Saturday, May 23, 2015

Bright Eyes and Non-Bushy Tails

I was taking photos one day from across the pond of a Wood Duck drake. I was mainly focusing on all the reflections as he sat on a piece of downed log.

It wasn't until I loaded the photos to the computer that I noticed something else... Holy crap, that's a huge snake lurking on the logs behind him!
I think it is a Diamond-Back Water Snake, a non-venomous variety, but we also get Water Moccasins, so I'd tread lightly.
 I'd be stock still and wide-eyed, too, if I were that duck!
 The drake glances just slightly to his right towards the snake...
 then returns face-forward and staying still.
 The snake's head is now hidden behind some of the log.
 The drake tucks his chin a little lower and seems more at ease with that.
 But no doubt, he remains bright-eyed and watchful!
Linking to Weekend Reflections, Saturday's Critters, The Bird D'Pot

131 comments:

NatureFootstep said...

ouch, that was a surprice forsure. But I guess the drake made it through though. Thanks for sharing the images. :)

Leovi - La Fotografía Efectista Abstracta said...

Yeah, it looks like duck madra attracts snakes, beautiful reflections!

Revrunner said...

Hmm. Showdown at OK Corral. :-0

Pom Pom said...

Yikes! The snake is huge! The duck is gorgeous and brave!

Paula said...

That is one fat snake.

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

If I'd have been him I'd have been gone. gone. gone!!! LOL! blessings ~ tanna

eileeninmd said...

Oh wow, I would find a new spot if I were that wood duck. That snake looks scary. Beautiful wood duck and lovely reflections.. Thank you for linking up and sharing this post. Have a happy weekend!

nookworm said...

Neat encounter for YOU to get those shots! Good job with the reflections as well.

Gayle said...

Yipes, Stripes. Thank goodness for zoom.
Gorgeous Wood Duck!!!!

Primitive Stars said...

Morning, wow!!!!! What a big snake that is, I would have flown away if I were that Wood Duck. The reflections in the pond are beautiful, Blessings Francine.

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

Pretty duck and reflections! I'm sure that drake is used to living with those snakes.
~

messymimi said...

You caught that perfectly! All the critters have to be on guard each moment, sometimes i forget that.

DJan said...

Once I saw that snake, I couldn't take my eyes of it either! I guess they must eat ducks, huh? Scary!

Ileana said...

Great captures!Have a nice weekend!

Lowcarb team member said...

Beautiful colours that drake has.

But goodness bet you never thought your camera would have photographed both drake and snake!

Have a good weekend.

All the best Jan

Marit Sønstebø said...

Lovely duck! The snake is not... ;))
I hate worms and snakes. We have only one poison worm here, and I am very happy about it!

CelestinaMarie@SouthernDayDreams said...

Wow what great but scarey shots. The duck is doing what's needed for safety. I hope the snake just went on his way.
Happy Weekend.
Hugs CM

Lux G. said...

Those colors! So magnificent.

John's Island said...

Hi Tex, Now that is a neat series of shots. Wow, scary, and you are so right ... the snake is so well disguised by its skin. I wonder what happened to the duck? :-) Anyway, the reflections are great too.

Gosia k said...

What a terrible snake. Is it poisonous? Luckily in Poland we don't have poisonous species

Mildred said...

Incredible that you caught these shots. ooohhhh, the snake gives me the creeps! Beautiful drake and reflection.

Fireblossom said...

Be careful, handsome. You're too pretty to let some snake get you!

Brk Trt said...

That wood duck had better be careful.

HighPlainsFlyFisher said...

Those are really some amazing shots! It almost appears as if the snake was stalking the wood duck...I find myself rooting for the wood duck!

jo(e) said...

Wow. I didn't see the snake until you mentioned it in the narrative. What good camouflage.

Karen S. said...

Holy Catfish, or Holy moley! What incredible captures on the water today. A beautiful look like I'm all dressed up to go a courting!

Karen S. said...

Then out of the shadows and what to my surprise, snake! Yikes.

LV said...

You are surrounded by some of the prettiest birds, animals etc. ever. Love the colors on this one. As soon as that snake appeared, end of photo shoot.

Linda at To Behold The Beauty said...

Somebody needs to tell that beautiful duck what his wings are for!

Brian King said...

Gorgeous reflection! I didn't notice the snake until you mentioned it. That is one fat serpent!

Irma said...

Beautiful reflection of the wood duck.
Unbelievable what a big snake.
I think it's scary.

Debby@Just Breathe said...

Those are beautiful reflection photos of the handsome duck but OMG on the snake!!!

Lois Evensen said...

Scary!

Sally said...

Great shots, T. Wow - I wonder how long that beautiful duck waited until feeling safe. Yeah, I'd probably run. :)

xoxo

Pix Under the Oaks said...

The body of that snake is FAT! Creepy... thank heavens Mr. Duck is okay!

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Theresa ... I would have run off! Amazing size - I see they grow to 5 feet and can get to 8 feet ... snakes are amazing creatures though ... but the Duck Drake is very pretty ... though no doubt a tasty meal. Cheers Hilary

William Kendall said...

That is a big snake!

joeh said...

I love how you tell a story with pictures.

There seems to me to be no evolutionary/survival reason for the Wood Duck to be so beautiful, other than God just gives us an extra special present from time to time.

holdingmoments said...

That's one BIG snake!

Miss Val's Creations said...

Awesome photos! I hope the duck stayed safe.

don said...

You happened to get in the middle of a real live drama of snake and duck. A wonderful set of pictures that had me almost dreading the next shot, but nothing had happened so far. An exceptionally good post

Margaret Adamson said...

That sna sure the Drake kept hike looks too close for comfort but I am sure the drake kept his eye on it!

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Have a nice weekend.

Daniel LaFrance said...

Aren't you glad, you're the one holding the camera. I wouldn't want to be that duck.

A bonus series for sure... the reflection is beautiful.

Sandra said...

these are now the all time favorite pics of your wood ducks.. love love love them all, even that horrible snake. he is huge.. and looks like he is watching the duck... he sure blends in. looks like a poisonous one from here

Sandra said...

the first one is my favorie

Terry and Linda said...

HUGE Snake! Run duck run!

Linda
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Marie C said...

Poor little unsuspecting duck! I hope the snake never made a move toward him! Beautiful shots with the reflections, but once you mentioned the snake I was freaked out! It is pretty darn big!!!

Sylvia K said...

Great, amazing captures!! The duck almost looks frozen in that position!! The snake looks too big to move fast -- at least I hope so!!!

Gwen said...

stunning photos, really! But those red eyes are creepy. LOL

John @ Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

Now that you know you have this new resident at the pond you can keep an eye out for him and get some really close-up photos someday. What a beauty.

Bob Bushell said...

Oh gosh, he is beautiful.

Jo said...

OMW ! That's a massive snake in the background. I was oohing and aahing about the beautiful Wood Duck and its reflection until you mentioned the snake. Eish. Great post, Theresa. Have a wonderful weekend. Jo

Small City Scenes said...

Beautiful Drake and I didn't notice the snake until you mentioned it. Icky!
MB

ellen abbott said...

Yikes!

eViL pOp TaRt said...

The beautiful encounters the sinister././/

Kate said...

Wonderful reflections but less than wonderful wildlife, yet the duck is great!!

♥ Łucja-Maria ♥ said...

Wow, are you so often find snakes?
The duck is lovely and beautiful reflections in the water.
Greetings.
Lucia

Nancy J said...

Way too close to feel safe at all, I'm sure his eyes were on alert the whole time, and what camouflage!!

SweetMarie said...

CREEPY!!!! I hope the duck got away!

Terri @ Coloring Outside the Lines said...

Oh my gosh! I hope the duck got away. My son killed 5 snakes in his front yard the other day. Our pond is full to the brim and the snakes have come out to play.

Uppal said...

So scary. The duck i think is acting dead. ReaLLY SMART!

Snap said...

I'd be bright eyed and watchful too! Yikes! Fun to get home and see what you didn't see the first time. It's happened more than once for me and always ... WOW! Great shot. Love the reflection, too. Happy Critter Day.

Rajesh said...

Great shots of the wood duck and snake in waiting.

RedPat said...

That snake looks huge!! I'd be out of there if I had wings! ;-)

Crafty Green Poet said...

what a handsome bird! The snake is so well camoflaged

DeniseinVA said...

Yikes! I think I would start flapping my wings and get the heck out of there. Great photos Theresa. That snake must have been quite a surprise.

Filip Demuinck said...

This is probably one of the most amazing things you discovered on your pictures.

Greetings,
Filip

Gunilla Bäck said...

A handsome duck and lovely reflections. It's not easy to notice the snake in the background.

Mama Zen said...

Yikes!

MarmePurl said...

Baron napping and missing snake patrol duty?

Adam Jones said...

They are a very special looking bird. Fabulous!

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

I sequel like a girl when I catch different wild species in one shot like that :)

FOREST SNAPPER said...

You need to keep your eyes open walking around your ranch, are those snakes common ? We only have 2 sorts over here.

peter

Cloudia said...

What DRAMA! Wow!





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Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Ooh, I was afraid there'd be a sad ending , but then I guess you did say at the beginning that you didn't even notice the snake until you downloaded.

I. Understand about nature and all that, but I hope nothing happened to. That beautiful duck.

Betty Manousos said...

amazing ducks! loving your shots.

Happy Memorial Day Weekend to you and yours!

Mary Kirkland said...

Ok, that's petty cool actually. Interesting what you see after you upload the pictures.

Lynn said...

See now, this is why I live in the city... I'd have a freakin' heart attack!!!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

They have such colorful eyes but oh my...the snake is UGLY!!! Have a good weekend my friend! Hugs, Diane

Abraham Lincoln said...

I don't like snakes at all

Midmarsh John said...

Lovely reflection photos. Don't think I would like snakes that size round my pond.

June Caedmon said...

Beautiful wood duck, but I think I'd be contacting a realtor if that snake lived near my home - yikes!

Cheryl @ TFD said...

Beautiful shots! The reflection of the duck is perfect. But the snake can take a hike as far away as he can run! Brave duck to sit there while the snake is so close.

Our photos said...

Wow, now I'm curious how this story has ended !

ClickNCamera said...

Holy crap on a cracker...that snake is really hidden well and really adds to the fabulous shot. The duck is gorgeous!

Stephanie said...

Oh my he is a handsome bird and the reflections are awesome.

Robin Lamb said...

T, yikes! That's a big snake! Venomous or not!
Great shots and lovely reflections!

Debbie said...

Very cool, I LOVE surprises like this but I don't love snakes and would not have noticed it!!

The wood duck reflections are so amazing, I always think the same thought, how can these ducks possibly be real......they are just so beautiful!!

Red said...

They're both pretty fast but I don't know which one would win the race.

KB Bear said...

That's an incredible series of photos. I'm guessing that a snake could eat a duck but I'm no expert!

It reminds of a Colorado family that took a photo of mom and their 2 kids standing on a trail in the forest. Only later (in the photo) did they notice that a mountain lion was lying in the brush just behind the three of them.

Sorry to have been absent. I was away from internet for quite a while.

Janey and Co. said...

Beautiful duck,great reflection.....scary snake!

Anita Davis said...

Wow, that is one big snake. I was enjoying the beautiful reflection then you pointed out the snake and all thought of the reflection was forgotten... LOL

Maggid said...

Hitchcock couldn't have played that scene any better . . . whew!

Rose said...

Wow, oh, wow! I know I have never seen one that big...doubt if I have seen one half that big even.

Felicia said...

I be outta there REAL fast if I was that duck.

He's (the duck) is beautiful.

great reflections too.

Randy said...

Gross snake!

Ruth Hiebert said...

Would that snake actually harm the duck? I obviously don't know much about snakes.

orchid Miyako said...

Dearest Theresa; First of all, I feel SO bad that I didn't comment especially for your link post, my friend! My husband got me worry a bit then -:)

Oh, I loved to see the beautiful drake duck. And wow, Surprised that this post's story was with the snake and him. Yes, Beautiful reflection and kind of natural being concentrate for one thing, isn't it :-)
I learned one thing from the phrase , "tucks his chin a little lower", thanks a lot♡♡♡

Sending Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan to my Dear friend in America, xoxo Miyako*

Catherine said...

It is fascinating watching nature. You are very blessed to have this all before your eyes and live surrounded by this beauty.
Have a wonderful weekend.
xo Catherine

Paul said...

DRAMA on the Run*A Round Pond!

That snake looks big enough to swallow that poor Wood Duck whole!

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Theresa,
My goodness that was a very healthy looking snake! Scary if you discover that while uploading the photos...
Hugs and wishing you a meaningful Memorial Day weekend.
Mariette

Linda said...

Beautiful coloration! (Blogger still insists that I answer the questions, and correctly at that.)

Kathy said...

Yes, with all this rain here in Texas the snakes are very active, I haven't seen any around my house but I know they're here. I'm not walking in any tall grass these days. That wood duck is a beautiful specimen.

Pietro and Cynthia said...

Scary snake, very nice reflections!

Hannah said...

Really amazing patterns and colors in the wood duck plumage, so special! The snake does seem very intent on sneaking up on the duck, I hope he flies away.

Ms. A said...

That's a HUGE snake! I'm so glad this didn't have an unhappy ending!

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karmnik54 said...

Piękne zdjęcia:)

Anni said...

We have those diamondback water snakes here too. And the ARE humungous.

Great series of 'movement' for both duck and creepy critter Ms. T!!!!

Lynne said...

That snake was HUGE . . .
Perfect shot of the Wood Duck . . . but . . .
WOW . . . Camovaulged for sure . . .

Ian H said...

No tornados. No earthquakes. No super hot weather. No snakes (in this area). A few mosquitos and some cold weather. Got to love Alberta!

Jeevan said...

wow! stunning captures and exciting series/moment indeed... a dare duck.

Wally Jones said...

You just never know who might be watching you!

Hope that woodie remembered he has wings ...

Great series!

DIMI said...

Wonderful pictures of this beautiful duck!Great reflections!!
Dimi...

bailey-road.com said...

Sneaky snake sure blends in with its surroundings. Gorgeous shots of the Wood Duck and his reflection.

Madi and Mom said...

Oh dear we are so late coming by to see that BEAUTIFUL wood Drake.....Mom says she'd like an outfit with all those colors in it
thanks for stopping by to see our first bird post yesterday
Hugs madi and mom

Helma said...

Holy Moly ...... what a huge big and fat snake !!!!! That you did not see! Only later on the computer you saw that snake !!!! Duck has beautiful reflections in the water and I can imagine that you were attention on those reflections. That was frightening at home when you saw that snake brrr ...

Gert said...

Oh my goodness! I didn't see that snake until you told us about it!! And then I looked closer, eeeks! Be very...very careful around those water moccasins!

Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

YIKES!! The snake is HUGE!!! Bet he enjoys your frogs and could take out a few baby ducklings!!
Lovely photo of your duck in the reflecting water!!

laurak/ForestWalkArt :) said...

OH theresa!!!! WOW!!!! as soon as you said "I was mainly focusing on all the reflections as he sat on a piece of downed log."...i LOOKED MORE closely & saw the humongous FAT snake !! what awesome shots!!~ what a brave little duck!! scary for sure...but so very cool!! it's hard to tell in the pictures if the eyes are round. he sure is FAT...looks like he eats pretty good...lucky for the duck at that moment!

Chandra Eswaran said...

I have to admit that I didn't see the snake first. I was so admiring the beautiful duck (Wood Duck?). Such lovely colors on this particular specimen. Then I read about the snake and yeah - It is huge. It is beautiful as a creation of nature (in spite of my irrational fears).
The photographs are super - especially the reflection of the duck!
Have a Great Week, Theresa!
Peace :)

Carletta said...

Love the reflections!

Kenneth Cole Schneider said...

That was a scary encounter. Beautiful Wood Duck!

Justin Carfagnini said...

Wood ducks are beautiful. Wow! What a capture, T!!!! I didn't even notice the first picture until you pointed it out. It was totally eyeballin' that wood duck!

MICKAN from QUEENS FIELD¸.•°`♥✿⊱╮ said...

Wow!
Amazing photos.
And you didn't see the snake. It's not easy to see them.
I believe that you really needs some eyes in the neck when you walk around there.

That must be a easy match for Sweet Baron with a snake like that.

bon bon said...

EEEEK!! Holy crap is right! That's what you'd find in my pants if I were in the duck's place!

edenhills said...

Don't know what's more amazing, the reflections or the snake. I do know the snake is way more scary.

Laura. M said...

Good reflexes and colors !!

pattisjarrett said...

Beautiful reflections, the pond is so still. Yikes! That is one big snake! The drake was probably holding his breath, too! I know I was.

Ida said...

As you can tell I'm playing "catch-up" on missed posts. Boy am I glad I did because this series is fantastic. I mean the duck is pretty cool and what a great reflection you captured but I must say seeing that snake in the background was totally unexpected and pretty amazing. That is one big snake. I'd be leery too if I were a duck sitting there.

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