Beautifully captured action scene congrats.
Danke schoen, Klaus. It is fun to see these birds in action.
Looks like to me one of these birds didn’t want company. What an expression on the one birds face. Nice photo Greg.
FYI - Linda, they are a mated pair and I could show you the prior and subsequent photos. They have a nest with chicks about to fledge from which they each flew independently to this tree, and they have a second nest prepared to receive a new brood. The next several photos would show them engaging in coitus. The “look” on the face of the female kite is not something we should anthropomorphize - she is ready for sex or she would not have stayed in the tree and made ready as he flew in. Both of the “Encounter” photos I posted have a similar behavior on both birds and these are of different birds in different seasons.
Thanks Greg for taking the time to explain all of this . . . nature continues to constantly fascinate me.