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dda53 Gold Member Nikonian since 31st Oct 2008Fri 17-May-13 02:46 AM
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"Bird Hunter"


Pasadena, US
          

Had a chance to get back to Laffitte’s Cove in Galveston, Texas the last part of April. Really wanted to see some more neotropical migrants. Before I got there the Bird Hunter was already in place. The first photo was his second catch. Just a feather left as he got that one down pretty fast. After making two other misses (I don’t know how he missed with lightning strikes) he did something real odd. He had some type of plant or algae growth on his head. Perhaps this was causing the misses by slowing him down. He raised high into the air and then slapped himself down hard into the water. I believe this cleared all the growth off his head. One smart snake. The next strike was on target as the rest of the pictures show. It’s hard to imagine flying non-stop for about 18 hours from South America. All they want is some food and water and maybe take a bath before their next leg north. In an instant, it’s over. Every time a bird came close to the snake the birders and photographers yelled trying to scare the bird away. Nature is Nature.

Nikon D4, Nikon 500mm, f/5.6, 1/500, ISO 1600




Nikon D4, Nikon 500mm, f/5.6, 1/500, ISO 1250




Nikon D4, Nikon 500mm, f/5.6, 1/500, ISO 1250





Nikon D4, Nikon 500mm, f/5.6, 1/800, ISO 1250





Nikon D4, Nikon 500mm, f/5.6, 1/640, ISO 1250




Nikon D4, Nikon 500mm, f/5.6, 1/500, ISO 1250




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Jim Pearce Silver Member Nikonian since 02nd Mar 2004Fri 17-May-13 03:20 AM
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Grimsby, CA
          

This is amazing David. I've heard of black snakes hunting birds - even in trees. What kind of snake is this?

Jim

  

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dda53 Gold Member Nikonian since 31st Oct 2008Fri 17-May-13 11:53 AM
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Pasadena, US
          

Jim, this is a water moccasin ( cotton mouth ). Highly dangerous and in my experience aggressive. I always give it a wide birth.

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Jim Pearce Silver Member Nikonian since 02nd Mar 2004Fri 17-May-13 06:47 PM
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Grimsby, CA
          

Many years ago my wife got too close to one at Sanibel Island and was very lucky to avoid the strike. I was amazed at the size of the damned thing!

Jim

  

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kodiak photo Silver Member Nikonian since 28th Feb 2013Fri 17-May-13 06:45 AM
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Montréal, (Qc), CA
          

Nature is Nature.

*Hi David

Dramatic sequence! …shiveringly dramatic!

The strategy of Mother Nature is to control
a species through the diversity of species!

Always dramatic when seen from the
perspective of the one going in head first!

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cockers Silver Member Nikonian since 25th May 2006Fri 17-May-13 09:23 AM
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Plover, US
          

Wow - very interesting set David!

Al

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rb4good Silver Member Nikonian since 22nd May 2006Fri 17-May-13 09:45 AM
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Rocky Hill, US
          

Fantastic series of images David.

Rick

  

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mnbuilder49 Moderator Awarded for his high level skills in various areas, especially in Interiors Architecture, Landscape and HDR Photography Nikonian since 18th Apr 2006Sat 18-May-13 12:52 PM
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Lakeville, US
          

Very nice series. That D4 produces amazingly clean images at iso 1600.

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dda53 Gold Member Nikonian since 31st Oct 2008Sat 18-May-13 03:45 PM
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Pasadena, US
          

Every since going to the D4 I am just blown away. I never would have done this with the D300s ISO. The D300s is a camera I truly enjoyed but after having Nikon PM the camera I haven't even taken a shot. I will use it as a back up now.

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Snapshott Silver Member Nikonian since 01st Sep 2007Sun 19-May-13 02:13 AM
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Richmond, US
          

Nice series. I like #3 the best

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