Defending the Catch

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Harold Fleming

A very nice exposure, Aaron! The second bird tells a story.

Aaron Todd

Thank you, Harold!

This merganser surfaced from a dive with a black crappie twisting its serrated bill. It then paddled quickly away from another merganser who was swooping in to try to steal the fish. If a merganser emerges from a dive and immediately starts scooting and splashing across the surface, it very likely has a fish and that’s where I’ll point my lens. Shot wide open on a 400mm f/2.8 Nikkor lens at 1/2500 second, Wellington County, Ontario.
Taken By
Aaron Todd
Taken On
September 9, 2021
merganser duck waterfowl behaviour predation crappie fish lake splash bird animal
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