Heron eating garter snake

Photos: Gary Davenport

Great blue heron eats a red-spotted garter snake 

The early bird gets the worm, and apparently the bird with the keen eye gets the jackpot — or so is the case with this majestic bird and the photographer who captured it, Gary Davenport. This breathtaking photo earned an honorable mention in this year's Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge photo contest.

Remarkably, Davenport captures most of his shots from his car, stablizing his camera on a beanbag instead of using a tripod. His portfolio showcases some of the many diverse creatures that roam the Pacific Northwest, including this refuge in the state of Washington.

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Goose with goslings

Canada goose teaches goslings

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Coyotes

 

Coyotes

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Bald eagle flying

Bald eagle

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Great horned owl

Great horned owl

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Male harrier

Male northern harrier

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Female harrier

Female northern harrier

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Hawk

Red-tailed hawk

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Baby killdeer

 

Young flightless killdeer

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Pileated woodpecker

Pileated woodpecker

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Swan

Tundra swan

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Wood duck

Male wood duck

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great horned owl
 
Great horned owl
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