Snail Kite

Karen  Moore

Lehigh Acres, United States

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This is an Everglades Snail Kite, very rare on the endangered list. I have been trying to capture this gal for sometime. This is the best I have at this point. Still want better! It was overcast and I just could not get the light I wanted to get a really good photo. This is cropped close so you can see what they look like. In flight you can see that white band on their tail that only the kite has. I have one in flight but it is not so good. I will keep trying.

The Everglade snail kite (Rostrhamus sociabilis) is a wide-ranging New World raptor species found
primarily in lowland freshwater marshes in tropical
and subtropical America from Florida, Cuba, and Mexico south to Argentina and Peru. The species from Florida and Cuba (Rostrhamus sociabilis plumbeus) was first listed as endangered pursuant to the Endangered Species Conservation Act in 1967. The common name used in the original listing was Everglade snail kite and this remains
unchanged in the official FWS Code of Federal
Regulations. The snail kite is a medium-sized raptor, with a total body length for adult birds of 36 to 39.5 cm and a wingspan of 109 to 116 cm (Sykes et al. 1995). In both sexes, the tail is
square-tipped with a distinctive white base, and the wings are broad, and paddle-shaped. Adults of both sexes have red eyes, while juveniles have brown eyes.

Everglade snail kite (Rostrhamus sociabilis
plumbeus) listed as endangered

This was taken on the Able Canal in Lehigh Acres Florida

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