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Only The Strong Survive
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Copyright: Bill Houghton (poppygan59) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 237 W: 0 N: 344] (2516)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2003-09-20
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon D60, Canon EF300mm 4/L IS
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/400 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Outstanding [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2011-10-30 5:09
Viewed: 2884
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 34
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
While I was at the pond shooting wildlife, I saw this scene unfold. This Great Blue Heron flew in and grabbed one of the little baby ducklings right our from under the mothers clutch. (Note the mother duck at the left of the picture.) The mother duck tried to fight him off, but to no avail. He flew off with it down to the end of the pond where he killed the duckling with his beak, and then swallowed it whole.

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absolutely spectacular drama once again unveiled in front of us, and despite the difficulties you've managed to capture perfectly everything with superb precision. One of the best images I have ever seen in Treknature...no doubt about that! Bravo Bill!
George Veltchev

Hi Bill,
another perfect timing. Great shot. Amazing colours. Great composition.
Have a nice evening,

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2011-10-30 9:32]

Hi Bill,
Perfect capture of this everyday drama of nature.
Very good moment captured.
Regards Jiri.

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 821 W: 0 N: 2415] (10648)
  • [2011-10-30 9:48]

Hi Bill,
Nice timing, nice composition ..
Very good sharpness and beautiful natural colors.
Best wishes,

Hello Bill,
Fantastic capture with excellent details and fantastic clarity.
This scenery of a spectacular drama is amazing.....
The composition is excellent.

Another fantastic action photo Bill! For one more time perfect timing, excellent composition, wonderful colours and good sharpness!

Hi Bill,
Beautiful capture of this Heron with the duckling. Clear sharp details combined with excellent natural colours and good lighting.

unbelievable drama you captured here. It makes me want to cry...you labeled this perfectly. I am sure you were just flabergasted seeing this. Definitely should win an award...totally totally amazed.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6479 W: 89 N: 15611] (65309)
  • [2011-10-30 12:43]

Hi Bill,this is one of your best pic,what a timing to take this scene and what a fantastic quality,impressive sharpness,light balance and colors,very very great and professional work!!! Have a nice week and thanks,Luciano

Hello Bill,
The accolades above say it all and I fully agree! Even the distraught mother is visible amongst the action. Something that just could not be re-enacted. Once again you were at the right place at the right time...and you saw it! - The mark of a great photographer. Well done Bill!

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  • pegos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 222 W: 0 N: 356] (1982)
  • [2011-10-30 13:28]

Hello Bill,
another fantastic image! Great time taken; excellent sharpness, light and composition. A great shot! Very well done!!
Thanks for sharing

Hi Bill,

You have captured an absolutely breathtaking moment. The picture conveys story of the event very well.


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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2752 W: 280 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2011-10-30 18:31]

Hello Bill,
You sure seem to have a knack for being in the right place at the right time when it comes to capturing awesome shots. A sad ending for the baby duck and it's mother, but one which is carried out every day in nature. Great action shot!!

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  • BREARD Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 106 W: 1 N: 419] (2141)
  • [2011-10-30 23:12]

Bonjour Bill,
Une qualité d'image fantastique, une netteté impressionnante, balance de la lumière et les couleurs, très grande.
Une très belle image

Hi Bill,
+++ for the good luck of having been there
+++ for pressing the shutter at the very right moment
+++ for the precision of the shot, the light, and the compo
+++ for the matter-of-fact descriptive notes
With thanks, and best regards,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5136 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-11-01 2:27]

Hello Bill,
Great dramatic scene photographed on the perfect moment. Excellent sharpness, details and composition. Beautiful natural colours.

bravo bravo bravo....amazing scene moment photo!
my best regards Nasos

Bonjour Bill,
Très dure scène de la vie sauvage magnifiquement restituée, à l'instant décisif, avec un grand réalisme.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

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