Houston birder Mark Bartosik captured a stunning series of images of a Western Diamondback Rattlesnake (Crotalus atrox) downing a Red-winged Blackbird that it had killed near a birding trail in the Quintana Park near Freeport. According to Bartosik, the entire incident was observed by about a dozen birders, whose presence apparently failed to distract the snake from his repast. Remarkably, the snake was seemingly left unmolested (birders tend to get rather anthropomorphic when their favorite animals are harmed by other life forms).
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One has to wonder if the birders who congregate in the Freeport area are aware that it - along with most of the central and lower Texas Gulf Coast - sports one of the densest populations of truly large venomous snakes to be found anywhere.