Great Blue Heron Snags a Snake Snack
Credit: Gary Davenport/US Department of the Interior.
Of course, the early bird gets the worm, but in the above photo that worm turned out to be a snake.
Photographer Gary Davenport’s stunning close-up photo of a great blue heron and a hapless garter snake took honorable mention in the 2013 Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge photo contest.
Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge was established in Oregon’s Willamette Valley in 1965 to protect a habitat for wintering waterfowl. The refuge spans some 5,300 acres of marshes, grasslands and woodlands.
Thousands of ducks, geese and swans winter on the Refuge. The all-star of the refuge is the dusky Canada goose, whose nesting areas in Alaska were harmed by an earthquake in 1964.