What a Badass Blue Heron

So on my way home from work today, I stopped to do some speed birding and incidentally saw this gorgeous Great Blue Heron. I didn’t realize it immediately, but he had caught a vole and was trying to figure out how he was going to eat it…when a Red-tailed Hawk came out of nowhere and dive bombed him with a mighty red-tail screech! Our hero(n), however, did not relinquish his dinner. The red-tail left him alone after the first attempt to steal his dinner and the heron awkwardly swallowed his meal with one gulp. A kite, meanwhile, hunted overhead as the sun set over the Santa Cruz Mountains.

Sorry for the awkward shot. It was definitely a surprise!
Sorry for the awkward shot. It was definitely a surprise!

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A kite mid-hover

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