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On a recent visit to Kruger National Park we stopped in at the Lake Panic bird hide and were treated to quite a spectacle. This male Giant Kingfisher had caught a giant (by his standards) fish. As I snapped away, he proceeded to bash the living daylights out of it against the branch. Sadly for us, he flew off with it so we'll never know if he managed to swallow it!

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Camera:Canon EOS 400D
Lens:Sigma 70-300mm APO DG
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:Battle of the Giants
Username:ShedMan ShedMan
Uploaded:20 Sep 2010 - 3:11 PM
Tags:Africa, Bird, Birds, General, Kingfisher, Landscape / travel, Nature, Wildlife, Wildlife / nature
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martyn_b
martyn_b  91 Constructive Critique Points
20 Sep 2010 - 3:22 PM

nice catch, it would look good in a portrait crop if enough pixels,cheers martyn

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JosephLP
JosephLP Junior Member 5
20 Sep 2010 - 3:49 PM

nice shot
Joseph

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acousticmist
20 Sep 2010 - 3:51 PM

A brilliant capture.....Martin

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ShedMan
ShedMan  9 South Africa2 Constructive Critique Points
20 Sep 2010 - 3:53 PM


Quote: Nice catch

Who - me or the kingfisher? Smile

I thought about a portrait crop but decided to keep more of the branch in to give some sense of scale (no pun intended). If I had an E2 membership I could have done a series with different shots and crops. I thought the fish bashing shots were maybe a bit too gory for this site though, especially the ones where its insides end up on the outside!

Thanks for the constructive crit, much appreciated. Smile

Last Modified By ShedMan at 20 Sep 2010 - 3:55 PM

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jocneilson
20 Sep 2010 - 4:12 PM

niec shot just like most of your others gets my click yours JOC..

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danbrann
danbrann e2 Member 10495 forum postsdanbrann vcard 15 Constructive Critique Points
20 Sep 2010 - 4:37 PM

A very good image and a rare find.

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NeilWigan
NeilWigan  4 England15 Constructive Critique Points
20 Sep 2010 - 5:12 PM

Nice shot .

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AlanWillis
AlanWillis e2 Member 566 forum postsAlanWillis vcard England
20 Sep 2010 - 5:28 PM

He swallowed it! Iv'e seen English ones eat fish nearly as big, they just take a while to digest it.
Alan

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bluetitblue
bluetitblue e2 Member 5bluetitblue vcard United Kingdom
20 Sep 2010 - 7:08 PM

Great capture good work.

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maratsuikka
20 Sep 2010 - 7:58 PM

nice to meet,Mr Graeme Cammack

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hasslebladuk
hasslebladuk e2 Member 5hasslebladuk vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
20 Sep 2010 - 8:11 PM

Excellent shot
mike

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FeatherFriend
FeatherFriend e2 Member 732 forum postsFeatherFriend vcard England217 Constructive Critique Points
22 Sep 2010 - 2:24 PM

A great image here Graeme, it's just amazing how the food chain works, lovely detail and catchlight in the eye considering it's back light,
Geoff.

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ShedMan
ShedMan  9 South Africa2 Constructive Critique Points
25 Sep 2010 - 3:57 PM

Thanks for your comments, everyone, much appreciated! Smile

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Daisymaye
Daisymaye e2 Member 6Daisymaye vcard Canada9 Constructive Critique Points
27 Sep 2010 - 9:54 PM

Excellent timed capture. Can't imagine where he would put a big fish like that. He'd certainly be a fattie til it digested.........Sandy

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jammbulator
23 Oct 2010 - 9:25 PM

awesome dude. perfect the way it is
sell this pic to the South African tourism or airline
cheers,
jamm

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artcubis
artcubis  7 United States6 Constructive Critique Points
23 Oct 2010 - 9:58 PM

AWARD Winning photo.
This is definitely for the National Geographic collection.
Your portfolio is full lof gems like this.

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