Snake Stories from a Snake Charmer !!!
On July 21- I went on a guided hike with the local Awenda Provincial Park
Rangers, and there were a gp of about 10 of us .
About halfway into the hike, the robins started a ruckus- and we thought
we had disturbed a nest with chicks .
One lady shouted ‘ I see the nest ‘.
I run to see- and there it was a huge Barred Owl, with a decapitated snake
it is tallons, perched on a tree looking down at us !
The robin birds raised the alarm for all of us .
This was truly the highlight of the guided hike !
You can see the pics of the Barred Owl curiously eyeing us with the
decapitated snake, firmly grasped in its tallons .
It must be hunting by day , to feed its owlets , as owl as you all know,
are nocturnal hunters .
This Northern Water Snake is my friend ! and it lives amidst the rocks and
brush piles I have created as a ‘snake habitat’ on my rocky waterfront
It uses the brush pile as a place to lie down and soak up the sun as you
can see in these photos taken on May 31 and July 28 .
Then the other day – July 29- I went to the deck to have my breakfast- and
thought I will say ‘ HI ‘ to my friend – and there it was- with a fish in
its mouth ready for breakfast !
I took a few good photos and a few neat video clips that the local
Provincial Park staff will ‘stich together ‘ for teaching purposes as it
shows the actual movement of the jaws as the snake was swallowing the fish
All the while, I was no more than 2 ft from my friend , with its tail
virtually between the tips of my toes , with the water lapping at my feet .
We know each other well, but we know how to respect each others space too .
So, the story is – Owl Eats Snake and Snake Eats Fish !
This is Mother Nature’s Cycle of Life .
The photos taken by me, this year- 2017 from May 31st to July 29th .
Enjoy !- EagleD
Also enjoy these Videos shared by my son Johan Raj
Here is the Story .
July 21- 2017 – Awenda Provincial Park- Nature Walk .
I signed up for the Nature Walk- there were three guides and about a dozen
of us visitors .
Half way through the walk, we heard the robins screeching away as if we
scared them, or we were too near their nests .
One lady says ” I see the robin nest ‘
I run to see my golly- it was a this HUGE Barred Owl, with a headless snake
in its tallons !
The group of us- we stood in stunned silence and watched the Owl, watching
It was real neat to see this owl, turning its head a full 360 deg virtually
to scan this inrusive bunch of two legged visitors .
I took a few video clips and some still photos .
We were watching this Owl for nearly 20 mins .
One of the park rangers put my little video clips together and added some
music, that I don’t know, and appropriate text .
Snake Charmer eagleD