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Predation

A great egret hunting for rodents in the fields at Ellis Creek Water Recycling Facility.

 

Watching these birds stalk around fields is always interesting, but I had never seen an egret catch something this close before. At the time, it didn't necessarily strike me too much emotionally, it was simply an experience of watching nature unfold. However, when I started reviewing the images, I couldn't help but feel sad for the rodent after seeing the expression it had while struggling for its life moments before being eaten (a cropped version appears below in the comments).

 

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Taken on October 21, 2010