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Kites And Dreams

Kites And Dreams

"Throw your dreams into space like a kite, and you do not know what it will bring back, a new life, a new friend, a new love, a new country." ~ Anais Nin

While on safari in Tanzania's Ngorogoro Crater, my party and I stopped for lunch in an area common to other lunching tourists on a daily basis. It was in this setting, while we feasted on our box lunches of fried chicken, that we were able to get a wonderous display of extreme flight manuevers, while these opportunistic hunters fought for any possible scraps. Sitting back in the shade of a tree with a stiff breeze in the air, while I watched these raptors and other nearby birds, was indeed another wonderous moment of a dream coming true. I felt new life in this new country.

The Black Kite (Milvus migrans) is a medium-sized bird of prey in the family Accipitridae, which also includes many other diurnal raptors. Unlike others of the group, Black Kites are opportunistic hunters and are more likely to scavenge. They spend a lot of time soaring and gliding in thermals in search of food. Their angled wing and distinctive forked tail make them easy to identify; the man-made flying objects known as kites take their names from this bird. Kites can be found on most continents, with three subfamilies representing an array of species.