2022—One Gorgeous Male

At my age, I can always appreciate a gorgeous male and I now find that I can appreciate gorgeous males of many species besides Homo sapiens like this stunning male Rostrhamus sociabilis, or Snail Kite. On our third morning on the airboat on Lake Kissimmee, we encountered this unbanded male sporting deep gray plumage and brilliant red legs, a classic example of a Snail Kite. Gorgeous indeed and with no bands to show the hand of man. He had just snatched an Apple Snail from the shallow water and was searching for a place to consume it so he was flying low past the surrounding trees and bushes along the lake’s edge as droplets of water dripped off his feet and the snail’s shell.