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Old Jul 8, 2005, 8:13 PM   #1
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I haven't had good light in two weeks, and Tuesday was no exception. But at least it was clear. From time to time the sun would make a pathetic effort to break through, and one of those times was this shoot.

The below were shot at 80 to 200. When the Heron took to flight, I was able to go up to 400.

I missed the actual strike. I missed it because a Great Egret, about 200 feet away. also took a muskrat...

I will post that series later

Spotting the game.

[img]www.davidbarkinphotography.com/Temp/BLMUSK1.JPG[/img]

[img]www.davidbarkinphotography.com/Temp/BLMUSK2.JPG[/img]

After the strike

[img]www.davidbarkinphotography.com/Temp/BLMUSK3.JPG[/img]

Close crop of the above

[img]www.davidbarkinphotography.com/Temp/BLMUSK3A.JPG[/img]

[img]www.davidbarkinphotography.com/Temp/BLMUSK4.JPG[/img]


Close crop of the above

[img]www.davidbarkinphotography.com/Temp/BLMUSK4A.JPG[/img]

Time to feed the kids.

[img]www.davidbarkinphotography.com/Temp/BLMUSK5.JPG[/img]

[img]www.davidbarkinphotography.com/Temp/BLMUSK6.JPG[/img]

Close crop of the above

[img]www.davidbarkinphotography.com/Temp/BLMUSK6A.JPG[/img]

I really like Muskrats, adults, babies, whatever. and this marsh abounds in them. But I never see them. Unfortunately, others do.

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Old Jul 8, 2005, 8:27 PM   #2
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Amazing pictures. Had never seen a baby muskrat before.Always thought Herons ate fish and frogs. Great pictures. Old Joe
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Old Jul 8, 2005, 8:28 PM   #3
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Great series Dave. You were at the right place at the right time and you really took advantage of it with some very good captures. Looking forward to the next one.

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Old Jul 8, 2005, 8:38 PM   #4
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Both of these series leave me depressed. But then again, the Heron has more rights to the Muskrat then some fur department selling coats....

It would be kind of hypocritical to interfere here - Where the muskrat is going to be used to raise babies, and not say anything about turning the little guy into a coat...

Oddly enough, this series left me feeling pretty stupid. I KNOW that they eat rats and mice, but for years I've been watching them on the edge of the ponds, in the grass at low tide, wondering what they were doing, when all the fish were in the water.

There's also a peculiar beetle, about an inch and a half long that comes out at low tide and actually acts sentient. Scuttles around, sees the photographer and heads for their burrows, which they seal up when the water comes back. I've never been able to photograph them - and they are really weird and quite numerous.

I've always thought the Herons were after them.

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Old Jul 8, 2005, 8:54 PM   #5
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dave, you got a great real life nature sequence there!!! i kind of like adult muskrats too. where i frequent they sometimes don't notice me and i can get a decent shot. most of the time they get spooked and dive under the water. as for feeling bad about the baby getting taken by the heron, well, it's just part of the food chain thing. i don't like to see any animals killed (except pests) by us or by predators but, that's just part of nature. in any case, it's a really nice sequence!!!

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great shots, but I still feel sorry for that poor little thing:sad:
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Great sequence of nature in action!
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