The targets outside of Allendale were large coastal Bermuda hay fields. As the group pulled up to the fields around 10:00am, the first Swallow-tailed Kites were already swooping low over the fields in search of June bugs. June bugs are type of Scarab beetle and their green and black bodies are not much bigger than the size of a quarter. Fourtunately for the hungry kites, the hay fields were full of June bugs. With each swoop, the kites seemed to be effortlessly catching the June bugs with their feet. Unlike many other raptors in South Carolina which perch before eating, kites often eat their prey while flying.
Stay tuned...the land manager intends to cut another nearby field next month, which should once again attract a multitude of the Swallow-tailed Kites!