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Old Aug 29, 2008, 3:54 PM   #1
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I believe this is a Snail Kite. Bird was smaller than an Osprey and larger than the Hawks I see here. The Snail Kite is on the endangered list. Main diet is the Apple Snail.

If you can ID as different bird let me know, not 100% sure.

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Unfortunately the picture is rather blurry on this guide, but I think you are correct about it being a snail kite. Possibly female.

http://www.mbr-pwrc.usgs.gov/id/framlst/i3300id.html
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Here's another site for checking them out. Looks like one to me!

http://www.birds.cornell.edu/AllAbou...nail_Kite.html

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Very interesting, I have never seen one before. Quite a pronounced hook in the beak. All of those are great shots.

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Lucky you. That is what it is, and it is a hard bird to find - I was never that lucky. Nice catch. :-D
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Yikes! I'm sure that beak is plenty useful in getting it's prey. But, I wouldn't want to be anywhere near it.

Nice capture.

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