Bonaire’s first White-tailed Kite.
It was with a mixture of disbelief, delight, and awe, with a huge smile crossing my face, that I first set eyes on (the first observation of) a White-tailed Kite, here on Bonaire.
I had almost stopped birding for the day, but with an hour of sunlight left before sunset, I told myself, “I’ll just make one more stop.” I never got there!
As I was driving to my final location for the afternoon, I saw, from the rear, what looked to be a small raptor. All I could see was black and white, and my first thought was, “A very small Osprey?”
But as I pulled up beside this elegant-looking bird of prey, it turned its face to me–and, as we stared into each other’s eyes, I saw the soulful, pure white face and petite, hooked bill, and I immediately knew this was a special bird!