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Great white hunter

Wader spots a small fish in the shallows, and darts forward to claim its snack. It seems every small pond or puddle in Thailand is teeming with fish, frogs, or shrimps.

Great white hunter

Wader spots a small fish in the shallows, and darts forward to claim its snack. It seems every small pond or puddle in Thailand is teeming with fish, frogs, or shrimps.

comments (16)

I love this one, Ray. It is running off to my likeys in a real quick step.
Ray: I am honoured, Mary. It is not every day that one gets a Mary "gong".
Go, Birdy, go! (Okay, well, that is just a testament to how well you have captured the action here. I feel like cheering the bird on in its quest.) wink
Ray: Thanks, Karen. I had another pic, where the bird is not over-exposed but not moving...I liked the action in this one too.
This is a great shot, Ray. Beautiful capture of the bird, with a real sense of movement.
Ray: Thanks Rosalyn. An unusually obliging bird...most are very shy.
  • Tracy
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 1 Nov 2007, 07:51
Awesome capture Ray. Nice movement almost looks like its dancing.
Ray: Thanks, Tracy. These birds are elegant movers, and I feel it is appropriate to call it a dance.
Crisp !! Lovely action shot.
Ray: I appreciate your very kind comment, Shakara.
Stop rubbing it in! Nice posesmile
Ray: I spent hours getting him to hold his leg up like that. [grin]
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 1 Nov 2007, 12:43
I must have french blood because I started drooling when I read about the frogs - or was it the shrimps?

Excellent picture - the white hunter has a rosy hue - or is that your shenanigans with the software?

Have you seen that many waders have either yellow or green paws? I wonder if that is to fool the underwater creatures about what is above water.
Ray: I have started drooling a bit lately, too, Louis. In my case I think it has to do with my age, but you cannot have got to that stage yet surely. [grin]

Yes...the wader has a slight touch of the flamingo...I am guessing there is a skeleton to be uncovered in that family tree. I hardly touched the colour of this image...promise.

My Dad once told me that waders have bright coloured toes 'cos they use them as lures...they lift the front foot a little off the bottom of the pond and sort of wriggle the toes to make them look like luscious worms...then they just pick off the dopey fish that fall for the trick. Of course, my Dad was a bit of a yarn spinner, so it's entirely possble he made this story up.
  • Martin
  • United States
  • 1 Nov 2007, 13:51
Great dynamic shot! One can feel some unfortunate frog's last seconds ticking down.
Ray: Hi Martin. It is quite exciting, actually, to observe these birds in their hunt. Their strike rate is quite high. Thank you for your comment.
Wow. Going into my likeys!
Ray: Thank you Scarlet. You are very encouraging.
Wow. Going into my likeys!
Ray: Wow...a double "gong"...that is a first for me. [grin]
  • monika
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 1 Nov 2007, 19:02
Great action picture! I really like the frame too, good job!
And the birds seems to be so wonderfully white...
Ray: Thanks Monika. I think the bird is a little over-exposed, but there is enough detail in the feathers for many people to forgive me. When I grow up, and learn how to take pictures, I might be able to avoid over-exposure on brilliant white subjects.
  • Kathryn
  • Germany
  • 1 Nov 2007, 20:28
I like the wisps of feathers on his back and his intent look. He is so crisp! On my screen I can see that slight shade of flamingo framed against the great green water. Nice one, Stan.
Ray: Thanks, Elizabeth. [grin] The slight hint of flamingo was a nice surprise to me when I studied this image on the computer.
  • Kathryn
  • Germany
  • 1 Nov 2007, 20:32
Stan? Stan? Stan? Ack I think it is time for me to take my meds and go to bed. Forgive me, Ray?
Ray: Nothing to forgive. Stan may be miffed...but I am flattered!
  • Les Auld
  • Southport in the sun
  • 1 Nov 2007, 23:10
Well caught Ray, the thrill of the chase and yellow feet as well.
Ray: Thanks Les. They are beautiful animals, and wonderful to observe as they hunt. This one was easily accessable in a Bangkok downtown public park.
Bravissimo ! you're so talented !
Ray: This bird was very kind and let me creep in close for a few action shots.
In the Shutterday challenge this week I am required to enter someone else's photo. I've chosen this one from my likeys.
Here's a link. I am known as Cuidado in the rest of the blog world so that is the name in which you will find the entry.

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