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Capercaillie egg in mouth of Pine marten

By Vince_S
This was an opportunistic shot taken in May this year. I was out early one morning looking for capercaillie when out in front of me down the road came this marten carrying an egg and I am not sure who was more startled the marten or me. I managed a few shots just before it disappeared.The egg was later identified as that of a capercaillie. It may not be the best image technically but as a record of an unusual natural history event it gives me great pleasure. Hope anyone who views it thinks the same.

Thanks to all who viewed and voted on my last upload.

Tags: Scotland Wildlife and nature Pine marten Capercaillie

Voters: User_Removed, Shroomer, luckybry and 28 more

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User_Removed 12 26 2 United States
2 Sep 2010 8:33PM
I'm amazed he could get his mouth around that! Amazing capture.
Shroomer 13 14 167 England
2 Sep 2010 8:48PM
Superb head on capture Vince and like the border as it draws the eye straight in
11 10 10 England
2 Sep 2010 9:51PM
A great capture of this happening.
tomcat 15 6.4k 15 United Kingdom
2 Sep 2010 9:58PM
a cracking opportune shot, but unlike Richard, I do not go with the vignetting.

OAKEY 12 United Kingdom
2 Sep 2010 10:35PM
Fantastic capture Vince, lovely composition.
3 Sep 2010 8:42PM
Great shot well done
mrjt 14 United Kingdom
4 Sep 2010 4:08PM
A well Captured opportune shot....Jack
Glostopcat 14 255 2 England
5 Sep 2010 6:08PM
An excellent opportunistic capture, certainly not something you see everyday
Maiwand 13 3 73 England
5 Sep 2010 9:59PM
Stunning shot. What a capture.
Lillian Plus
11 23 17 United Kingdom
6 Sep 2010 3:04PM
An amazing capture, being in the right place at the right time..sure paid off here
Brian65 11 2 United Kingdom
7 Sep 2010 3:12PM
What a great capture Vince, well done.
DRicherby 12 269 726 United Kingdom
9 Sep 2010 10:34AM
Featured e2 photo at the moment.

For a grab shot, this is pretty good and the subject is compelling enough that it's definitely worth sharing. I'd recommend against the vignette, though — darkening the corners a little can help to keep the eye within the frame but this heavy border is distracting and claustrophobic.
20 Sep 2010 8:58AM
wonderful set of pine martin shots, not an easy animal to catch on film.
sparrowhawk Plus
12 282 2 United Kingdom
9 Sep 2013 5:18PM
a chance encounter never to be repeated i'd imagine ! wonderful moment captured

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