Heron eating garter snake All 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.

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.

Goose with goslings

Canada goose teaches goslings



Bald eagle flying

Bald eagle

Great horned owl

Great horned owl

Male harrier

Male northern harrier

Female harrier

Female northern harrier


Red-tailed hawk

Baby killdeer

Young flightless killdeer

Pileated woodpecker

Pileated woodpecker


Tundra swan

Wood duck

Male wood duck

great horned owl

Great horned owl

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Photographer Gary Davenport captures amazing images of the diverse wildlife that call Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge home.