Snake for Supper


Catching snakes is a little trickier than catching gophers. Snakes have reach. That dangerous head needs to be dealt with as soon as possible but in the case above, mobbing blackbirds are diverting her attention. This is an adult female Red-tailed Hawk that mated for several seasons with a resident male at Sutro Heights Park. He was over 13 years old when I checked his band number and if he’s still around that would make him over 15. Incredible.


Head for the sea and the Blackbirds eventually give up.


While aloft, she administers a fatal bite to the back of the head and can fly on without the snake writhing and attempting to bite her back.

16 responses

  1. vintee8

    great shots!

    May 15, 2012 at 4:38 am

  2. Just amazing…

    May 15, 2012 at 4:48 am

  3. impressive!

    May 15, 2012 at 5:01 am

  4. Terrific shots and great story about the bands.

    May 15, 2012 at 6:42 am

  5. Gopal

    What kind of snake do you suppose it was, a garter snake?

    May 15, 2012 at 8:52 am

  6. Supper on the Fly! Your work is always incredible to see!!

    May 15, 2012 at 11:22 am

  7. bikesbirdsbeaches

    Incredible photos!

    May 15, 2012 at 11:46 am

  8. Have you ever tried to make an expo of your amazing photo in a Natural History Museum? If yes write me privately and I connect you with the General Manager of two most important here in Euope who I personally know and I had aleady talked about you ! You have a real talent, inner talent, not only making good photos, but to describe a situation . . . that’s a talent !!

    May 16, 2012 at 12:13 am

  9. Absolutely beautiful! The first one is my favorite! 🙂

    May 16, 2012 at 12:30 am

  10. The whole series is incredible!

    May 16, 2012 at 4:29 am

  11. Nice photographs.

    May 16, 2012 at 9:11 am

  12. So cool that there are (or at least were) snakes in the city. I saw a scrub jay catch a garter snake in Strybing Arboretum of all places. I have yet to see a snake in the city that a bird didn’t see first….

    May 16, 2012 at 9:36 am

  13. Nicely done

    May 16, 2012 at 10:58 pm

  14. Gorgeous pics!!

    May 18, 2012 at 12:31 am

  15. Awesome action capture!

    May 18, 2012 at 5:55 am

  16. Amazing pictures!

    May 24, 2012 at 1:05 pm

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