2022—Snail Kite

Wow! What a way to start an adventure! Our goal was to photograph the endangered Florida Snail Kite whose territory is central Florida. The bird is on both the National and Florida State endangered species lists, with fewer than 1000 individuals. Its diet consists almost exclusively of native apple snails and now it is acclimating to a much larger introduced snail. I was not expecting to see, let alone photograph the rare bird especially with its native namesake prey, until we’d been here a while, at least a few hours if not a few days. We climbed onto the air boat under Captain Mark’s command and buzzed out of the dock and headed into Lake Kissimmee in central Florida. Within a few minutes, we encountered this banded male Snail Kite and spent much of our three plus hours on the water with him and a cooperative female. In total, we saw three Snail Kites, one male and two females, and 38 species of birds during the morning. My kind of morning!

3 thoughts on “2022—Snail Kite

  1. Good morning Carol I am interested to know the camera, lens and exposure information you used to capture this wonderful image.

    1. Hello George

      I’m sorry it’s taken me so long to respond to you. Thank you for your kind words. I took this image using the Nikon Z9, Nikkor 500mm PF lens with the Nikon TC14iiie teleconverter making the reach 700mm plus DX crop so in the end, 1050mm. ISO 400, f/8, 1/640 shutter speed. Best regards, Carol Smith

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