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I was in the two-storey hide at the LWT with a wildlife filmmaker. There was a heron about 40m away and it was continually being chased away by a coot and a female pochard. The Poachard had about 5 ducklings.

However, this was to no avail as the heron came back and plucked one of the ducklings from the water, before proceeding to fly across the lagoon past the hide where it went behind some reeds so I could not see it devour it.

Although sad to see, this is why the ducks lay so many eggs as they know that only a small percentage will survive due to predation by herons and gulls and foxes, and other reasons. It is how life is for them.

Hope you like it!

Oscar

Camera:Nikon D300S Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:sigma 50-500 f4-6.3
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:Grey Heron with Lunch
Username:dewie dewie
Uploaded:14 Jun 2010 - 5:54 PM
Tags:Duckling, Eat, Eating, Flight, Flying, Food, Grey heron, Heron, Pochard, Pochard duckling, Water, Wildlife / nature
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saeidNL
saeidNL  4 Netherlands3 Constructive Critique Points
14 Jun 2010 - 6:03 PM

Superb capture,
well done.
saeid

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LukeParkinson
14 Jun 2010 - 7:05 PM

Good capture and well timed. Well done

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KarenFB
KarenFB Junior Gallery Team 84255 forum postsKarenFB vcard England162 Constructive Critique Points
14 Jun 2010 - 7:21 PM

Oh!!! That is so sad!! Yes, I know it's nature. Sad You have managed to capture it very well though, the panning is brilliant and the Heron is beautifully sharp.

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johnjones
johnjones  4 England
14 Jun 2010 - 8:01 PM

what a brill flight shot great detail spot on
jj

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jonah794
jonah794  51723 forum posts United Kingdom11 Constructive Critique Points
14 Jun 2010 - 9:26 PM

That's really sad to see Oscar, but as Karen said, nature must do what it must, and sadly this is one of the things. After all, for the herons it's not sad, if they didn't have it they would starve to death - and that's sad too Sad

Anyway, it's extremely well panned and sharp, and I think you've caught the moment extremely well.

Jonah

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rontear e2 Member 11rontear vcard England4 Constructive Critique Points
14 Jun 2010 - 10:32 PM

Superb nature, Oscar. Life. Ron.

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dewie
dewie  4 United Kingdom
18 Jun 2010 - 5:19 PM

Thanks for the comments, and especially to the Junior Team for the Junior Award Grin

Oscar

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