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Formerly known as the Everglades Kite, the Snail Kite can be found year-round in central and south Florida. This federally endangered species frequents freshwater wetlands where its primary food source is the apple snail
A heavy load
I have been wanting to capture a Snail Kite actually picking a snail and I finally got one. This snail was no normal snail, as it was enormous! At least 3 different birds tried to pick it up and dropped it immediately. The Kite pictured did fly off with it, but eventually dropped it, as it too realized it was just not worth it's efforts.