By Kirsten and Hal Snyder
August 16, 2020

“An unusual number of Swallow-tailed Kites have been seen on-island around the airport where they soar about, catching bugs on the wing. These were taken 7/23/20 when they were perched on a nearby tree (we usually never get to see them sit still!).”

“Catching Bugs”  Photo courtesy of Hal and Kirsten Snyder
“Swallowed-tailed Kite” Photo courtesy of Kirsten and Hal Snyder.

Editor’s Note: The Snyder husband and wife team have always loved photography, birds, and being outdoors. When asked who took each photo, Kirsten said they swap their camera so often they don’t always know. Kirsten and Hal started their website www.moonbeampublishing.com in 2008, focused on bird photography and other interests, to share the amazing sights they witnessed in nature.

The Snyders now call Amelia Island home having retired here in 2014. They donate images and book proceeds to non-profit environmental groups and are published in books, magazines, and calendars around the world. While it is certain that they will continue to miss more wonderful shots than they capture, the thrill of watching the beauty of flight will always remain.

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Sherry Harrell
1 year ago

Thank you to the Snyders for these great photos!! These Kites are so beautiful in flight, and I’ve never seen what they look like while sitting on a branch, so this is a very special treat. Thanks again for sharing your talent with the rest of us.

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