This months theme, selected by last months winner, AJNikon, is Unusual Behavior.
From Amu, Animals like humans have normal and predictable behavior, most of the time, but certainly not always and sometimes they surprise us. For this contest please show pictures of animals behaving outside of what is normal or expected for the species or the location. Captive subject welcome.
From Amu, Snake Charmer
RULES: --Post up to 7 images but only one image/post --Include shooting info so we can learn from each other --Previously posted images are welcome - but not previous contest winners --When posting please do so by hitting the reply link below this top post, not the reply link to another post. --Include a title in the subject line --Capture must be shot with a Nikon camera and any lens --Comments are welcome but NO public critiquing, i.e., how to make it better. This is a contest so PM's are a better way to offer feedback --WARNING posts that do not meet the spirit of the challenge cannot qualify as finalists, and may or may not be removed by the moderators
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#45. "RE: Eddie and Slim BFF" In response to Reply # 24
Thanks they were my daughter's pets. The dog died of old age last year and the cat was a feral cat that ran off one night and was never seen again. The cat loved to rub up against the dog and they seemed close to each other. Under the circumstances I am glad I got this image.
Photosage Bellingham, WA, US Nikonian since 12th Sep 2009
Fri 19-Jul-13 04:09 AM
#31. "Unusual Bald Eagle Behavior" In response to Reply # 0 Fri 19-Jul-13 04:21 AM by Photosage
The accompanying photograph shows three Bald Eagles in a single nest. I observed these for quite some time one spring as they did housekeeping on the nest. All three were involved, from bringing material in, to arranging (and rearranging) it. At times all three would be in the nest, at other times one, two, or all three would be on branches in the nest tree. They seemed to get along very well, at one time two even mated while the other one was perched on a nearby branch. I found this all very puzzling because, of course, eagle pairs become very territorial when nesting. Mark Stalmaster in his book, The Bald Eagle, states that: "Although rare, three eagles have been known to form 'trio bonds'. The purpose and significance of this menage a trois have not been determined."
massulo Tampa/Lutz, US Nikonian since 07th May 2002
Fri 19-Jul-13 08:07 PM
#33. "RE: July Contest - Unusual Behavior" In response to Reply # 0 Fri 19-Jul-13 08:07 PM by massulo
Screw Driver Bird
A new species of bird- we saw this guy trying to turn the screw with his beak Did not know if it was a flat head or Phillips variety lol As you see he was able to open the lower Screw............ D300 Tamron 18-270VC Taken in Dominica
Preston-(The Tampa Nikonian)..D610
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#40. "RE: My what a big tongue you have" In response to Reply # 39
Thanks Kathie. I had the same reaction, when I looked at the pics during post. I was struggling with the TC's slow auto-focus getting a sharp pic of the bird while moving. Life got better when it stopped moving, lol.
Full disclosure: the starling had expired. I'm not sure if this really fits the criteria, but I thought I'd post it anyway. When I first saw this it took me a few minutes to get my head wrapped around what was going on. You don't see this every day.
slopoki1 Homestead, US Nikonian since 13th Jun 2012
Thu 25-Jul-13 12:48 AM
#42. "Osprey With palm frond" In response to Reply # 0 Thu 25-Jul-13 02:52 PM by slopoki1
This Osprey is trying to impress it's mate by flying all kinds of stuff to where the new nest will be built if she agrees. She did a week later and nest building was under way. D300 w 300/4 afs and tc-14e f5.6@1/1600sec, iso 320
#46. "Gow worm on front stairs" In response to Reply # 0
We do have them some nights in summer when it's hot, but usually they stay in the grass, not on the front stairs...
D700, Tamron 90/2.8, ISO 3200, f/8, 1/3. "Slow rear" on-board flash, -2.0 EV, MC-30 remote control. Manfrotto tripod with center column (and camera) inverted - go shooting in LiveView with all your commands inverted
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#51. "Whooper swans @ foreplay 1" In response to Reply # 0
Whooper swans @ foreplay 1
D800E, Sigma 50-500mm@500mm, 1/800s, f/10, ISO800, cropped to about 3.5Mp
Not only is the males courtship maneuver unusual, but so is the timing. In Finland, nymphaeas bloom in late July or August (this was August 5th). Mating as late as that cannot have any reproductive function.
#54. "Ospreys nesting on navigational mark" In response to Reply # 0
Ospreys nesting on navigational mark
Not only have they chosen an edge-of-fairway mark as the tree for their nest, but they have completely buried the light that gives 9 flashes every 30 seconds. (9 occupies the same position on a clock face as west does on the compass, to remind skippers that this mark has to be passed by the west side.) Weve followed this family for several years, and in 2010 the lamp was still as high as the juvenile ospreys.
D800E, Sigma 50-500mm@460mm, 1/2000s, f/10, ISO640. Reason for the high shutter speed: shot hand-held from a sailboat in good breeze, with some swell.