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Urban Wild....The Hunt

Urban Wild....The Hunt
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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: Mammals, Birds
Camera: Canon Digital Rebel XT, Canon 75-300 1:4-5.6 III USM
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/200 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-08-18 5:26
Viewed: 2255
Points: 12
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I culminate this Urban Wild series with the Hunt in which our two protagonists which I had shown individually in last 2 posts, the Juvenile Female Shikra and the Indian Flying Fox or the Great Fruit eating bat engage in a desperate battle for survival.

Again to remind you this happened in the premises of our residential society and this was taken from the window of my apartment.

I preferred to take a video of this rather unique action for obvious reasons and hence had to settle for only a few shots I could grab in the beginning. The constant and sudden movement, cloudy light, distance and lot of excitement meant that this was the best I could manage in the 5-6 shots I took. Considering the location, I could do little to avoid the vehicles in the background.

After repeated attacks on the Shikra with its wings and claws the Bat managed to escape. The 2 earlier posts were after the first escape. Finally the Shikra won this struggle for survival.

CLICK HERE to check out a nice little video of this unique sequence uploaded to Youtube.

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Great capture indeed! Well done

Hi Himanshu,
interesting photo of these birda. Nice presetation. Good sharpness on the first bird.
Have a nice weekend,

Hello Himanshu,
Incredible catch.....Your Urban Wild series are very interesting.
Perfect details and very good focus.
Thanks for sharing!

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2012-08-18 15:07]

Great capture on this new post of your strange and interesting serie,a dramatic moment and a beautiful wings position,very good details and pov too.Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano

Fantastic moment and quite a good pic for a fast action pic.
best regards and thanks for showing this very interesting situation.

Here, the expression in the eye of the predator is that of triumph, Himanshu. From this angle, the bat seems to have turned a bit inconsequential. In fact, it did not look like a Bat to me at all in the first glance. The focus could have been a tad sharper with faster shutter speed.
All in all, an exciting pictorial story of struggle for existence.


hello Himanshu,
stunning and perfect action shot with good sharpness and colour.
best wishes,

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