Fabulous Feasts

These 10 jaw-dropping moments featuring very hungry wildlife illustrate nature's raw side.

We often think of the preserves as a wonderful buffer against urban sprawl, where we can take in some stunning views, get some exercise or simply find a moment of zen

But the preserves also are a wonderfully diverse habitat filled with a wide variety of animals ... and it takes a lot of food to fuel those animals. Lucky for them, the open space they live in is a 24-hour smorgasbord.

Many people prefer to only see the cuter and cuddly side of nature and look past the brutally raw side of it. While it may not always be pretty, the reality is that everybody has to eat.

These amazing photos perfectly illustrate that.

 

Cooper's Hawk

This one appears to be a bit of a messy eater.

(Photo courtesy of Darlene Ruther)

Great Blue Heron

It was a great day for the heron. Not so much for the frog.

(Photo courtesy of Debi Shapiro)

Red-tailed Hawk

Face it: We've all been there when we get some food stuck in our throat. 

(Photo courtesy of Debi Shapiro)

Paper Wasp

This wasp found a feast in the form of a monarch caterpillar.

(Photo courtesy of Erik Attaway)

Chubby Squirrel

Sometimes, animals eating can give us a dose of cuteness overload.

(Photo courtesy of Eileen Donovan Capodice)

Red-tailed Hawk

And now back to our regularly scheduled programming ...

(Photo courtesy of Kathy Bobal)

Coyote, Part 1

This is a one-in-a-million type of photo.

(Photo courtesy of Mark Hanna)

Coyote, Part 2

Something tells us he wasn't sharing.

(Photo courtesy of Mark Hanna)

Turkey Vulture

That awkward moment when your dinner is looking at you.

(Photo courtesy of Bonnie Wydra)

Peregrine Falcon

When out and about, you never know what'll drop out of the sky right in front of you.

(Photo courtesy of Kathy Bobal)

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