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Great Blue Heron

Ardea herodias


One of the three largest herons in the world. Photos: A battle with a snake


Marshes, wetlands, bogs, swamps, river and lake edges.


I shot this series of a Blue Heron capturing a snake at the Ridgefield NWR. The first photo shows the snake wrapped around the bird's neck. In reaction, the bird immediately jumps into the air, kicking and flapping its wings to try to remove the snake. The snake does fall off and the heron picks it up and makes it lunch. The 4th photo shows the snake falling to the ground.

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Ava T-B
Ava T-B 8 years ago

This is a spectacular series of the heron hunting a snake. It could go in the Hunters and Animal Feeding Behaviors mission. Also, picture #5 isn't loading; can you re-load it?

Ava T-B
Ava T-B 8 years ago

Nice series and that 4th shot is amazing!

Dennis Davenport
Spotted by
Dennis Davenport

Washington, USA

Spotted on Apr 30, 2007
Submitted on Sep 27, 2011

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