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    Default JFK #2/Predatory Gull #3 (???) <smile>

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    This adult Great Black-backed Gull was ripping apart a young skimmer that it dispatched at the western end of the Nickerson colony. For two more images of the carnage see my post in Avian ID, Nomenclature, and Behavior here: http://birdphotographers.net/forums/...ad.php?t=44455 Seen any good predatory gull behavior? Add it to the list at the thread above.

    This image was created with the tripod-mounted 800mm f/5.6L IS lens with the EOS-1D MIII. ISO 400. Evaluative metering +1 stop: 1/1250 sec. at f/6.3.

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    Very interesting capture Artie, the most pure and wild side of nature. The shooting angle is fantastic and I like the eye of the gull concentrated in the corpse of the skimmer.

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    Beautiful shooting angle,bg,timing!

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    Superb quality and a very interesting Behavior image.
    I like the angle, beautiful BG and FG and light.

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    Hey Artie,
    I think I have them eating everything else but! Love the action......promised to stay away from the crop tool just for you this afternoon.....so I won't say it:D!
    Really cool!

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    Hi Artie

    One of my favoutire gulls and they are very impressive birds but also usually difficult to approach. I like the low angle and combination of complimentary colours here and savenging action you have captured. They are very predatory I have seen them hunting live teal and moorhen on a local wetland in the winter. When one is on the wing over the reserve the birds react to it like as if peregrine was about and with good reason.

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    Artie, I have never witnessed this and I hope I never see this for myself. I know it is a natural part of nature but it is very difficult to see. I think this behavior is very interesting and I think your capture of this behavior is very well done. The angle gives the viewer a perfect view.

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    Hi Artie,
    Agree with Denise - very difficult to witness this behaviour though I know that even a gull must eat...
    Have been processing my 'carnage pix' today also... love the low angle.
    Best,
    Nicki

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    At times nature can appear cruel. I'm sure if the Black Skimmer had asked to have its death recorded, you couldn't have done a better job. Excellent composition , low angle and technically perfect(as expected)

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    Super exposure and excellent detail and colours. I like the low angle captured and thanks for sharing this behaviour
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    Guruji
    Super shot with great expo, compo , BG and sharpness, amazing action here
    I must say , I have never seen like this before , we have lot many Gulls visiting in winters near local dam backwaters and they always feed on fish
    Thanks for showing this master-capture to all of us:)
    IMHO this image is a great wildlife document
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    Thanks all for commenting.

    Cruel is a choice. I have zero problem with the gulls killing and eating the young skimmers. In fact, I am always rooting for the predators!

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    very interesting behaviour Artie! once again pin sharp and the ground-level angle makes this one work wonders for me. at first glance the horizon seemed slightly skew but then I saw the ground in front was level :)
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    It is the way of things.... Nice capture. It was nice seeing you on the Island in some warm weather :)

    Lou

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