Swallow-tailed Kite

Kite video
This is some video of a swallow-tailed kite that Nancy spotted while she was on vulture patrol. OK, I know you are wondering why Nancy is on vulture patrol, but it is not a strange as it sounds. I am working on a video about food webs and how energy flows through a living system, and I need video footage of scavengers. To help, Nancy is keeping an eye out for vultures that are feeding on roadkill. She spotted this kite near a spot where several vultures were eatting the carcass of a deer, and I thought that the music fit the kite better than it did the vultures.

PatchMomma wrote on Thu, 02/13/2014 - 19:23:

Swallow-tailed Kites are such impressive birds! We have several that fly over our property all the time. They're amazing.

huss0331 wrote on Thu, 09/19/2013 - 21:39:

i don't see the video

cassie wrote on Fri, 01/24/2014 - 23:41:

I can't either. There must be something wrong

PatchMomma wrote on Thu, 02/13/2014 - 19:24:

Click on the blue words that say Kite Video. My browser needed permission to run the video.

Anonymous wrote on Mon, 04/08/2013 - 12:05:

I see the swallow tailed kite often here in Florida. Thanks for the video Robert but the video keeps interrupting and I have a fairly speedy internet connection. Anyway, I love reading that you started to love science when you were 4 years old and was obsessed with dinosaurs, Robert. It reminds me of Ross from Friends :) I admire people with great passion :)

Gabiluka wrote on Thu, 02/07/2013 - 20:19:

I swear I see a kite all the time in my backyard is there a speices that lives in california

kankoon11 wrote on Tue, 10/09/2012 - 15:32:

WOW that sounds like LORD OF THE RINGS music.

Anonymous wrote on Mon, 09/10/2012 - 12:04:

Hello i love your viedos

dmchanner wrote on Tue, 05/01/2012 - 09:07:

That was so cool!!!!!

Anonymous wrote on Tue, 03/27/2012 - 09:29:

is swallow tail kites the name of the bird? and what state is it found in?

rkrampf wrote on Tue, 03/27/2012 - 12:45:

Yes, it is called a Swallow-tailed Kite. They are found in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana. They are also common in Central and South America.

cassie wrote on Fri, 01/24/2014 - 23:43:

I don't see the video. Are they Birds?

prettypaws wrote on Thu, 03/01/2012 - 05:47:

oops now i found it but it keeps on stoping.

hillsboroughmiddle wrote on Wed, 02/10/2010 - 11:24:

What is your name and how did you become a scientist

rkrampf wrote on Wed, 02/10/2010 - 13:08:

My name is Robert Krampf. My love of science started when I was about 4, and was obsessed with dinosaurs.
That grew into a hobby of collecting fossils, which led me to study geology in college. I got a job at the local science museum (The Memphis Pink Palace Museum) and worked there for 13 years, teaching geology, biology, chemistry, and physics. For the past 22 years, I have been roaming the country, presenting live shows and making videos, trying to show people how much fun science can be.

2doodles wrote on Fri, 01/22/2010 - 13:58:

Dear Mr. Krampf,
Do swallow tail kites use their tails to help steer them?

rkrampf wrote on Fri, 01/22/2010 - 21:26:

Yes, they use their tails more than their wings for steering. Watch how the tail rotates back and forth as the kite flies.

Anonymous wrote on Mon, 05/04/2009 - 23:17:

The video keeps stopping...it's downloading too slowly. It's been about 4 minutes so far and it's only downloaded about a tenth of the video.