Birds and a snake….


It has been nearly ten days since my last post.  I’ve been pretty active, just not doing much photography for a few days.  We spent the last weekend in Fredricksburg visiting with some very dear friends from Houston.  We visited the Nimitz Museum with it’s adjacent World War II exhibits.  We also made a trip to Enchanted Rock, a mammoth solid sandstone rock/hill/mountain.  Call it what you will.  Afterwards we quaffed a couple of cold drafts at the local beer garden.  A wonderful time was had by all.  It was nice to get away and do something different.  I believe it was the first time in many years that I made a trip somewhere and didn’t come home with a memory card filled with images.  This time it was just photos of our friends and us.

Anyway, back to the present.  Yesterday, Wednesday, we took a friend on our little birding trip.  She wanted advice on her photography and camera use.  She came away with a large assortment of photos, as did I.  Here are a few of mine.  I hope you enjoy them and click on any of them to see enlargements.

Great Egret doing a bit of feeding.

Great Egret doing a bit of feeding.

Brown-headed Cowbird

Brown-headed Cowbird

Bullock's Oriole

Bullock’s Oriole

Vermilion Flycatcher - female

Vermilion Flycatcher – female

Cattle Egret

Cattle Egret

Great Blue Heron wrestling with a snake.  It took several minutes for the heron to eventually win the fight and swallow it.

Great Blue Heron wrestling with a snake. It took several minutes for the heron to eventually win the fight and swallow it.

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17 thoughts on “Birds and a snake….

  1. Absolutely gorgeous photos. The birds always look like they’re posing for you! I don’t know which is my favorite of this bunch, although the capture of the heron with the snake is priceless. 🙂

    • Thank you so much, Lisa. I certainly appreciate your comment. I wish it was that easy to catch these poses. That heron with snake definitely was something to watch. 🙂

  2. Gorgeous photos, Bob – the colours in the Bullock’s Oriole pic make it a work of art. Glad to hear you are OK and looking after yourself! Enchanted Rock sounds very interesting. I can almost feel the heat of the sun from your photos – I’m guessing it’s warmed up nicely now!?

  3. That heron shot…Wow! I’m sure it’s refreshing to some to know that snakes don’t always get what they want, but given my love of reptilians, I was hoping for a different ending. Oh well. Plenty of herons have filled the belly of many a python. Fair’s fair!! LOL

    Welcome back, Bob. You never missed a beat.

    • Hi Shannon, thank you for your lovely comment. Something else you would be amazed to know. When the snake was down the heron’s throat, it was fighting so hard that it had wrapped it’s tail around the heron’s beak and was hanging on desperately to keep from getting completely swallowed. It was several minutes before the heron made that final effort and finally swallowed the snake completely. Such is the ways of nature.

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