An otter eating, a snake being eaten and some birds.

I’m standing along Marsh Rabbit Run trail at Circle B Bar Reserve trying to take pictures of the baby sandhill cranes. There were several other photographers there and we were all being quiet while hoping the cranes would get a little closer to the trail. All of a sudden we heard this loud crunch right behind us. We all turned around and saw this otter eating what we thought was a small turtle. He was chowing down pretty hard and making a loud crunching noise. It was almost as if he was saying “Hey guys, I’m back here.” He eventually finished it and swam off.

On Wading Bird Way, I see a great blue heron having a hard time with a snake. I took these right into the sun so they didn’t turn out to great but it was pretty funny watching him fight the snake.

He seemed to look back at me like “Can you help me with this?”

He kept shaking his head and the snake unwrapped around his beak but they continued to fight for a while. Eventually, the heron got the snake down. It made me wonder if the birds ever get bitten by a poisonous snake. Will they die if they get bite? And if they swallow the snake whole while it’s still alive, can the snake bite their stomach? It’s a tough life being a bird.

These blue winged teals didn’t get the memo telling them to go home for the summer. These were the only ones I saw in the park and they were feeding together in a tight group. The tricolored heron was sneaking by them, probably trying to see what they were eating.

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22 thoughts on “An otter eating, a snake being eaten and some birds.

  1. Amazing shots as always! I go walking at a place called Cranes Roost, it’s a very public park that surrounds a decent sized mass of water. There is a family of otters living there which I got to see while on an early morning walk a few weeks back. They have some seriously big teeth, lol. We also see a lot of blue heron, cranes, seagulls, etc (so many different types that I have no clue what their proper names are). One of the many reasons I love Florida!

    Gotta say, I’ve never seen a heron, or any other bird, eat a snake (is that a moccasin?). I onder the same thing as you, what happens if it gets bit once it swallows the snake….

  2. Awesome, as always. What a life you lead. You can walk out your door and come home, every day, with a load of pictures that any photographer would die for. In that respect … I want to be you 🙂 . Very interesting question about what happens to the bird if bitten by the snake … or even if the poisons are released during the digestive process … are they nuulified by the acids. Wow … I think I will have to explore that. Thanks for another start to an interesting day.

    Andrea @ From the Sol.

  3. A very interesting post and the photos of the heron and the snake are fantastic. Now I want to know if the snake is a poisonous one?

    • Hi there – seems that the heron went to a lot of time and effort for just a few small fish – rendmis me of me!Great sequence.You may find my “other blog” of interest – more words about being outdoors. There is a link from my photo-blog.Cheers – Stewart M – Australia

  4. I have seen several questions above about whether or not the heron gets bit while swallowing a poisonous snake but it wasn’t answered so what is the answer?

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