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Battle of the Giants

By ShedMan  
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!


Tags: Wildlife Nature Birds General Africa Kingfisher Bird Landscape and travel Wildlife and nature

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martyn_b 12 20 1
20 Sep 2010 3:22PM
nice catch, it would look good in a portrait crop if enough pixels,cheers martyn

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JosephLP 9 1
20 Sep 2010 3:49PM
nice shot
acousticmist 8 10 1 United Kingdom
20 Sep 2010 3:51PM
A brilliant capture.....Martin
ShedMan 12 3 2 South Africa
20 Sep 2010 3:53PM

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
jocneilson 11 2 United Kingdom
20 Sep 2010 4:12PM
niec shot just like most of your others gets my click yours JOC..
danbrann Plus
13 637 17
20 Sep 2010 4:37PM
A very good image and a rare find.
NeilWigan Plus
7 17 16 England
20 Sep 2010 5:12PM
Nice shot .
AlanWillis 8 67 England
20 Sep 2010 5:28PM
He swallowed it! Iv'e seen English ones eat fish nearly as big, they just take a while to digest it.
20 Sep 2010 7:08PM
Great capture good work.
20 Sep 2010 7:58PM
nice to meet,Mr Graeme Cammack
20 Sep 2010 8:11PM
Excellent shot
FeatherFriend 10 38 217 England
22 Sep 2010 2:24PM
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,
ShedMan 12 3 2 South Africa
25 Sep 2010 3:57PM
Thanks for your comments, everyone, much appreciated! Smile

Daisymaye Plus
9 23 16 Canada
27 Sep 2010 9:54PM
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
23 Oct 2010 9:25PM
awesome dude. perfect the way it is
sell this pic to the South African tourism or airline
artcubis 11 6 United States
23 Oct 2010 9:58PM
AWARD Winning photo.
This is definitely for the National Geographic collection.
Your portfolio is full lof gems like this.

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