Hiker Captures Amazing Photo of Wildlife at Texas Park

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Elise Kitchens captured a “once in a lifetime” photo of an American Bittern eating a Chestnut-bellied Snake at Brazos Bend State Park on Saturday, March 5.

Elise Kitchens

While hiking and looking for some great wildlife moments, hiker and photographer Elise Kitchens captured a “once in a lifetime” photo of an American Bittern eating a Chestnut-bellied Snake at the park. State of Brazos Bend on Saturday, March 5.

Kitchens, a Houston native, told MySA.com that she frequently visits the state park due to the abundant wildlife. Brazos Bend State Park comprises 5,000 acres of coastal lowland and upland grassland just southwest of the growing Houston metro area.

“It’s a unique thing to catch,” Kitchens said. “I still can’t believe I saw it.”


When she took the photo, Kitchens said the snake tried to force its way out of the bittern’s mouth. She said the reptile tried to escape twice before being eaten that day.

“Before today, I had never had a decent photo of a bird eating any snake,” she said. “I was lucky enough to catch this bittern eating a bloodsnake.”

The park has several types of wetlands: swamps, lakes, marshes and ephemeral ponds that form in the grasslands during the rainy season. Due to its different ecosystems, the park is famous for its diversity of species. The park is a paradise for birdwatchers. With over 300 species of birds documented, any time is a good time to see birds, according to the Texas Department of Parks and Wildlife.



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