Posts Tagged ‘gopher’

Life and Death on Hippie Hill: Great Blue Heron vs. Botta’s Pocket Gopher

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

Hey look at this silly goose on Hippie Hill in Golden Gate Park:

So you notice the new gopher holes and you figure there might be some action so you pass the assembled hippies talking about philosophy or drugs or whatever.

Oh, much closer now:

I’ll spare you the shot of this boid waiting above the gopher to give you the lunge:

Poor little feller:

And now, down the hatch…

without a scratch

Poor Little Feller: Cute Pocket Gopher Gets “Evicted” by Giant Great Blue Heron in Golden Gate Park – The Horror

Monday, February 18th, 2013

This hungry Great Blue Heron waited around for a few minutes before plucking a pocket gopher from a hole in a meadow of Golden Gate Park.

It’s the circle of life ‘n stuff:

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Poor little feller…

Headless Gopher: It’s What’s for Dinner in Golden Gate Park

Thursday, February 9th, 2012

Poor little feller:

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Why Don’t You Treat Your Kitty to a Gopher Hunt in Golden Gate Park? Remember to Bring a Leash

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011


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Kitty was after everybody’s favorite larder hoarding varmint, Botta’s Pocket Gopher.

Keep trying kitty!

This Raptor is Single-Handedly Keeping the Gopher Population Down in Golden Gate Park

Tuesday, August 17th, 2010

This hawk was able to capture and eat two pocket gophers in the space of about five minutes in Golden Gate Park the other day.

We’d probably be overrun with gophers by now if it weren’t for our hungry hawks.

Yet another serving of roditore carpaccio:

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Despite Mishaps, BoingBoing Picnic a Huge Success in Foggy Golden Gate Park

Saturday, July 10th, 2010

Today was the day for the big Boing Boing picnic in Golden Gate Park.


The mise-en-scene:

BoingBoingers Lisa Katayama and David Pescovitz posing with volunteer Helen. (And Xeni Jardin was on the scene as well.)

The theme for the day was Things That Fly, for the most part. This boingboing air rocket was poised for launch, after lunch:

David Pescovitz et filius waiting for lift-off:

A large tree was “killed,” sort of. This analog Twitter feed has the deets:

The “Balloon Eating Tree” in the process of earning its sobriquet:

The branch that the balloon felled:

The Gopher Watch…

proved frutiful, with a little help from a non-frosted animal cracker:

And croquet, of course:

And here’s the collector T-shirt, up close:

Come back soon, bb!

A Pocket Gopher in Golden Gate Park Gets Evicted by a Heron

Thursday, August 28th, 2008

This hungry Great Blue Heron  waited around for a few minutes before plucking a pocket gopher from a hole in a meadow in Golden Gate Park.

It’s the circle of life. Poor little feller.

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Baby Heron vs Adult Gopher in the Trees Above Golden Gate Park

Friday, May 23rd, 2008

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.

Tiny Dog Gets Very Excited by a Pocket Gopher in Golden Gate Park

Wednesday, May 14th, 2008

This little pup has been bred to attack vermin, so that’s what must be on its mind a great deal of the time.


Eternal vigilance.