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Male Snail Kite - Kissimmee, FL [Explored]

Lake Tohopekaliga

05/07/2011

 

Snail Kites are a threatened species in Florida although their populations further south are relatively healthy. However, the constant push to develop land and drain the swamps threatens the Snail Kites primary food source, the apple snail. In this image, the male Snail Kite is flying off with a large meaty morsel from an apple snail. You can see this bird is tagged, but you can also see that he has an antennae attached as well. Researchers use a transmitter attached to his body to track his whereabouts and learn more about migratory patterns and where the kites are finding suitable habitat.

 

The dragonfly in this image was a plus. Naturally I didn't see it while I was in the field.

 

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Taken on May 7, 2011