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Predators and scavengers...
Posted By: Tom Lusk, 04-12-2008, 08:13 AM

It was a hard winter on the whitetail deer population in my "neighborhood". It made for some interesting photo ops. though.

A couple of shots of a fox digging in on a fresh kill. I don't think chewing through the hair agreed with him:





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Great shots, I especially like the bald eagle, stunning capture.
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Great series. Great exposures with the backlight in some. The Fox shots are great and the last Vulture shot as well. Except for the ugly head they are quite magnificent looking birds and very important to complete the 'cleanup cycle'. Great shot of the wings outstretched.
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Wow again. How do you get them to look at the camera ? Excellent action , focus, shots, pictures. I am humbled, well done.

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Great series you have there. Second wolf shot, eagle shot and last vulture shot are favourites.
Nice series showing the "food chain" in a way.

Thanks
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OMG, these are truly great photos!
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Tom, I knew when I opened this thread I wouldn't be disappointed. I WASN'T.

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One work for these Tom....WOW. The first one of the fox with the hair in it's mouth is amazing, but the one of the Eagle is the winner hands down. The intense stare, and the verbal waring says to stay back.
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last one is amazing.
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Another amazing series. So much wild life shots filled with drama!

You are also photographying the world we are living in. Being a softie is not a good idea.
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Amazing photos Tom!
Thanks for sharing.

I was wondering, how do you get into the position to make these photos?
Guess it takes a lot of time in spending in the Canadian nature as well.

Great shots. I wish I could do something like that.

- Bert
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Tom Lusk, your pictures even make a vulture look good
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Wow! Love the fox and eagle shots especially.
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Great shots.

Nice shots Tom.. The quality of your shots is always spot on...

I had to laugh at #1 thougth.. it looks like the poor fox is coughing up a hair ball... LOL

good capture!!!!

Thanks for sharin.. Kim
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Thanks, everyone!

Thanks for all the feedback.

Although these shots show nature in action, I'm always concerned someone will be "grossed out" by this type of photos.

The very night before the day the ice melted away, the last couple of morsels were taken away, likely by coyotes.

Bert- I'm fortunate that I live in a wildlife rich area. As I'm typing this I can look out my window and see herons and ospreys fly by and there are several species of ducks feeding within 200 yards of my house. I never go anywhere without my camera, and it pays off.
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