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How to go Crab fishing...

By ColleenA
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

Tags: Flamingo Seagull Wildlife and nature Pelican bayNamibia

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fotobee Plus
3 4 3 South Africa
9 Mar 2014 5:33AM
Excellent series of shots, Colleen. Hard to decide which, but I think I go with v1

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CarolG Plus
9 196 18 Greece
9 Mar 2014 6:02AM
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
Bantu Plus
3 7 1 India
9 Mar 2014 7:05AM
It require a lot of patience to have these shots,and you have that,superb capture.
NDODS Plus
6 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
9 Mar 2014 7:20AM
A very well captured set of high quality images, each one providing me with endless pleasure. Thank you for sharing.

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin
LynneJoyce Plus
8 20 99 United Kingdom
9 Mar 2014 7:45AM
Excellent reportage. What an enterprising gull.
JohnoP 11 2
9 Mar 2014 7:48AM
A great set Colleen....that Seagull was very clever indeed! Grin John
Nothing silly about this set Colleen SmileSmileSmile,
Fred.
fentiger Plus
15 916 23 England
9 Mar 2014 8:28AM
An enjoyable set of images,

Albert
AnneB50 4 118 18 Scotland
9 Mar 2014 8:31AM
There's a real story here Colleen, lovely set of images.

Anne
9 Mar 2014 8:34AM
Great sequence of shots, Colleen.

P.
Mollycat Plus
3 11 2 United Kingdom
9 Mar 2014 8:38AM
Wounderful pictures, everyone a joy. Well done Colleen.
Peter GrinGrinGrin
9 Mar 2014 8:51AM
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 Plus
7 22 17 United Kingdom
9 Mar 2014 8:58AM
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 9 151 68 England
9 Mar 2014 9:13AM
An interesting set Colleen….

Trev
jdinne 13 16 England
9 Mar 2014 9:14AM
Excellent Colleen nice story here.

John
9 Mar 2014 9:22AM
Oh yes clever indeed.....
The bright spark will always win....
Great reportage images
9 Mar 2014 9:36AM
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 8 109 25 England
9 Mar 2014 9:52AM
Excellent set Colleen, love the first one especially.

Andy
mistere Plus
3 1 3 England
9 Mar 2014 9:53AM
Super set Collen, love the sneak attack in V3.

Dave.
Chinga Plus
5 3 1 United Kingdom
9 Mar 2014 9:55AM
Vi, V5, V8 are favorites. Tha'ts one cheeky gull Grin
Lovely images... IB
ColleenA Plus
4 319 4 Australia
9 Mar 2014 9:59AM

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
9 Mar 2014 10:07AM
Excellent birding , Colleen!- V1 and V5 are my absolute favourites ! --- Very good photography ! --- Jukka.
viscostatic 10 34 5 United Kingdom
9 Mar 2014 10:12AM
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.
9 Mar 2014 10:14AM
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
9 Mar 2014 10:40AM
all good Colleen V3 stands out for me

Graham
carper123 Plus
4 921 8 United Kingdom
9 Mar 2014 10:48AM
A stunning set of images, Colleen, patients well rewarded and such contrasting birds, one exotic and the other so common.
Excellent.
Darryl.
a great set i will go for the comadre of V8



billy
Irishkate Plus
6 38 100 United Kingdom
9 Mar 2014 11:56AM
Look and learn and three cheers for the gull!!!
Great little sequence Colleen.
Kate GrinGrinGrin
EileenH 3 1 United Kingdom
9 Mar 2014 12:07PM
Beautiful setSmile

Eileen
netta1234 Plus
4 369 2 Wales
9 Mar 2014 12:18PM
What a wonderful set Colleen,very clever birdsSmile
NettaSmile
Nikonuser1 Plus
4 72 14 United Kingdom
9 Mar 2014 12:22PM
These are great Colleen, the gull has learned that he can get a free meal easilySmileSmile

Cliff
Rende Plus
9 38 4 Netherlands
9 Mar 2014 12:49PM
Fun series Colleen SmileSmile
Rende
What a delightful set Colleen, Cannot pick a favourite, I love the sequence of events, so well captured...Terrific photography Grin

Lynette Grin
taggart Plus
12 47 13 United States
9 Mar 2014 1:51PM
Is the sea gull hoping for a bite?
ColleenA Plus
4 319 4 Australia
9 Mar 2014 1:58PM

Quote:Is the sea gull hoping for a bite?

Last 3 versions he had a huge crab that he swallowed
9 Mar 2014 2:03PM
A lovely set repeating the old Aesop's fable.The clever Seagull is enjoying .
TrevBatWCC Plus
8 12 10 England
9 Mar 2014 2:09PM
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)
9 Mar 2014 2:53PM
V1 for me, two birds with one shot. Grin

Maureen
BIGRY1 Plus
4 3 7 United Kingdom
9 Mar 2014 2:57PM
Lovely images. Glad to see you getting to grips with that new heavy lens of yoursWinkGrin
Ryan
9 Mar 2014 3:59PM
What a great set Colleen..Lin
mikbee 9 3 8 Scotland
9 Mar 2014 4:17PM
Another fine set Colleen.
Good ones.
Mick.
Brian65 7 2 United Kingdom
9 Mar 2014 4:35PM
Great set again Colleen, every shot tells a story.SmileSmileSmileTongueTongueWinkWink
Brian
SlowSong Plus
8 6.4k 29 England
9 Mar 2014 4:42PM
Ever resourceful gulls. Grin
taggart Plus
12 47 13 United States
9 Mar 2014 5:49PM
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!
jaktis Plus
12 84 Sweden
9 Mar 2014 5:51PM
What a great set

Peter
ali63 Plus
4 753 1 United Kingdom
9 Mar 2014 6:06PM
Brilliant set Colleen,

Ali GrinGrin
Mike_Smith Plus
9 314 1 United Kingdom
9 Mar 2014 6:13PM
Wonderful set of pictures Colleen
PhilT2 Plus
6 379 25 England
9 Mar 2014 6:36PM
A series of fine shots Colleen
9 Mar 2014 7:07PM
A great set Colleen,
Alan
Lovely set of shots Colleen, I like V4 best.
Stunning set, Colleen.

Fred
dark_lord Plus
12 1.8k 326 England
9 Mar 2014 8:25PM
A great set you've taken here.
Keith
gss 2 1 Romania
9 Mar 2014 8:28PM
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
9 Mar 2014 8:42PM
That new lens is doing its stuff Colleen. Great set of images

Regards

Steve
Great set Colleen. Very clever seagull. Cathy
9 Mar 2014 9:52PM
Great images Colleen.

Jenny Smile
9 Mar 2014 10:01PM
So touching and some beautiful colours and tones.
L
WhiteRose1 Plus
6 1.6k 148 England
10 Mar 2014 2:21PM
Excellent story telling, Colleen.

Dave
Glostopcat 10 255 2 England
10 Mar 2014 8:48PM
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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