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The harsh law of nature

The harsh law of nature
Photo Information
Copyright: Asbed Iskedjian (CeltickRanger) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3415 W: 71 N: 9937] (37400)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2016-04-14
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D5100, AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.8G
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/4000 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2016-04-17 16:23
Viewed: 1685
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Helklo friends, « The harsh law of nature ».
Some will eat, and some others will be eaten !
A Ring-billed Gull with its prey a newborn Eastern Grey Squirrel.

1/4000s f/5.6 ISO1000 85mm (35mm eq:127mm)


« Food
Able to thrive on almost any available source of nutrition,
Ring-billed Gulls eat mostly fish, insects, earthworms,
rodents, grain, and garbage. Common fish prey include alewife,
smelt, nine-spined stickleback, and yellow perch; insect meals
feature primarily beetles, flies, dragonflies, and bugs.

In the western U.S., many Ring-billed Gull populations find
most of their food on farm fields, forgoing fish altogether.
In addition to their more common fare, Ring-billed Gulls
have been known to eat dates, cherries, blueberries, and
strawberries, as well as French fries and other food discarded
—or left unguarded—by people. »



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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2016-04-17 19:08]
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Hello Asbed,
A nice capture of, (as you already stated), the law of nature. I have seen roadrunners out west with baby birds in their beaks and must admit, I usually feel sorry for the babies. I then realize many times in nature one must die in order for another to survive.
You have done a great job of freezing the wing action, thus giving us a good look at the gull with it's prey.

Very nice capture , Asbed.
Seen and appreciated.

Thanks for sharing.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2016-04-18 2:26]

Hello Asbed,
Fantastic sharp detailed picture in very beautiful natural colors. Your timing was perfect. Great diagonal composition.

Hello Asbed,
What a charming presentation in diagonal orientation!
You have created a flawless and razor sharp image.
Thanks for sharing!

Ciao Asbed, great capture of beautiful in-flight gull and its prey, perfect focus, wonderful colors, splendid sharpness and fine details, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2016-04-18 8:45]

Hi Asbed,bad moment for the squirrel,but this is the low of nature as you can wrote...fantastic in flight capture very sharp and bright,well done! Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2016-04-18 10:05]

Hi Asbed,
Another shot with pefect capture moment. Good details and amazing colors.
Gorgeous blue background. Very good capture of this everyday drama of nature.
Regards Jiri.

Hello Asbed,
Nice captured in soft light. Good details and sharpness.
Thanks and regards,
Enjoy WE,

Bonjour Asbedm

Tu as bien capturé le déplacement de l'oiseau. La prise de vue permet de voir les détails du Goéland à bec cerclé et de son repas. La bonne luminosité met en valeur la beauté des couleurs. Bonne journée.


Hello Asbed
Great in flight capture of this species with prey. Great timing,well framed lovely low light for this wonderful colors. Excellent work!
Have a good weekend and thanks!
Best regards

I am curious as to how the gull got to make off with the new-bormn squirrel since I assume it snatched it from the nest, which is usually a dense clump of leaves high in a tree. Very clear shot, specially taken against the sky yet preserving color and details.

Hi Asbed,
I think Alan's right about how the gull was able to capture the newborn squirrel. The photo's very spectacular, greatly exposed, nicely composed, the gull's tack sharp with plenty of details on the plumage. Exceptional shot. Bravo!
Kind regards from Ireland, László

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