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Swallowed-tailed Kite
Photographer: William Kleinfelder
Location: Central Florida
Story: 
This is one of a couple hundred birds that were roasting prior to their migration South. After observing them for some time I found a majority of the time when they skimmed it was to bath not to drink. It was interesting to see how each bird had it's own variation on bathing. The one pictured here deaccelerated so fast, after dipping it's beak underwater, I thought it was going to crashed.
Digital Alterations: 
General exposure and sharping
Camera Information: Canon 7D 500mm F4
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