The Split Second between Life and Death in Wildlife


By every Thanksgiving, Vermilion Flycatchers migrate to warm Southern California, San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary in Irvine, for the winter. One day, I was standing next to the tall tree which favorable to Vermilion Flycatchers. Suddenly, unfamiliar bird that I never seen it before, landed on that high perch. I shot more than 10 frames of image. One of photos revealed a split second of eating a Dragonfly by Merlin, which is a smallest falcon. I was stunned by the image that I never seen it before, and this is why the mysterious nature of wildlife kept me on field. By the way, Merlin is a small falcon which eats small song birds and shorebirds. Other prey includes large insects such as Dragonfly, bats, and small mammals.

Next two images show the before and after


Merlin just landed with a Dragonfly.



Merlin bites off the head, now it’s in her mouse.