18th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Snake Tartare

“Snake Tartare” – Just as I was heading back to my car after a long day of shooting Pin-tailed Whydahs, just as the sun fell behind the horizon, I noticed in the corner of my eye a Red-tailed Hawk on a dry hillside wrestling with a snake. I had just enough light to capture the raptor as it wrestled with the snake and began to swallow it whole. I was fortunate enough to capture the split second when it lowered its nictitating membrane to protect its eyes from the whipping of the snakes tale.

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Date Taken: 09.2018
Date Uploaded: 11.2020
Photo Location: Brea, California, United States of America
Copyright: © John LeeWong