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Proactive Feeding

Proactive Feeding
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Copyright: Subhayan Mandal (shabsslg) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 107 W: 0 N: 127] (913)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-04-14
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Pentax K-x, Pentax smc DA 55-300mm f/4-5.8 ED, Promaster HGX Protection 58mm
Exposure: f/5.8, 1/2500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-04-15 7:58
Viewed: 3060
Points: 6
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I have been observing gulls - well with ducks (cormorants included) well outside my range - I have no choice but to see gulls & herons. I observed this peculiar behaviour yesterday.

Gulls generally feed like ducks by poking the head into the water. But here they did it a way more like a tern/KF. They lifted themselves a couple of feet from the water surface - reverse geared - nose dived - broke into the water - and made a half body plunge. The entire sequence may be found in the gallery.

I guess they were doing this just to get a little more reach downwards, in order to feed. However, unlike terns & KFs, they dived from a lesser height. Moreover, due to the buoyancy of the their body they could not be fully submerged.

I, however, note that that the gallery photos are not of the same bird or the sequence, unlike the tern image, which referred to the sequential images of a single event by the same bird.

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Hello Subhayan

You have shot this photo with superb timing,
not easy photo to do you focused superbly
the bird, TFS


very nice photo, the moment is great!
regards Subhayan

Hello Subhayan.
Nice moment captured in flight with the bird diving down to the water. The light and details are marvelous/

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