Snail Kite shaking off the wet

Snail Kite, Lake Yojoa, Honduras

On our first morning at Panacam Lodge in the Blue Mountains of Honduras, Alex had planned a hike, but as we got down to the lake it was looking more and more like rain. He decided to take me to a restaurant / recreational center on the lake shore where there were covered boat sheds, docks, etc. where we could, if necessary, shoot in the rain. It turned out to be good call…not because it rained…it never did actually…but because there were lots of birds there, and exceptional photo ops. There were at least 2 Snail Kites hunting the area, and I already posted a sequence of one of them taking and eating a snail. This one came and sat quite close to us after an unsuccessful attempt to grab a snail, and, besides a series of portrait shots, I got to see him “shake off” the water he had gotten in his feathers. Impressive bird. Sony RX10iv at 600mm. 1/500th @ f4 @ ISO 1000. Processed in Polarr.

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