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Urban Wild..Part 2/3 ..The Predator

Urban Wild..Part 2/3 ..The Predator
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Copyright: Himanshu Ranade (Xplorer) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 125 W: 13 N: 327] (2187)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-07-15
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon Digital Rebel XT, Canon 75-300 1:4-5.6 III USM
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/400 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-08-17 7:01
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Points: 10
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This is part II of a three part series of the wild wild and raw nature that is sometimes on display even in the middle of an Urban environment. Our residential colony became the setting for this rather unusual and rare drama. The Protagonist in part 1 yesterday was the "Prey" an Indian flying Fox Pteropus giganteus which is a giant fruit eating bat.

The second protagonist of the drama is the "Predator" the Shikra (Accipiter badius) a bird of prey found even in Indian cities.

This one resting here after the first failed attempt to catch that bat is in fact a female Juvenile most probably still learning the tricks of the trade. I chose this picture since it also shows clearly the tongue, not so common a sight in the birds. In fact a first for me also. I am given to understand that we see the tongue here since this is an immature. Can somebody actually confirm this information.

Some more information for the species and a nice photograph in the wild of a grown Female Shikra is presented by Ashok just one Quail apart.

Tomorrow...The Hunt

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hello Himanshu
very nice pose of this bird
good details and lovely colours
thanks greeting lou

Ehehe..my today pic was perfect for your original and interesting serie,very good capture whit excellent light management and colors,only the details aren't at the top but i know how wasn't easy from this distance.Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

Hi Himanshu,
of course very nice photo of this predator. Excellent pose. It looks like a soldier! Amazing composition.
Have a nice weekend,

Hallo Himanshu
I once had the opportunity to also capture a bird of prey and her juvenile in my backyard and boy it was such a thrilling experience. I also like the pose as Lou mentioned as one can see the details of the chest feathers beautifully, and then I also agree to what Maciek noted and that is that the bird looks like a soldier. Indeed it does. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

Yes, the tongue of this female Shikra is clearly visible in this shot. I assume it is tired after the first attack on the Bat and is trying to regain its breath. The typical Shikra eye here seems to be spitting fire of anger and frustration.
I suspect a little over-exposure here and there within the frame. Other than that, it is a nice portrait of the juvenile predator.


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