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Female Snail Kite


Posted by Jakejacoby on Thu Sep 19, 2019 7:19 am

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You can just see the red eyes that indicate this is a female.  She picked up a very large Apple Snail, brought it to a snag and then tried to open and eat it.  It was just too large and she finally discarded it.  The kites appear to be slowly adapting to the larger invasive snails but will always take the smaller native snails when they have the choice.
Central Florida.
Canon 7D2; Vertical crop; Mid-day very harsh light.
ISO 800; f/5.6; 1/8000;

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by Gene Gwin on Thu Sep 19, 2019 2:12 pm
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Jake, A very interesting image. Adaptation will have to happen before the larger invasive snails take over. Something that I have found that helps slightly with harsh sun is to use a larger f/stop and the smallest ISO the camera allows--typically either 64 or 100. The lower ISO will allow more dynamic range which seems to help.
 

by Jakejacoby on Thu Sep 19, 2019 3:34 pm
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Gene Gwin wrote:
Jake, A very interesting image.  Adaptation will have to happen before the larger invasive snails take over.  Something that I have found that helps slightly with harsh sun is to use a larger f/stop and the smallest ISO the camera allows--typically either 64 or 100.  The lower ISO will allow more dynamic range which seems to help.


Thanks Gene - I'll give it a shot.
 

by Gene Gwin on Thu Sep 19, 2019 3:47 pm
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Jakejacoby wrote:
Gene Gwin wrote:
Jake, A very interesting image.  Adaptation will have to happen before the larger invasive snails take over.  Something that I have found that helps slightly with harsh sun is to use a larger f/stop and the smallest ISO the camera allows--typically either 64 or 100.  The lower ISO will allow more dynamic range which seems to help.


Thanks Gene - I'll give it a shot.


Jake,
I realized that what I said was not exactly correct.  Technically f/2.8 is larger than f/8.  What I meant when saying larger f stop is somewhere around f/8 or f/9.  Sorry if it caused you any confusion.
 

by Jakejacoby on Thu Sep 19, 2019 4:36 pm
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Gene Gwin wrote:
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Gene Gwin wrote:
Jake, A very interesting image.  Adaptation will have to happen before the larger invasive snails take over.  Something that I have found that helps slightly with harsh sun is to use a larger f/stop and the smallest ISO the camera allows--typically either 64 or 100.  The lower ISO will allow more dynamic range which seems to help.


Thanks Gene - I'll give it a shot.


Jake,
I realized that what I said was not exactly correct.  Technically f/2.8 is larger than f/8.  What I meant when saying larger f stop is somewhere around f/8 or f/9.  Sorry if it caused you any confusion.


Got it...
 

by Ron Day on Thu Sep 19, 2019 5:27 pm
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Jake, your Snail Kite series is excellent. I like that most of your images, including this one, include a snail in the Kite’s talons. Gene makes a good point on improving dynamic range.
 

by Carol Clarke on Fri Sep 20, 2019 5:25 pm
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You do have to contend with the harsh light down there in Florida, Jake but this is a very nice collection of these beautiful kites.  As I shall probably never see them, I have found your shots very informative. :) 

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by Karl Egressy on Sat Sep 21, 2019 5:55 pm
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Nice write up and image, Jake.
 

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