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Aug 17, 2005 22:22 |  #1

I took this in Costa Rica last week. Nature is cruel sometimes...

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Aug 18, 2005 01:11 |  #2

wow amazing! Now THAT is a big meal...


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Aug 18, 2005 05:03 |  #3

How is that little snake going to fit that bird in its mouth??


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Aug 18, 2005 05:09 |  #4

Actually nature isn't cruel it's called survival, everything eats or it dies nothing cruel about it. Very slender snake here and this birds looks huge for this small of a snake also. I think this is a great capture here. Now tell us what snake and what bird this is :)




  
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Aug 18, 2005 05:34 |  #5

How is that little snake going to fit that bird in its mouth??

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Snakes have elastic jaw joints, so that they can dislocate their lower jaws to increase the size of their throat area. Swallowing is slightly more complicated than that, but that is the basic idea. I amazed how straight that snake looks.


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Aug 18, 2005 05:55 as a reply to  @ RockOne's post |  #6

Just seeing a picture of a snake makes me squirm. Nice capture.

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Aug 18, 2005 06:02 |  #7

That's a really great shot!

I love the arrow straight snake.. and the colors of the bird.. quite a site indeed :)

As far as a large meal.. keep in mind if that bird were "plucked" of it's feathers.. you'd see it is about 1/3RD the size you think it is.. the vast majority of a birds "visual mass" is nothing but feathers and air.


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Aug 18, 2005 07:53 as a reply to  @ RockOne's post |  #8

RockOne wrote:
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. I amazed how straight that snake looks.

Wanted to commenton the same, looks almost like the snake has just darted out a tree to strike and catch the unsuspecting bird mid-flight. I love it


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Aug 18, 2005 08:06 |  #9

Great capture Judy, it looks like a vinesnake, Oxybelis aenus (sp), were you in Monteverde when you saw this?


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Aug 18, 2005 08:08 |  #10

that's one crazy capture...poor bird :(




  
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Aug 18, 2005 08:22 as a reply to  @ cmM's post |  #11

Thanks all. Yes, it was in Monteverde. I can't recall what type of snake it was, but the bird is a bananaquit.

The snake had just caught the bird when we saw it. The rest of the snake is coiled around a tree branch, just its upper part looks straight like that, the rest is curved.

It took its time eating the bird. It took a lot of it into its mouth while in the position in the picture, then it slowly moved back into the tree for a better position, and got the rest of the bird into its mouth.

I have a picture of the whole snake, I'll post it when I get home if I can.




  
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