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    Posted: 10 October 2019 at 02:27
Went to the lagoon today after dropping Zach off to pre-school. To early for wintering birds, and only a single Heron, there was not much to shoot until I noticed a commotion far out on the lagoon....

All with Sony A99ii and Minolta 400/4.5 + 1.4X TC. All photos except last two are medium to heavy crops - it was way out there. I was quite happy to have so many in focus, not nearly certain when just hand holding and trying to keep focus on something so small in viewfinder! I missed many, many good BIF shots trying to keep up - but nailed a few so I am happy.

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Eagle one dive


2. Very near miss


3. Seagull desperately trying to take off, but unable because of constant attacks from two eagles and no doubt also hampered by being in the middle of trying to swallow a fish WAY too big for it. The fish itself will kill it if the eagles don't first. A good guess on this fish is a catfish variety common to the lagoon - VERY spiny.


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9. Got a fatal piece I am certain... but not caught.


10.All of a sudden, the eagles inexplicably gave up and the seagull, unharassed, was able to take off and quite unsteadily fly away, right to the beach in front of me in fact.


11. He parked himself for a few minutes, then took off again unsteadily and I lost sight of him. I am quite certain this fish was his last and the eagles would get their meal soon - he was in pretty rough shape.


Edited by WestCoastCannuck - 10 October 2019 at 02:36
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Sea gulls - flying rats in many people's minds here on the east coast for how they steal your food right outta your hands! Excellent series!
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What a great story in reportage style. You certainly got the timing right - TFS Mike .
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Great story and beautiful pictures.
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Amazing story and reportage photos captured by you.
As you say, it's likely the eagle will be able to enjoy fish wrapped in seagull before long....
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Post Options Post Options   Quote stevo71 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10 October 2019 at 11:45
Fascinating series of shots mate and well taken. Poor seagull literally bit off more than it can chew on this occasion - lol.
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Superb series of images and great story. TFS
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A story well told and illustrated Mike. I particularly like the determined look in the eagle's eye in #1. TFS
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All of the above TFS Mike!
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Thanks much for all the kind comments! These sort of things usually leave me unprepared but as it happens I was standing in the right place and already set-up for distant BIF shots so I got some good ones - though I should have changed my settings for the water series. I find any sort of "action" photography a constant learning process.... and often RE-learning what you already know and keep forgetting in the moment.   

Edited by WestCoastCannuck - 10 October 2019 at 18:44
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