A bird of tropical marshlands, the Snail Kite makes it to the United States only in southern Florida. This specialized hawk feeds primarily on snails Snail Kites are 14 to 19 in long with a 39–47 in wingspan. It flies slowly with its head facing downwards, looking for its main food, the large apple snails.The Snail Kite is a locally endangered species in the Florida Everglades, with a population of less than 400 breeding pairs. Research has demonstrated that water-level control in the Everglades is depleting the population of apple snails. However, this species is not generally threatened over its extensive . Captured in Lehigh, Florida.

Canon 5D mk2
canon 400mm

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  • Gail Falcon
    Gail Falconover 2 years ago

    Gorgeous capture!!

  • thanks so much Gail

    – kathy s gillentine

  • MarekM
    MarekMover 2 years ago

    Excellent!

  • thanks so much

    – kathy s gillentine

  • Janone
    Janoneover 2 years ago

    Perfectly Captured, Kathy.
    Good action shot.
    Jan

  • thanks so much Jan

    – kathy s gillentine

  • Bevellee
    Bevelleeover 2 years ago

    Great shot Kathy…

  • thanks so much

    – kathy s gillentine

  • Pamela Phelps
    Pamela Phelpsover 2 years ago

    Beautiful capture of this fine bird!

  • thanks so much Pamela

    – kathy s gillentine

  • Kim McClain Gregal
    Kim McClain Gr...over 2 years ago

    Awesome !

  • thanks so much Kim

    – kathy s gillentine

  • leonie7
    leonie7over 2 years ago

    Wow What an Amazing capture so beautiful Kathy well done lee

  • thanks so much Lee

    – kathy s gillentine

  • billfox256
    billfox256over 2 years ago

    Another of your skillfully done bird captures!!! You certainly capture every detail of this
    beautiful birds!!! Bill

  • thanks so much Bill

    – kathy s gillentine

  • torjoh
    torjohover 2 years ago

    Excellent work Kathy!

  • thanks so much

    – kathy s gillentine

  • BigD
    BigDover 2 years ago

    Beautiful bird, Kathy

  • thanks so much Big D

    – kathy s gillentine

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