Thursday, March 1, 2012
Snail Kite, #33/50
I found this (female) Snail Kite @ Wellington Environmental Preserve (Flying Cow Road) early one chilly overcast Sunday morning. This image is cropped, as the bird never came close to the boardwalk. Here he was on a perch on a little island and I was able to walk to an edge to get this, and yet not scare him off. The Wellington Preserve also had a large amount of Limpkin feasting on all the apple snails in this area.
I am excited to be moving into the Raptor Section of this project, up coming images will include, a juvenile Eagle, a red shouldered and coopers hawk~
Distinctively shaped raptor of the wetlands. Males are slate-gray with red legs, Females are dark brown and have a white eyebrow. Juveniles are similar to females, but have white-streaked underparts. Feeds upon large aquatic snails. It perches to feed, patiently waiting for the snail to emerge from its shell. Ranges from southern Florida throughout South America.