Monday, May 9, 2016

Right of Way

The Audubon Society sponsors an annual photo contest of bird pictures, since birds are its primary focus after its namesake, John James Audubon.

Audubon created some amazing works of art using pencils and watercolor, but since he lived and worked in the 18th and 19th centuries, his technology was limited. He would very likely have been astounded by images such as the below, in which a bald eagle aims to steal the prey of a blue heron in front of him:

Although featured on no national seal, the herons are actually among the top predator birds in their biosphere and often tussle with the eagles, who prefer to steal prey as much as catch it.

This image is the grand prize winner; some more spectacular pics are available at the first link.

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