They fell out of the sky!

1 February 2012

Now and again a story comes along that just has to be shared.  I have just finished reading a book entitled Chickenhawk (which had nothing to do with chicken hawks), when a friend sent along this material about a chicken snake:

From an unknown someone in Comal River (New Braunfels) Texas: 

This has to be the weirdest thing that ever floated past me in the river…A highly-upset chicken snake wound tightly around a struggling falcon’s (is it a hawk?) neck.

They both were stuck together in a deadly embrace, each wanting to kill the other first.

My guess is that the falcon snatched the tasty chicken snake from a nearby patch of open ground, and the snake somehow got its tail wound around the falcon’s neck and began strangling the hapless bird in midair, subsequently causing both of them to fall into the nearby Comal river. Unbelievably, they both survived and are alive & well, considering the odd circumstances.

I think if a few more minutes had elapsed, the chicken snake might have won the contest as the snake’s tail was actually tied in a tight knot around the bird’s neck and getting tighter by the second. I quickly pulled them from the water and quickly untied the snake. As one can plainly see, they both made it.

This is a prime example of those odd ball stories you occasionally tell which is usually acknowledges with “Yeah, Right !!!!!” But as you can see……here’s presented the actual proof…and I have the pictures to prove it.

Amazingly neither of the exhausted pair tried to bite or scratch me… The chicken snake though not at all venomous, didn’t want to stop biting hell out of the falcon’s leg, it only let go after I had untied its body from around the bird’s neck.

Water was drained out of the falcon’s lungs via the “birdie inversion technique”, I stayed with the bird till its plumage was almost dry and ready to fly away. A tightly-wound chicken snake around a startled falcon’s neck has got to be one of the weirdest things I have ever seen and pulled out of the water…….. so far !!!!

Phew, talk about biting off more than you can chew!

Maybe I was a tad over ambitious this time!?

2 Responses to They fell out of the sky!

  1. Obie says:

    Are you the photographer that captured this event? If so, please contact me via email. Somebody wants to publish the story and is looking for the original photographer.

    • Bill Harding says:

      Nope, I wish I did as I would like to congratulate him on his efforts in documenting this. The material came to me via an email from a colleague, with no indication of the source other than it having been in Texas, during November last year. Please let me know if you track him down!

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