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Martin Good
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6 images

First three are from a week back when the Coot was picking among the pebbles by the lakeside.
Second three are from today when a Black Kite took evasive action and was flying upside down to counter an attack by another Kite.
C&C welcome.
Thanks for looking too.
Martin





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1. Yummy

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2. Ooops, his tail goes up when its head goes down

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Getting down to it

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Apr 28, 2013 at 07:49 PM
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The Kite turned upside down as another Kite was attacking it. I left in the other bird as it came into the frames to give the perspective.



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Defensive position

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Turning back over

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Making a getaway

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Apr 28, 2013 at 07:53 PM
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That is very interesting good behaviour Martin. I've never seen anything close to that. Super shots of them. Kite images are really nice too.


Apr 28, 2013 at 08:00 PM
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Two neat sets in one Martin, and nicely captured too. I have never seen a coot eat pebbles ~ Ron


Apr 28, 2013 at 10:35 PM
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I've never seen a coot do that. It almost looks like it has poor eyesight. Nice job on these.

Mike



Apr 28, 2013 at 10:41 PM
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Really interesting...I suspect the pebbles are used to help grind seeds and the like. Nice timing on the upside down kite...reminds me of the movie Kite Runner...super movie if you haven't seen it btw.
Eric



Apr 29, 2013 at 12:50 AM
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Looks to me like the coot wasn't the only getting down to it, lovely low angles Martin! He sure is acting funny but I guess they do all sorts of things that we usually don't see. Nice job on the tricky exposures there. Super cool job on the upside down Kite I have seen what I have thought to be raptors doing that but it is always far away so I figure my eyes were playing tricks on me. Congrats on the great captures of the aerobatics Great set Martin!!!

Tim



Apr 29, 2013 at 12:53 AM
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now I have a kink in my neck Krazy Kite action Martin!

Coots, we just don't know what to do with them, you have entertained me with yours

Karl



Apr 29, 2013 at 01:57 AM
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Very interesting set Martin. Like the upside down kite ones.


Jude



Apr 29, 2013 at 02:19 AM
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Great stuff, Martin.
I've seen many birds swallowing pebbles from the dirt road at the nearest wildlife refuge- but never close enough to get an really good idea of what size they're after. These pics tell the rest of the story. Thanks for that.
The kite shots are also terrific story-telling pics. An event that I've never seen in person with any bird species. Thanks for that also.
Charlie



Apr 29, 2013 at 02:50 AM
 

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The coot seems to be going trough some contortions just to pick up a pebble A behavior hardly seen. Good job capturing it.
Great action shots the last three. I like the first of the series best: a beautiful display of the underwings
Socrate



Apr 29, 2013 at 03:06 AM
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a couple of nice sets Martin.. especially the coots


Apr 29, 2013 at 09:18 AM
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Great captures on the kite Martin,

I think I'd clone out the attacking kite and leave your acrobat alone in the frame.

Nice ones of the coot.

Paul.



Apr 29, 2013 at 06:48 PM
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Great behavior you captured . Love the coot shots especially no 3.

Birdie



Apr 29, 2013 at 06:58 PM
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Cool shots Martin, well captured one and all
David



Apr 29, 2013 at 07:37 PM
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Super catch on the kite!
Coots having some fun with you too, nice shots.

Howard



Apr 29, 2013 at 07:40 PM
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KCollett wrote:
That is very interesting good behaviour Martin. I've never seen anything close to that. Super shots of them. Kite images are really nice too.


Thanks for the nice words Ken.
Glad you liked the Coots.
Martin



Apr 29, 2013 at 09:22 PM
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surfnron wrote:
Two neat sets in one Martin, and nicely captured too. I have never seen a coot eat pebbles ~ Ron


Not sure what they were eating Ron but could have been the pebbles!
Thanks,
Martin



Apr 29, 2013 at 09:23 PM
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Two very nice sequences, Martin.
The coot is fun and kites are crazy good flyers.
Chris




Apr 29, 2013 at 09:24 PM
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Candor wrote:
I've never seen a coot do that. It almost looks like it has poor eyesight. Nice job on these.

Mike


Indeed it does Mike.
But I guess they were might choosy about what they were trying to pick up.
Thanks,
Martin



Apr 29, 2013 at 09:24 PM
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