Island View Beach predators!

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Island View Beach was not all bees and high fashion, I also got some cool shots of some awesome predators. First up is this cool robber fly! I think it is in the subfamily Stenopogoninae, but I am by no means an expert.

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Here is how I found it, shot with the 300.

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Dewy on the perch, the sunlight catches its hairs and bristles nicely.

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With some coaxing, I got it to perch on top of the flower.

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Robbers are some of my favourite flies, possibly because of how raptorial they are.

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It takes them some time to warm up for flight, so they are great subjects for a photographer.

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I also saw a couple of juvenile Cooper’s hawks haunting the seaside vegetation. They hunt from perches like robbers, but have a more protracted chase when they spot prey.

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As endotherms, these hawks are more difficult to approach!

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The tidal shallows at dawn is a great place to find Great Blue Herons, looking marvelous as silhouettes.

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Here is what happens when an Ammophila chooses the wrong perch to sleep.

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And this is what can happen if a lacewing hits a black widow web!

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