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  By Peter S. Weber

   
Snail Kite

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This adult male Snail Kite was photographed near the Miccosukee Indian Restaurant in the Shark Valley area of Everglades National Park in Florida. The Everglades Snail Kite (Rostrhamus sociabilis plumbeous), the subspecies of the Snail Kite that occurs in the United States, is on the U.S. Endangered Species List. It is classified as endangered in Florida, but the species as a whole is not threatened in most of its range (southward of Florida to South America). The Florida population has become seriously reduced because many of the marshlands that serve as its habitat have been drained in order to develop the land. The loss of marshland means loss of the kite's prey species, the Apple Snail. The choking of marsh waters by water hyacinth also serves to reduce usable habitat for this species, because it hides prey from sight. Apple Snail populations have probably also decreased because of pesticides and other pollutants. Ongoing efforts to maintain habitat and monitor water levels and Apple Snail populations appear to have helped stabilize the Everglades Snail Kite, and there is evidence that it is currently on the increase.

 

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This page includes a sampling of my recent photographs. The photographs below are just a sample of the photographs that I have obtained of each species. In order to view additional photos visit the stocklist page where you can search for the species of your choice!


 
Northern Cardinal
Black-capped Chickadee
Killdeer
 
Northern Cardinal
sangamon County, IL
Black-capped Chickadee
Sangamon County, IL
Killdeer
Sangamon County, IL
 
Song Sparrow
Wood Duck
White-throated Sparrow
 
Song Sparrow
Sangamon County, IL
Wood Duck
Sangamon County, IL
White-throated Sparrow
Sangamon County, IL
 
Mountain Bluebird
Mountain Bluebird
Mountain Chickadee
 
Mountain Bluebird (male)
Bryce Canyon
National Park, UT
Mountain Bluebird (female)
Bryce Canyon
National Park, UT
Mountain Chickadee
Mount Charleston, NV
 
Lesser Scaup
Ross's Goose
Western Scrub-Jay
 
Lesser Scaup
Las Vegas, NV
Ross's Goose
Las Vegas, NV
Western Scrub Jay
Red Rocks NWA, NV
 
Northern Harrier
Redhead
Redhead
 
Northern Harrier
Henderson, NV
Redhead (male)
Las Vegas, NV
Redhead (female)
Las Vegas, NV
 
Pygmy Nuthatch
Great-tailed Grackle
Great-tailed Grackle
 
Pygmy Nuthatch
Mount Charleston, NV
Great-tailed Grackle (female)
Las Vegas, NV
Great-tailed Grackle (male)
Las Vegas, NV
 
Greater White-fronted Goose
Greater White-fronted Goose
Ring-necked Duck
 
Greater White-fronted Goose
Las Vegas, NV
Greater White-fronted Goose
Las Vegas, NV
Ring-necked Duck (female)
Las Vegas, NV
 
Clark's Nutcracker
American Wigeon
Ring-necked Duck
 
Clark's Nutcracker
Mount Charleston, NV
American Wigeon
Las Vegas, NV
Ring-necked Duck (male)
Las Vegas, NV
 
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Northern Cardinal
 
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Rochester, IL
Northern Cardinal
Rochester, IL