Surprises in Nature

Challenge #157 in the Life in the Natural World series. Hosted by RuthC.
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In this nature challenge, show the viewers something you have found which is beautiful, interesting, in an unexpected place, or makes you pause and wonder at it. Perhaps it is a flowering plant growing in a sidewalk, (footpath), an insect on a flower, where you didn't expect it to be, wave patterns in the sand, a 'face' in the bark of a tree.... There should be an element of surprise in your entry, so the viewer is able to enjoy that moment too. Macro and close-ups welcome. Please, no humans, domestic pets, and minimal man-made structures. Size of entry: 1,600px MAXIMUM on the longer side.
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"Gotchya'!" Gopher's Surprise.
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I was lucky enough to see a Great Blue Heron walking on the lawn during a lunch break by a Conference Center overlooking San Francisco Bay. Suddenly the Heron struck its beak into the ground and came up with this gopher!
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Submitted: Sunday, 28th June, 2015 20:19 (GMT)
Taken: Wednesday, 23rd March, 2005
Focal length: 400 mm
Shutter speed: 1/1000 sec
Aperture: F4
ISO: 320
Notes: Taken with a Nikon D2h and 200-400VR Nikkor lens
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