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Snail Kite

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 EOS 5D Mark II, f/7.1 @ 400 mm, 1/1250, ISO 400, No Flash

Snail Kite