This video from Mexico says about itself:
I videoscoped this female Snail Kite Rostrhamus sociabilis. The apple snail has a hard protective disc at the opening of the shell, the Snail Kite removes this first and discards it, then proceeds to remove the snail from its shell with its deeply hooked beak.
Toward the end of the clip I turned the camera 90 degrees. This was taken with a Nikon Coolpix P5100 and held to a Nikon Fieldscope II ED 82mm with a 30X wide angle eyepiece and slik tripod.
In the afternoon, from Paramaribo to the north, to the shore of the Atlantic Ocean a few miles away.
A snail kite flying overhead. A snowy egret.
A couple of pied water-tyrants has built their nest, hanging from a plant on the bank of a ditch. This species breeds during all months of the year in Suriname. A relative of the pied water-tyrant is the white-headed marsh tyrant. A male of that species is sitting a bit further, on a pole in the ditch.
We find eggs, attached to a water plant, of the snail species eaten by the snail kite: an apple snail.
Six wood storks flying overhead.
Near a Hindu crematory, we reach the muddy ocean beach. Many snowy egrets. Little blue herons. A whimbrel. A scarlet ibis, far away. Frigatebirds. Semipalmated sandpipers.
A snowy egret and a turnstone, standing together on a tree branch stuck in the muddy seawater.
A greater yellowlegs; a winter migrant from North America, like many birds here.
We reach the shore again at another spot, near a Hindu temple. Four tri-colored herons. A black-bellied plover. Many semipalmated sandpipers.
In this photo released by the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, graduate student Chris Cattau holds shells from a native Florida apple snail (right) and a much larger invasive species, on the UF main campus on Feb. 2, 2010. Both snails are eaten by an endangered bird, the Everglades snail kite. But a UF study suggests juvenile kites may starve while trying to subsist on the hard-to-handle invasive snails: here.
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