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I pulled over at the Loma bridge fishing access site just outside of the UMBNM north of Fort Benton MT on Sunday afternoon around 4:30PM to photograph the cliff swallows tending thier nests.
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What I found was an enormous Bull Snake fishing for cliff swallows from 30 feet above the racing Missouri River.
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I observed it for more than two hours slink in and out of about five nests consuming the chicks.
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Bulge after bulge running down it’s body.
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You have to admire his daringness.
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Then snap, he grabed one of the adult swallows who had dared to swoop by to pester his dining.
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When it had had its fill it kicked itself free and dropped into the rushing river.
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It was a truley incredible behavior to observe and a magnificent specimen.

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