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sight of dead

sight of dead
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Copyright: erlangga septama (septama) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 107 W: 0 N: 69] (363)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-05-04
Categories: Reptiles
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Xit left: 1, 2, 3 ..., Reptiles - Lizards, Chuckwallas, Agamas & Tegus 2, The predator with the Prey, Jumping spiders (Salticidae) of the world - part 2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-05-05 1:01
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Sight of dead might the most appropriate title to naming this shot especially if you see the helpless sight of this poor victim, I took this shot rushly in relative near distance (+/- 50 cm) even you could see my shadow reflected on the spider eye, the skink seem ignore my present and saddly spoken nothing I could do the spider

Skink info:

Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Family: Sauria
Genus: Lampropholis

Garden skinks (Lampropholis sp) have an average size of 7 cm and rarely exceed 9 cm, but really good in hunting small insect and had a voracious appetite. Its rely purely on the movement of their prey when hunting. if their prey is not moving, they will not see it as edible and will not strike. When hunting, the skinks will either hide and wait for prey to come by or actively pursue it (this depends on how hungry they are). Once they have caught their prey, they shake it around vigorously to kill it before swallowing it whole. Once they have had one meal, they begin to actively pursue prey with their newfound energy.Actually The skinks body only need one prey item per 4 or 5 days, but will still eat should they got any opportunity
Source (Encyclopaedia Britannica and www.wikipedia.com)

I just update the shot in different angle within one succession. If you want to see the processes when this skink swollen up the spider just click the workshop version or just click the link bellow:
view from different angle

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Hi Erlangga,
What an amazing capture of this moment in time. Poor spider. Yes, I can see your image in the poor things eyes. That's nature for you. I like the way the sun is shining on the skink and I can see its scales and all the detail. Nicely done.

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2007-05-05 6:20]

Hi Erlangga,
Yes you could do nothing as it is meetings its karma. But nice shot. I am also feeling sorry for the spider. TFS Ganesh

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-05-05 10:29]

Hi Erlangga,

What a capture this is! You caught the action perfectly. Those spider's eyes are amazing. I never thought I would feel sorry for a spider - but I do. Poor thing.


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  • clnaef Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 778 W: 67 N: 645] (6814)
  • [2007-05-05 10:43]

Intéressante scène de prédation bien nette.
Bonne journée.

Thanks for your visit and kind comment on my recent picture, Mr. Septama.
This is a wonderful capture of a garden Skink with a spider in its jaws. The law of the survival of the fittest at work here, no doubt. The popping eyes of the spider are very well captured in this shot.
Thanks and regards.

Hi Erlangga,
great shot. wonderful position or action.
thanks. well done.

Hello Elrlangga,
This is an impressive capture because we usually see spiders as prey and not the contrary. Nature is nature and it rules by the juggle law... This is a well exposed picture with excellent details, composition and intensities. This is very well done. Thanks

Hello Erlangga
What a great hunting shot,
Perfect details and lighting,
Excellent work.


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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2007-05-11 10:27]

Hi Erlangga.
Great you caught this moment.Composition is a little tight(IMHO),but yet very nice with diagonal position main subject.Very impressive your used point of view-directly to the eyes spider.Those scenes has very good sharp details and true natural colours.Well done,TFS.
Best greetings Milos.

Hi Erlangga,
A very decesive moment you captured with the hunter and the hunted. A spot on exposure haas the colors and detail looking superb. This looks great!

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-05-13 22:48]

Hi Erlangga,

All part of the circle of life.Very well captured.The details are sharp.Very good us of lighting,the colour saturation is very good.Well composed.TFS


Waoooo !! que enfoque , que colores y que oportunidad en esta bonita y diferente toma, sobre todo por el ángulo de disparo. Enhorabuena Erlangga .

Saludos desde España: J. Ignasi Tejedor

Hi septama,
This is a very good capture. Excellent POV. I like his very much. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Hi Erlangga,

What a amazing photo. The shadows in those spider's eyes are perfect. It's not so nice for the spider, but the skink have also to eat and then are the rules just what Claudine says: Nature is nature and it rules by the juggle law. Very sharp photo. Only the tail of the skink is a little bit out of focus. Well done. Reaagrds and TFS Bob

Bonjour Erlangga
Superbe prise, excellente gestion de l'exposition, netteté et attitude des sujets. Bravo
Amicalement Robi

It's a spine-chilling photo, and technically it's excellent. Amazingly sharp considering you took it in a rush!

poor spider!
amazing how we associate big dark eyes with good, and thin skinned-cold blooded lizards with contempt.
But you took a great photo considering the quick action you needed to take.

The hunter hunted! The cycle in Nature...

Very good catch! I tried a different presentation.
See what you think!

TFS, Jay

PS Also Themed!

Hello Erlangga,
Nice craetures, perfect capture. TFS. Greetings from Izmir. Bayram

Hola Erlangga
Es impresionante esta foto, tanto por la oportunidad del momento como por el angulo de la toma.En los ojos de la araña casi se percibe el terror a la muerte inminente.Saludos

Hello Erlangga,

An excellent image, caught a very interesting image of nature, nice and sharp, good composition too.


aaawwwww. Poor little spider, and it's my favorite spider the Jumping Spider too. Oh well such as it is in the animal kingdom, eat or be eaten!!!!!!

Great find, nice cpature, good focus

Awsum shot!!! The eyes of the dying spider with ur image on them look extraordinary. Grt capture. Sharply focussed and good pov.

Bonsoir Erlanga.

Terrible et cruelle scène de prédation ; mais, la nature est ainsi faite et il faut bien le montrer.

Très belle photographie, avec une excellente netteté du sujet principal. Très bon cadrage et contraste des différents plan bien adapté.

La note d'information qui accompagne la photographie est très intéressante.

Bravo pour cette photographie.

A bientôt sur treknature.


Hello Erlangga,
Amazing capture. You were in the right place at the right time.

Hi Erlangga
Truly an amazing Action Photo: really impressive. Bravo!


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