Butterfly Beach, Summerland, CA
I was at Santa Barbara California in vacation.
I took it next to a pier, it wasn't sunny, it was cloudy.
pod of about 10-15 dolphins
santa cruz island subspecies, O. s. santacruza
It was hovering above the area just beyond the entrance to Goleta Beach - with Santa Ynez Mountains backdrop.
Prey strike location shown on map.
"On very rare occasions, defensive action can result in physical contact between two kites. The wing of an opponent is held in the beak of the territorial kite, and the entwined birds unable to fly, tumble downward. After falling about half the distance to the earth, they separate and fly up to about one hundred and fifty feet off the ground to start again. A descent to almost ground level has also been observed."
Interaction as described above - the pair fell almost to ground level.
White-tailed Kite, Adult, Juvenile, More Mesa
White-tailed Kites, Adult, Juvenile, More Mesa
White-tailed Kite, Hovering, More Mesa