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Escape From Death part 2

By esoxlucius
Scene 2. 2nd shot of this collection.

This shot I think illustrates beatifully how a Mother is prepared to make the ultimate sacrifice to save Her family. She was merrily paddling across a lake with her chicks, when a Pike, attracted by all the tiny vibrations caused by all the paddling feet, attacked!! Fortunately it's initial lunge failed to connect, then all hell broke lose. The Mother grabbed Her trailing chick by the wing, and beat a retreat toward shore, drawing the Pike away from Her other chicks, the Pike made three more attempts to feed on Duck, almost suceeding on the last occaision, grabbing the Mother in an explosion of water. How She got free I do not know, but She did and so too did Her family. No doubt this is not a reare occurrance, but I think it is a rare sight I and I consider myself very lucky to have been photographing this little family just as the drama was unfolding. It all took about 10-15 seconds start to finish. Check out my portoflio for the other shots.
Thanks for all your kind comments.

Tags: Mother General Duck Water Fish Bird Chase Pike Wildlife and nature Sports and action

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RTDS 13 Cyprus
12 May 2010 7:56PM
This is a great action shot.
Wery nice details.
Well done.
vickyf 16 8 8 United Kingdom
12 May 2010 8:21PM
Great composition, timing and capture.
12 May 2010 8:29PM
Well captured - we 'saw' a Young Coot chick disappear from the water... probably a Pike... fraction of a second.
14 May 2010 10:39PM
A cracking shot Tim.

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