Here are a few wild predators in my area...
Great egrets don't seem very threatening...unless you're a fish:
Most would agree that this guy earns his title as a predator:
This osprey's talons are convincing enough!:
Not the greatest shot in the world...but I was out shooting blue jays in my front yard when suddenly a dark shadow descended and snatched one of the blue jays straight out of the air - I barely had time to get the camera whipped over there to snap a blurry shot of the kill from the juvenile hawk:
Here's a gruesome sequence - hey, it's nature in action! I caught a biiiig gator sliding up on shore out of the murky swamp to nab a large softshell turtle, and chomp his way through his meal:
Meanwhile, here was an unexplainable truce...or a really suicidal turtle that caught this gator so off guard that he was too stunned to attack. Maybe the turtle had been dared by his buddies to do something really stupid? Whatever the mystery, the turtle had some serious marbles, and at least that afternoon, made it through without becoming lunch: