I got sidetracked on my way to breakfast this morning when I noticed a flutter of broad dark wings down by the lake. I grabbed my camera and rushed outside certain of an imminent wildlife encounter.
Sure enough, that's what I got. A great blue heron had just caught and was struggling to swallow a thin, black water snake. Rather than risk scaring the heron, I stayed back and zoomed in so as not to disturb the heron's breakfast even as mine own meal sat cooling on the kitchen table.
Click, click, click went the camera as I watched the large bird lift and turn its head this way and that to better maneuver its meal down its throat.
Lucky me for being in the right spot at the right time. Lucky bird for scoring such a filling meal. By the way, my own meal of hot oatmeal was still warm when I finally came back inside and was ready to sit down.
What a great way to start the day!