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Good morning....
Thank you for the votes and great comments on my desert plants and a big thank you to Christine (Cookie monster) and Nezih (Nonur) for their UA's....much appreciated.
I was watching the flamingoes foraging for food, it looks like they are dancing as they move their legs back and forth to loosen the sea bed, they then dive in with their heads and come out with crabs. This day a seagull swooped down to join two flamingoes, much to the ones annoyance. He patiently floated next to them. His patience paid off as sometimes they dropped a crab and he was as quick as lightening to snap it up, see last 3 versions .... thought I would upload the story for silly Sunday but I think its rather cleverGrin
Have a nice day...Grin

Brand:NIKON CORPORATION
Camera:Nikon D5300 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:150-500mm f/5-6.3 G VR
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:22 Feb 2014 - 10:46 AM
Focal Length:500mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/6.3
Aperture:f/7.1
Shutter Speed:1/1600sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:400
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Auto
Title:How to go Crab fishing...
Username:ColleenA ColleenA
Uploaded:9 Mar 2014 - 4:33 AM
Tags:Flamingo, Pelican bay.Namibia, Seagull, Wildlife / nature
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fotobee
9 Mar 2014 - 5:33 AM

Excellent series of shots, Colleen. Hard to decide which, but I think I go with v1

CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 7128 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece16 Constructive Critique Points
9 Mar 2014 - 6:02 AM

What a wonderful set of images, Colleen, and full marks to the crab, why do all the hard work when you can get someone else to do it for you Wink Carol

781969
781969  India
9 Mar 2014 - 7:05 AM

It require a lot of patience to have these shots,and you have that,superb capture.

NDODS
NDODS e2 Member 32873 forum postsNDODS vcard United Kingdom99 Constructive Critique Points
9 Mar 2014 - 7:20 AM

A very well captured set of high quality images, each one providing me with endless pleasure. Thank you for sharing.

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin

LynneJoyce
LynneJoyce e2 Member 6LynneJoyce vcard United Kingdom97 Constructive Critique Points
9 Mar 2014 - 7:45 AM

Excellent reportage. What an enterprising gull.

JohnoP
JohnoP e2 Member 9JohnoP vcard
9 Mar 2014 - 7:48 AM

A great set Colleen....that Seagull was very clever indeed! Grin John

Badgerfred
Badgerfred e2 Member 7Badgerfred vcard Wales
9 Mar 2014 - 7:50 AM

Nothing silly about this set Colleen SmileSmileSmile,
Fred.

fentiger
fentiger e2 Member 13915 forum postsfentiger vcard England22 Constructive Critique Points
9 Mar 2014 - 8:28 AM

An enjoyable set of images,

Albert

AnneB50
AnneB50 e2 Member 284 forum postsAnneB50 vcard Scotland18 Constructive Critique Points
9 Mar 2014 - 8:31 AM

There's a real story here Colleen, lovely set of images.

Anne

Philip_H
Philip_H  2 United Kingdom
9 Mar 2014 - 8:34 AM

Great sequence of shots, Colleen.

P.

Mollycat
Mollycat e2 Member Mollycat vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
9 Mar 2014 - 8:38 AM

Wounderful pictures, everyone a joy. Well done Colleen.
Peter GrinGrinGrin

lifesnapper
lifesnapper e2 Member 8lifesnapper vcard England1 Constructive Critique Points
9 Mar 2014 - 8:51 AM

A really lovely wild Life set Colleen, a great sequence.
Thank you for your good wishes on getting my new Computer up and running, and if you want some really good WILD life shots, you can come and Photograph me while I'm doing it Smile

John Smile

Lillian
Lillian e2 Member 5Lillian vcard United Kingdom16 Constructive Critique Points
9 Mar 2014 - 8:58 AM

I'm with you to photographing John aboveWink
Colleen you really have told a story here and it must have been
rather magical to see and photograph
like the all as they belong together
Lillian

Trev_B
Trev_B e2 Member 7101 forum postsTrev_B vcard England63 Constructive Critique Points
9 Mar 2014 - 9:13 AM

An interesting set Colleen….

Trev

jdinne
jdinne  11 England
9 Mar 2014 - 9:14 AM

Excellent Colleen nice story here.

John

barbarahirst
barbarahirst e2 Member 6barbarahirst vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
9 Mar 2014 - 9:22 AM

Oh yes clever indeed.....
The bright spark will always win....
Great reportage images

ddolfelin
ddolfelin e2 Member 233 forum postsddolfelin vcard Wales1 Constructive Critique Points
9 Mar 2014 - 9:36 AM

A day in the life of these decorative birds.
Flamingo mostly eat shrimp, worms and the like but I suppose they wouldn't reject a crab if it was offered.
Great story and series.

Andysnapper
Andysnapper e2 Member 699 forum postsAndysnapper vcard England18 Constructive Critique Points
9 Mar 2014 - 9:52 AM

Excellent set Colleen, love the first one especially.

Andy

mistere
mistere e2 Member 1mistere vcard England1 Constructive Critique Points
9 Mar 2014 - 9:53 AM

Super set Collen, love the sneak attack in V3.

Dave.

Chinga
Chinga e2 Member 3Chinga vcard United Kingdom
9 Mar 2014 - 9:55 AM

Vi, V5, V8 are favorites. Tha'ts one cheeky gull Grin
Lovely images... IB

ColleenA
ColleenA e2 Member 2155 forum postsColleenA vcard Australia3 Constructive Critique Points
9 Mar 2014 - 9:59 AM


Quote: A day in the life of these decorative birds.
Flamingo mostly eat shrimp, worms and the like but I suppose they wouldn't reject a crab if it was offered.
Great story and series.

These were eating crabs Peter, I have photographic proofGrin

kuvailija
kuvailija e2 Member 2kuvailija vcard Finland
9 Mar 2014 - 10:07 AM

Excellent birding , Colleen!- V1 and V5 are my absolute favourites ! --- Very good photography ! --- Jukka.

viscostatic
9 Mar 2014 - 10:12 AM

I also thought they were filter feeders with Colleen so it is interesting to know they take crabs. This is a great series showing how different species benefit from each other - although I think the gull did most benefiting here.

Phil.

pentaxpatty
pentaxpatty e2 Member 1pentaxpatty vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
9 Mar 2014 - 10:14 AM

Wonderful set again Colleen, v1 and v 5for me too, I love the long red legs, great fun an d superb photography too Have a good day Patty GrinGrinGrin

digital_boi
9 Mar 2014 - 10:40 AM

all good Colleen V3 stands out for me

Graham

carper123
carper123 e2 Member 278 forum postscarper123 vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
9 Mar 2014 - 10:48 AM

A stunning set of images, Colleen, patients well rewarded and such contrasting birds, one exotic and the other so common.
Excellent.
Darryl.

williamsloan
williamsloan e2 Member 3williamsloan vcard Northern Ireland1 Constructive Critique Points
9 Mar 2014 - 11:41 AM

a great set i will go for the comadre of V8



billy

Irishkate
Irishkate e2 Member 3Irishkate vcard United Kingdom73 Constructive Critique Points
9 Mar 2014 - 11:56 AM

Look and learn and three cheers for the gull!!!
Great little sequence Colleen.
Kate GrinGrinGrin

EileenH
EileenH  1 United Kingdom
9 Mar 2014 - 12:07 PM

Beautiful setSmile

Eileen

netta1234
netta1234 e2 Member 2146 forum postsnetta1234 vcard Wales1 Constructive Critique Points
9 Mar 2014 - 12:18 PM

What a wonderful set Colleen,very clever birdsSmile
NettaSmile

Nikonuser1
Nikonuser1 e2 Member 1Nikonuser1 vcard United Kingdom7 Constructive Critique Points
9 Mar 2014 - 12:22 PM

These are great Colleen, the gull has learned that he can get a free meal easilySmileSmile

Cliff

Rende
Rende e2 Member 737 forum postsRende vcard Netherlands4 Constructive Critique Points
9 Mar 2014 - 12:49 PM

Fun series Colleen SmileSmile
Rende

Lynniesefforts
Lynniesefforts e2 Member 3Lynniesefforts vcard Australia
9 Mar 2014 - 1:49 PM

What a delightful set Colleen, Cannot pick a favourite, I love the sequence of events, so well captured...Terrific photography Grin

Lynette Grin

taggart
taggart e2 Member 942 forum poststaggart vcard United States12 Constructive Critique Points
9 Mar 2014 - 1:51 PM

Is the sea gull hoping for a bite?

ColleenA
ColleenA e2 Member 2155 forum postsColleenA vcard Australia3 Constructive Critique Points
9 Mar 2014 - 1:58 PM


Quote: Is the sea gull hoping for a bite?

Last 3 versions he had a huge crab that he swallowed

prabhusinha
prabhusinha e2 Member 6prabhusinha vcard India3 Constructive Critique Points
9 Mar 2014 - 2:03 PM

A lovely set repeating the old Aesop's fable.The clever Seagull is enjoying .

TrevBatWCC
TrevBatWCC e2 Member 6TrevBatWCC vcard England8 Constructive Critique Points
9 Mar 2014 - 2:09 PM

A great sequence of images telling a story, Colleen Smile I like the way the seagull is looking on curiously in V1 & V2...but then we see what seagulls are good at - stealing the food from under your nose (I know, it's happened to me! Sad)

HarrietH
HarrietH e2 Member 4261 forum postsHarrietH vcard Portugal
9 Mar 2014 - 2:53 PM

V1 for me, two birds with one shot. Grin

Maureen

BIGRY1
BIGRY1 e2 Member 2BIGRY1 vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
9 Mar 2014 - 2:57 PM

Lovely images. Glad to see you getting to grips with that new heavy lens of yoursWinkGrin
Ryan

sweetpea62
sweetpea62 e2 Member 3sweetpea62 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
9 Mar 2014 - 3:59 PM

What a great set Colleen..Lin

mikbee
mikbee e2 Member 7mikbee vcard Scotland7 Constructive Critique Points
9 Mar 2014 - 4:17 PM

Another fine set Colleen.
Good ones.
Mick.

Brian65
Brian65 e2 Member 5Brian65 vcard United Kingdom
9 Mar 2014 - 4:35 PM

Great set again Colleen, every shot tells a story.SmileSmileSmileTongueTongueWinkWink
Brian

SlowSong
SlowSong e2 Member 54203 forum postsSlowSong vcard England28 Constructive Critique Points
9 Mar 2014 - 4:42 PM

Ever resourceful gulls. Grin

taggart
taggart e2 Member 942 forum poststaggart vcard United States12 Constructive Critique Points
9 Mar 2014 - 5:49 PM

A very smart, and very lucky sea gull, and the flamingo is very generous! a great whidlife set! Thank you for your PM~


Spent some time in a nearby town today hoping to capture some interesting somethings??? Beautiful sun shine but wicked cold with wind!

Last Modified By taggart at 9 Mar 2014 - 5:51 PM
jaktis
jaktis e2 Member 1081 forum postsjaktis vcard Sweden
9 Mar 2014 - 5:51 PM

What a great set

Peter

ali63
ali63 e2 Member 2474 forum postsali63 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
9 Mar 2014 - 6:06 PM

Brilliant set Colleen,

Ali GrinGrin

Mike_Smith
Mike_Smith e2 Member 7116 forum postsMike_Smith vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
9 Mar 2014 - 6:13 PM

Wonderful set of pictures Colleen

PhilT2
PhilT2 e2 Member 494 forum postsPhilT2 vcard England9 Constructive Critique Points
9 Mar 2014 - 6:36 PM

A series of fine shots Colleen

Alan_Baseley
Alan_Baseley e2 Member 13320 forum postsAlan_Baseley vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
9 Mar 2014 - 7:07 PM

A great set Colleen,
Alan

Drighlynne
Drighlynne e2 Member 347 forum postsDrighlynne vcard United Kingdom
9 Mar 2014 - 7:40 PM

Lovely set of shots Colleen, I like V4 best.

Fred263
Fred263 e2 Member 2Fred263 vcard United Kingdom
9 Mar 2014 - 8:04 PM

Stunning set, Colleen.

Fred

dark_lord
dark_lord Critique Team 101446 forum postsdark_lord vcard England123 Constructive Critique Points
9 Mar 2014 - 8:25 PM

A great set you've taken here.
Keith

gss
gss  Romania1 Constructive Critique Points
9 Mar 2014 - 8:28 PM

I liked very much your little movie in 8 steps! It can be an excellent satirical film: there are many among us, who lie in wait on the diligent and hardworking men and at the appropriate moment take them fruits of their labor. With such gulls it is possible that poor flamingos become starving! Unfortunately, scenes like this more often seen in humans!
Silviu

Stephen_B
Stephen_B e2 Member 8Stephen_B vcard United Kingdom
9 Mar 2014 - 8:42 PM

That new lens is doing its stuff Colleen. Great set of images

Regards

Steve

Holmewood
Holmewood e2 Member 1Holmewood vcard United Kingdom
9 Mar 2014 - 9:45 PM

Great set Colleen. Very clever seagull. Cathy

Jenny-D
Jenny-D e2 Member 4Jenny-D vcard United Kingdom
9 Mar 2014 - 9:52 PM

Great images Colleen.

Jenny Smile

lblythe
lblythe  1 United Kingdom
9 Mar 2014 - 10:01 PM

So touching and some beautiful colours and tones.
L

WhiteRose1
WhiteRose1 e2 Member 41028 forum postsWhiteRose1 vcard England133 Constructive Critique Points
10 Mar 2014 - 2:21 PM

Excellent story telling, Colleen.

Dave

Glostopcat
Glostopcat e2 Member 8231 forum postsGlostopcat vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
10 Mar 2014 - 8:48 PM

What a wonderful sequence of natural history images telling us a story Colleen, excellent reportage. It is fascinating to watch these birds behaviour and see the interaction between the two. That flamingo must be a bit gullible allowing the freeloading seagull to pinch his/her lunch!Wink

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