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jkochuni wrote:
Sharp macros! Glad I'm not an insect.


Me too! Thanks J



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surgemaster wrote:
Thank you for posting this natural drama, Ken. Well done. I had been waiting for this.
Rex


I truly hope you enjoyed the set Rex. Thanks for taking the time to comment.



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waldr_p wrote:
Good post Ken, always good to be reminded that the predator often becomes something else's prey!

Paul.


Thanks for stopping in Paul!



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Tim Kuhn wrote:
Excellent post Ken, these are marvelous!! I have seen dragonflies hunting and eating many times but I don't think I have seen the opposite. Not only is this very well documented it is expertly photographed. Kudos to you

Tim


Thank you for the very kind words Tim. I very much appreciate them.



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louie champan wrote:
Excellent documentary, NG stuff here.


Many thanks Louie!!



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surfnron wrote:
Wow Ken. This is a great action set and it tells a story most find horrifying. ~ Ron


I appreciate you taking the time to view and comment Ron. Thank you kindly.



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Herb Houghton wrote:
Excellent macro work Ken


Thanks for the kind words Herb.



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Callisto wrote:
Nature sure has it's violent struggles. Amazing shots.


Thank you for the feedback Callisto. Appreciated.



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dalite wrote:
Well done.


Beer is good. Thank you!!



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ScottHM wrote:
Very nice Ken...certainly a different take on most of the DF pictures we see...and as a fan of the eight legged critters I liked it quite a bit.


Thank you very much Scott. I greatly appreciate you feedback. Good to know you're partial to spiders too.



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thomas_1950 wrote:
Cool captures Ken. Nice work!


Many thanks Thomas!!



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teked wrote:
Terrific sequence, Ken. Bet that kept the spider well fed for a few days.

Ed


Wasn't able to hang around to see how long the carcass stayed in the web, but that is an interesting thought. Bet it was a couple or three days. Thanks for commenting Ed. Appreciated.



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Charlie Shugart wrote:
Ken,
Add my kudos to the others.
This is a marvelous set of images that- together with your excellent narration, tells an interesting and educational story. The kind of story that might happen hundreds of times a day in nature, but never be seen by most of us- ever- much less photographing it so well.
I was a teacher at Palomar School Camp (near San Diego) many years ago, and we had a small pond 200 feet from the cabins. One of our study activities was to take small groups of our week-long 6th-grade visitors down to study pond life. Among the
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Many thanks for the many words Charlie. I really appreciate the positive feedback, and your story. Interesting reading. I know about the larvae. They will eat anything that comes close enough to grab. Small fish included. This spider did not hesitate to pounce as soon as the dragon hit the net (drag-on net, sounds like a show title form the 60's). They seem to have a knack for hitting the soft spot right away. A little injection, then maybe back off for a bit, then head in for more fang work. I think they base some decisions based on how active and how strong the captive is (sensed via vibrations I'm sure). It is neat to watch the behaviour of these big spiders. I enjoy heading out each summer to get a few shots.



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Charlie Shugart wrote:
Ken,
Add my kudos to the others.
This is a marvelous set of images that- together with your excellent narration, tells an interesting and educational story. The kind of story that might happen hundreds of times a day in nature, but never be seen by most of us- ever- much less photographing it so well.
I was a teacher at Palomar School Camp (near San Diego) many years ago, and we had a small pond 200 feet from the cabins. One of our study activities was to take small groups of our week-long 6th-grade visitors down to study pond life. Among the
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Many thanks for the many words Charlie. I really appreciate the positive feedback, and your story. Interesting reading. I know about the larvae. They will eat anything that comes close enough to grab. Small fish included. This spider did not hesitate to pounce as soon as the dragon hit the net (drag-on net, sounds like a show title form the 60's). They seem to have a knack for hitting the soft spot right away. A little injection, then maybe back off for a bit, then head in for more fang work. I think they base some decisions based on how active and how strong the captive is (sensed via vibrations I'm sure). It is neat to watch the behaviour of these big spiders. I enjoy heading out each summer to get a few shots.



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nice stuff Ken., on macro, I get really interested in the techs, wish u could have posted them., up 2 u of course.


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My comment is; now I will have nightmares!! Great action set and who knew the spider would take a "hawk". Wow!! Don


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raymondjbarlow wrote:
nice stuff Ken., on macro, I get really interested in the techs, wish u could have posted them., up 2 u of course.


Thank you very much Raymond. There was a bit of variation in the technicals. All were taken with a 100mm L series macro on a 7D. The last was f11, 1/200, ISO 400. The other three were at 800 ISO, with a shutter speed of 1/320 or 1/400 and f-stop of f4 - f5.



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DonGut wrote:
My comment is; now I will have nightmares!! Great action set and who knew the spider would take a "hawk". Wow!! Don


Thanks for stopping in Don. Much appreciated! Sleep tight.



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