Woodpecker v. Crayfish at Blackwater NWR.

Occasionally, I run into a situation that’s so extraordinary that it needs  its own post, and that’s what happened today.

I was looking for Red Headed Woodpeckers when one landed in the grass quite nearby. He was immediately engaged with some kind of prey in the tall grass, but I couldn’t see what it was. As I moved closer, I was able to get better images, but things were moving quickly, and I didn’t really have a good overall picture of the situation until I looked at the images in the camera.

I’ve edited some of the images and uploaded them with captions to add some clarity to a special moment.

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This is just after the bird (A Red Headed Woodpecker) has landed on the road.

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The woodpecker has spied the crayfish.

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He takes a closer look at the crayfish.

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The crayfish isn’t going to go easily.

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Who’s going to win the battle?

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Another attack by the crayfish.

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Up and away.

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Here, the battle has ended and he’s taking his prize home.


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