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Old Jul 24, 2009, 7:37 PM   #1
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Default Bad News For Snail Kites

It looks like the nest I have been following in Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge is a failed nest site. There were never any chicks and now the adults are ignoring the nest. There are active nests in the area, but not where you can get close enough to photograph (Unless You Ride A Gator There).

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1 - Female Snail Kite (Who does her nails!)
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Old Jul 24, 2009, 10:11 PM   #2
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Those are very nice, great detail and color.

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Old Jul 24, 2009, 10:15 PM   #3
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Terrific shots of those amazing birds, well captured especially the first.


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Old Jul 25, 2009, 1:28 PM   #4
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It is disappointing, but such things happen. A snake or other predator may have gotten the eggs even before they hatched. It is also possible that they are a new pair - sometimes early attempts fail until they learn the ropes. Still nice pictures, though - worth the effort.
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Old Jul 25, 2009, 1:57 PM   #5
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Thanks for another great series. The K-7 really did a great job.

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Old Jul 26, 2009, 5:13 PM   #6
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Sad for the bird population, but great photos for us to see! Do snail kites attempt a second nesting if the first fails? Does not seem to be the rule for most raptors in our region, but we do not have snail kites here... Just wondering. Thanks again for some great photos of these fine birds!
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