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Snail Kite

Rostrhamus sociabilis


These were hunting for apple snails along with the limpkins at the preserve. I was surprised to see them there, as they have very limited range in Florida. We saw two, maybe three of them hunting at this location. In the last photo you can see one of them swooping down to grab a snail. I think the ones pictured here are either females or juveniles; I saw no adult males.


Next to the boardwalk of La Chua Trail in Payne's Prairie. The surrounding area was flooded from recent rains.


Most snail kites feed almost exclusively on apple snails, but they will turn to other aquatic invertebrates when apple snails are scarce. My spotting of the apple snails at this location are here:

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Machi 3 weeks ago

Thanks Neil! :) Glad you can appreciate them. An amazing experience for me as this bird was a lifer.

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 3 weeks ago

Wonderful spotting, Machi. Excellent photos and notes, and cheers for the link to your apple snail spotting too. Very interesting.

Florida, USA

Lat: 29.60, Long: -82.28

Spotted on Dec 11, 2018
Submitted on Feb 27, 2019

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