the tree. Which is why it did not want to leave the area. The other kite was probably defending its territory.
It was a good day!