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When your food fights back - figuratively and literally

  
 
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One of the 2 female hooded mergansers that hunted together for crayfish caught a sizable prey. In the beginning she seemed to handle the prey fairly well but she made a mistake by not grabbing the pinchers of the crayfish properly. Judging by the smaller size, she was maybe a little inexperience in subduing her prey.

During the struggle, the crayfish was able to pinch deep in the front area and stunned by the pain, the merganser made another mistake by releasing the crayfish completely. Determined for retaliation or more for survival, the crayfish tried to get on the back of the merganser. And it did succeed for a brief moment, seemingly it was ready to draw blood, by targeting the eye or eyes of the merganser. Panic-stricken, the merganser could just swim around in circle but luckily, the commotion attracted her nearby hunting buddy that rushed to help. Two against one... The second merganser was able to break the crayfish loose from the back of her buddy. Too bad most actions happened under water until the second merganser emerge victoriously, grabbing the crayfish at more strategic parts. After both pinchers were broken off, the crayfish met its fate…

I took 800+ hundred images of this life and death struggle. Alas, I had to condense it to 12 images...

Thank you for stopping by and please feel free to leave any feedback,
Joshua



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#1 - Got it!

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#2 - Ouch, look at those threatening pincher and the right one pinched the merganser already

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#3 - Tried to climb on the back

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#4 - Panic-stricken face...

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#5 - Buddy to the rescue





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# 6 - Two against one...

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#7 - The effective way to grab your food with minimal risk of getting pinched

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#8 - How to break-off the pincher leg and activate the spin cycle

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#9 - Begging for mercy to no avail...

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#10 - Getting it ready

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#11 - The last time the crayfish saw daylight...

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#12 - Down the hatch!

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Mar 05, 2022 at 02:06 PM
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What an amazing series, Joshua.

Definitely a hard won meal!

George



Mar 05, 2022 at 02:11 PM
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Joshua, these are amazing...just amazing. Voted.

Tom



Mar 05, 2022 at 02:25 PM
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George Welch wrote:
What an amazing series, Joshua.

Definitely a hard won meal!

George


Thank you very much, George!



Mar 05, 2022 at 02:36 PM
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Tom In Arizona wrote:
Joshua, these are amazing...just amazing. Voted.

Tom


Thank you very much 2X, Tom!



Mar 05, 2022 at 02:36 PM
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Joshua,

What an incredible sequence. Images are stunning as always, but I really liked the story. Great job ! YGMV.

Greg



Mar 05, 2022 at 02:40 PM
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G.E. Smith wrote:
Joshua,

What an incredible sequence. Images are stunning as always, but I really liked the story. Great job ! YGMV.

Greg


Thank you very much 2X, Greg!



Mar 05, 2022 at 02:50 PM
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Great work here. I would have probably set down the camera to watch. Way to stay focused!


Mar 05, 2022 at 03:27 PM
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Incredible images Joshua, absolutely great work behind the camera to have gotten these type images. Also, enjoy your narrative on this series very much.


Mar 05, 2022 at 03:33 PM
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Fantastic Joshua. Excellent storytelling and great images !
Gary



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Wow oh wow !!!! What an extraordinary set and sequence!!!

Birdie



Mar 05, 2022 at 04:05 PM
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Superb sequence, Joshua!


Mar 05, 2022 at 04:24 PM
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mrwrenn wrote:
Great work here. I would have probably set down the camera to watch. Way to stay focused!


Thank you very much, mrwrenn! Luckily, I had my camera on the tripod with the legs splayed out. Since I used the monitor to follow the action I could from time to time lift my head and looked at the actual scene.



louie champan wrote:
Incredible images Joshua, absolutely great work behind the camera to have gotten these type images. Also, enjoy your narrative on this series very much.


I appreciate your kind words, Louie! It has more to do with luck, being there at the right location and the right timing.



Mar 05, 2022 at 04:32 PM
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Exemplary sequence. Thanks for sharing it.

Interesting that the crayfish chose fight over flight when it had the chance to escape.

Its last thought: "Nobody told me this was a tag-team match!"




Mar 05, 2022 at 05:52 PM
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Abosuletely gorgeous set Joshua!


Mar 05, 2022 at 06:39 PM
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sum1sgrampa wrote:
Fantastic Joshua. Excellent storytelling and great images !
Gary


Thank you very much, Gary! That happened after Luz left 5-10 minutes earlier, remember?



birdied wrote:
Wow oh wow !!!! What an extraordinary set and sequence!!!

Birdie


I always appreciate your kind comment, Birdie!

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Mar 05, 2022 at 07:48 PM
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Great series! Had to be amazing to watch!!



Mar 05, 2022 at 07:58 PM
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Incredible sequence. If that don't tell the story... Beautifully shot and presented. Voted

John



Mar 05, 2022 at 08:32 PM
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AGeoJO wrote:
One of the 2 female hooded mergansers that hunted together for crayfish caught a sizable prey. In the beginning she seemed to handle the prey fairly well but she made a mistake by not grabbing the pinchers of the crayfish properly. Judging by the smaller size, she was maybe a little inexperience in subduing her prey.

During the struggle, the crayfish was able to pinch deep in the front area and stunned by the pain, the merganser made another mistake by releasing the crayfish completely. Determined for retaliation or more for survival, the crayfish tried to get on the back
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Wow these capture are amazing Joshua! Voted



Mar 05, 2022 at 09:28 PM
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