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Posted in Raptors and Birds of Prey (plus Vultures and Shrikes) on March 14, 2019

Uneven Load

I visited the Ridgefield NWR today, March 13, 2019.  Here, I spotted this Northern Harrier on the ground holding something down under its talons that I couldn’t see in the grass.  It started to eat the prey and I noticed that the bites of prey were not visible like they t ... Continue Reading

Posted in Herons, Bitterns, Cranes, Pelicans, etc. on October 31, 2017

Snake’s Bad Day

This Great Blue Heron made short work of his snake lunch, Oct. 27, 2017, at the Ridgefield NWR. Canon 7D Mark II, 1/1600, f4, ISO 320, 500mm, 2:46 p.m. Continue Reading

Posted in Raptors and Birds of Prey (plus Vultures and Shrikes) on April 25, 2017

Triple Harrier Tuesday

This is a March 1, 2017 sequence of three images depicting a Northern Harrier finishing off a garter snake, then lifting off to find its next meal.  Taken at the Ridgefield NWR in southwest Washington state. [Because my website is old and inflexible, I have positioned the 3 imag ... Continue Reading

Posted in Herons, Bitterns, Cranes, Pelicans, etc. on March 12, 2016

Deadly Strike

Reviewing my Feb. 9, 2016, shots I recall my close encounter with this Great Blue Heron which had just caught brunch.  In this case, the bird’s lightning fast bill pierced the skin of the hapless prey.  There was no resistance by the snake as the heron consumed its catch. ... Continue Reading

Posted in Videos on March 8, 2011

A Hard Snake to Kill

Back in the fall of 2010, I caught this action between a snake and it’s predator, the Great Blue Heron.  The video is actually the first one I had taken with my Canon 7D so it won’t win any awards. 🙂  I was not set up to hold the camera still and the bird was qu ... Continue Reading