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N 63 B 314 C 31 E Aug 11, 2019 F Dec 8, 2019
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The snail kite (Rostrhamus sociabilis) is a bird of prey within the family Accipitridae, which also includes the eagles, hawks, and Old World vultures. Its relative, the slender-billed kite, is now again placed in Helicolestes, making the genus Rostrhamus monotypic. Usually, it is placed in the milvine kites, but the validity of that group is under investigation. (Okay)


The Florida snail kite is aptly named - it feeds almost exclusively on apple snails and, in the United States, is found only in Florida.
The species was listed as endangered in 1967. Today, the population is considered to be stable, but extremely vulnerable to the stresses of habitat loss, prolonged droughts and anything that affects the availability of apple snails, its primary food.
Snail kites breed from December to August and lay an average of three eggs in bulky nests built in a variety of wetland trees, shrubs and emergent vegetation. During the nesting season, the birds are usually found singly or in pairs; in winter, they often roost together in communal groups.
Lucky observers will witness the snail kite in action, as it searches for its prey by flying low over shallow freshwater marshes scattered with shrubs and trees. When it spots a snail, it swoops down, extends its legs into the water and briefly hovers while it grasps the snail with its talons. While still in flight or after landing on a nearby perch, the kite uses its thin, hooked bill to pull the snail from its shell.

I found this male at Joe Overstreet Landing in Osceola County, Florida.

Tags:   bird birds Snale Kite Florida Osceola County Osceola County Joe Overstreet Landing water fresh water Lake Kissimmee nature wildlife outside outdoor image photograph camera canon Sx60HS PowerShot Bird of Prey Florida Wildlife swamps marsh perched post male baned Red Eyes ghelm4747 Gary Helm animal

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A bit graphic, but I don't get to see or photograph a sparrowhawk too often. I photographed this female from my back door; she is standing on our neighbour's shed, and devouring what looks like the remains of a pigeon, quite a large meal for her I would think. D500_45372.NEF. Many thanks for views, comments and favourites.

Tags:   England Essex Europe Great Britain Walton Walton on the Naze Woodberry Way bird fauna hawk raptor sparrowhawk

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KINGFISHERS often perch on overhanging branches and plunge headlong into the water, was at the Feast hide for only two hours, and he put in three visits, and caught three smallish fish. A joy to see these birds, the plumage is undeniably striking, and the paparazzi of clicking cameras , from the many birders, endorses my statement. Seen at Stodmarsh, Grove Ferry, Kent.
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THANK YOU FOR BEING A FRIEND, love your comments, they are very appreciated, and find encouraging. Will return the visit, and do the same on your latest posting.
Hope your weekend is going well , enjoy the Lords day...
God bless you....................................Tomx

Tags:   Nature Through The Lens

N 76 B 600 C 23 E Dec 7, 2019 F Dec 7, 2019
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Have you ever seen a fox in better condition!

I watched him for some time before he finally broke cover.
When he did finally show, he trotted off around the back of the pond.

The trick is to let him get where you want him and stop him in his tracks.

Get it right and he will stop and look straight down the barrel of the lens. Get it wrong and he will be off like a rocket and you won't see him again for the rest of the day.

Tags:   Red Fox Vulpes vulpes

N 162 B 758 C 81 E Dec 2, 2019 F Dec 6, 2019
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