Portrait of a Predator

While working on a project in rural Costa Rica I had noticed a bunch of birds acting strangely, they were congregating and calling out loudly and filling the branches of the same tree above a dry riverbed. I set my project aside and went over to take a look, everything I have ever read about animals or seen on tv told me that this is typical of a predator in the area and boy was I right. Upon closer inspection I found an animal I have always wanted to photograph in the wild, a red tailed boa constrictor. It was tightly wound around a large and unlucky iguana. I ran to my tent to get my camera bag and returned to the site of the commotion, now a bit quieter and got my camera out to take some photos of the predator. The snake was extremely docile and even curious at times extending its head and body out to my camera as seen in this shot. After a few photos I left the snake to its hard won lunch and after returning to the site 30 minutes later could find no sign of snake or iguana. It was an unforgettable encounter with a beautiful predator.