This didn’t end well for the gopher.
The parent bird, the tallest one, just hunted and killed a pocket gopher to bring back to the nest high above Stow Lake in Golden Gate Park. The middle chick (fledgling now?) scooped up the undigested rodent to the chagrin of its siblings.
You can see the outline of the gopher slowly sliding down the neck of the aptly named Great Blue Heron.
Canon 600mm 4.0 IS with Canon 2x II extender.
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