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An awkward choice of lunch!
29.8.11 Chris Spracklen

An awkward choice of lunch!

Sidmouth, Devon

I'm sure this crab would have made an excellent snack, if only the juvenile gull could have found a way to swallow it! But the crab's defence was resolute, turning this way and that, making it nigh on impossible for the gull to get it down!
I didn't have time to see the battle out, but methinks the brave little crab might have got away with it and lived to see another day!

Nikon D7000 ,Nikkor 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6D ED VR AF
1/2500s f/5.6 at 400.0mm iso400 full exif

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Tom LeRoy18-Nov-2011 08:05
Fantastic shot, love the story about the crab. Nice one! V.
shatterbug17-Nov-2011 08:34
Excellent closeup...too bad you didn't see who won this battle! :-)
Mike H.04-Oct-2011 01:34
Agree, neatly captured and told, Chris!
Jean D13-Sep-2011 16:28
Excellent catch for both of you, Chris. ~V
Paolo Peggi (aka Bracciodiferro)13-Sep-2011 12:04
Amazing Picture! BV
dane13-Sep-2011 10:00
nicely chronicled. v
shatterbug13-Sep-2011 09:34
Yes, I have to fight with my crab lunch sometimes too :-) Great timing!
lou_rozensteins12-Sep-2011 23:17
Great details. Well done.
Marina Arimany12-Sep-2011 21:33
Excellent capture!
Patricia Kay12-Sep-2011 20:05
Perfect timing for this excellent shot Chris...BV
Colin Storey12-Sep-2011 19:29
Very well captured image of this battle of wits. v
Zoltán Balogh12-Sep-2011 17:38
Superb bird-portrait Chris! V
Nestor12-Sep-2011 15:32
Illumination compliment this wild life scene.
A learning curve for the gull as is the learning curve we face in life.
A very nice image, with nice detail , excellence within the borders of your presentation frame.
Gérard Koehl12-Sep-2011 15:29
Excellente prise. V
Walter O. Koenig12-Sep-2011 15:25
A great eye and serendipitous timing to get this shot Chris. Very sharp details and a fine background as well. "V"
Mildred Alpern12-Sep-2011 15:22
So what are we left with here in an image where the light intensifies the gold and black of struggling claws and the mottled gray and white of soft-touch feathers? I know:
"When an irresistible force such as you, meets an old immovable object like me, You can bet just as sure as you live, Something's gotta give.....something's gotta give..."
Sofia Solomennikova12-Sep-2011 15:17
hahahhah the legendary self-saved crab! V
Santi Bravo Figueras12-Sep-2011 15:13
Wow! Superb capture.
Ken Chambers ARPS12-Sep-2011 14:33
There are always Winners & Losers, may the best man win.....
globalgadabout12-Sep-2011 14:16
a visceral's hoping for the little guy..
soulis12-Sep-2011 14:15
Great! V.
Stephanie12-Sep-2011 13:58
What a cute capture! Love the story too! Hopefully mom & dad gull were close-by to feed their loser offspring! lol! :)
Randy Adams12-Sep-2011 13:36
Great catch Chris! and great story!
PauloCGama12-Sep-2011 13:27
Perfectly captured my friend!!
Jim Coffman12-Sep-2011 13:09
Superbly captured,Chris!
Tomasz Dziubinski - Photography12-Sep-2011 12:56
Excellent shot, Vote.
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