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Great blue heron with prey

Ardea herodias

Description:

This was a lucky encounter with a great blue heron which was struggling with a snake before finally swallowing it. I guess I shouldn't have been shocked it was able to swallow it. I've seen them eat large fish, bullfrogs, and moles before. The snake was a red-spotted garter snake (Thamnophis sirtalis concinnus).

Habitat:

Spotted at the Ankeny National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon.

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5 Comments

Rithmini Dinhara
Rithmini Dinhara 2 months ago

Wow!

Brian38
Brian38 2 months ago

Thanks for the kind comments SukanyaDatta, armadeus.4, and
jazz.mann.

jazz.mann
jazz.mann 2 months ago

well done! a lot of skill and patience and effort went into that I am sure, as well as luck

armadeus.4
armadeus.4 2 months ago

Oh that is seriously awesome! Hella lucky spotting, congrats. Thank you for sharing 😃

SukanyaDatta
SukanyaDatta 2 months ago

Wow.

Brian38
Spotted by
Brian38

Jefferson, Oregon, United States

Spotted on Oct 30, 2021
Submitted on Nov 7, 2021

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