The diet of the Snail Kite consists entirely of Apple Snails. The Kites fly over known snail beds and their keen eyes home in on snails in the shallow water. It is amazing to me that they manage to locate snails at all because sometimes the water appears murky and it is filled with grasses that shield anything from view. When they hover for a second or two over a spot, they usually have spied their target. They shift their bodies, as this male is doing, in preparation for the feet first precision plunge that results in a successful snail snatch.