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Air fights

Posted by
L'explorateur (Vancouver, Canada) on 7 January 2011 in Animal & Insect and Portfolio.

Bora Bora. This time we went to the south part of Bora Bora looking for stingrays. Local people bring tourists there with a boat and then attract the stingrays by throwing fish to the water. Of course, birds are also very interested! Having met many stingrays the week before, this time I pointed my camera up to the air. The black one is probably a Lesser Frigatebird, very common in the Australian seas too.

This image is a crop of the original. :)

NIKON D90 1/500 second F/11.0 ISO 200 157 mm (35mm equiv.)

rajeev from kannur, kerala, India

great !!!!!!!!

7 Jan 2011 5:57am

@rajeev: Thanks Rajeev! :)

GJC from Kyoto (京都), Japan

An amazing moment you captured. You had to be very fast!

7 Jan 2011 12:10pm

@GJC: Hi GJC, everything happened so quickly! Thanks for passing by. :)

Franz from Baden, Austria

super capture! "when two quarrel, the third rejoices" - just look at the albatros!

7 Jan 2011 12:27pm

@Franz: Hi Franz! That's right! In this case the seagull on top was flying away with the catch, when the second seagull came from behind and grabbed the food! They fought for a few seconds and at the end the bottom seagull won! About the black bird, I am happy that we disagree, so we can discuss! :P I thought it was a Lesser Frigatebird, with its red sack on the front of the throat. Do you think it's an Albatross? Thanks a lot for your comment!

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

wow.. what a super catch ! Bravo !

7 Jan 2011 1:40pm


k@ from Paris, France

Oh la pêche miraculeuse (je parle de la tienne) bravo !

7 Jan 2011 5:30pm

@k@: Hi k@! Exactly "une pêche miraculeuse"! I was very lucky :)

Franz from Baden, Austria

i stand corrected - it is a frigatebird, of course!

7 Jan 2011 8:39pm

@Franz: Hey Franz! Good that we agree! I am not an expert and I wanted your opinion. Thanks!

mimicy from Bordeaux, France

Impressionnant ... une photo très intéressante .... compliments

7 Jan 2011 9:30pm

@mimicy: Merci bien, Mimicy! :)

JCJ from Troyes, France

big picture! great timing : )

7 Jan 2011 9:57pm

@JCJ: I am very happy that you like it, JCJ! Thanks.

Demo from Villeneuve d, France

Wow! amazing capture! great action shot!
fantastic timing:)

7 Jan 2011 10:07pm

@Demo: Thanks for the great comment, Demo!

Laura from Villa d'Alme', Italy

6 troppo avanti fratello!!!ahahah

10 Jan 2011 4:47pm

@Laura: Grazie sorella! Un bacio :)

Eric from Narbonne, France

woow, wonderfull ;o)
it s a bit sad for the crop because we lose a bit of quality, but it s still a great picture :o)

10 Jan 2011 8:43pm

@Eric: Thanks Eric! The right half of the image was actually empty. That's why I cropped it.

✿ Anina ✿ from Auckland, New Zealand

WOW! What an amazing shot! superb timing and "catch" :)

12 Jan 2011 9:01pm

@✿ Anina ✿: Hi Anina, everybody was looking down at the stingrays and I had my camera pointed up to the air, eh eh! They were really fighting all time there!

Veronique from Sarrouilles, France

quelle agilité et précision dans le vol

21 Jan 2011 8:26am

1/500 second
ISO 200
157 mm (35mm equiv.)