19th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
The struggle for existence and survival of the fittest

This photograph of a Purple Heron, trying to grab a snake and swallow it, was taken in the wetlands of Monglajodi in the state of Orissa in India. The wetland which is an extension of the famous Chilika lake, is an intermediate resting place for thousands of migratory birds and also resident birds. The snakes of this area are the most common food for the Purple Herons and the Black Headed Ibises. The picture shows the eternal conflict of the predators and their victims. The bird has to feed on the snake, and on the other hand the snake is frantically trying to escape and in the process has encircled the beak and neck of the bird. The picture thus depicts the eternal story of predator - victim relation existent throughout the entire period of evolution.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 01.2018
Date Uploaded: 11.2021
Photo Location: India
Camera: NIKON D500
Copyright: © Santosh kumar Jana