On a warm Monday (10/26/2015), my Honey-Matt and I went hiking on the Esperero Trail. Suddenly, we heard what seemed like a very perturbed bird. It turned out to be a very perturbed Black-tailed Rattlesnake. (Seriously, I've never heard such a furious chatter-like rattle.) The photo below was from my view point.
|Photos by Matt Ball 10/26/2015
After moving to a safer distance, Matt photographed the rattler trifecta: Coiled, Rattle, Tongue. Because the snake was between us (and I didn't want to pass), Matt went around her/him off trail. Very exciting and a beautiful snake.