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Rough from the Start
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Rough from the Start
Rough from the Start
D90 Sigma 50-500@500mm F6.3 SS1/2000 ISO800
w/Mono Pod

Taken at the height of the breeding season. The majority of the Gr. Whites nesting around the Gatorland Main Lagoon start w/3 eggs. Not very many see all 3 fledge. The Runt usually gets shut out and starves or is killed outright by its sibling
Sometimes the strongest chick w/simply force the weaker chick(s) out of the nest & they become Gator snacks.
A week after this was taken this nest was down to just ONE BIG STRONG CHICK !!!!
ONLY THE STRONG SURVIVE IN NATURE .

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Gord MacEachern
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    A face that only a mother could love, lol..
Fantastic nature capture and info Jack!!

7/18/2012 4:10:05 AM

 
Carolyn  M. Fletcher
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Great shot.Sad that they have such short little lives.

7/18/2012 4:22:14 AM

 
Karen E. Michaels
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Darwinism..
Excellent study, Jack.

7/18/2012 4:30:23 AM

 
Tammy M. Anderson
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Fabulous info and capture. Excellent details. Surely not the most handsome little birds.

7/18/2012 4:38:41 AM

 
Lynn M. Whitt
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Fantastic capture of these little ones.

7/18/2012 4:48:03 AM

 
Bobby Ray Goodman
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Sure are some cuties my friend.Excellent capture Jack.I agree with Gord,a face only a mother could love!!!!!

7/18/2012 5:14:59 AM

 
Monnie Ryan
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Adorable capture - too bad they all can't make it, but such is the nature of things!

7/18/2012 5:22:47 AM

 
Jeff W. Robinson
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A great wildlife capture Jack!!

7/18/2012 6:42:55 AM

 
Stefania Barbier
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ahwwww!!!! fantastic title for this adorable capture!

7/18/2012 7:00:47 AM

 
Karen Bacon
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wonderful wildlife capture Jack! They are Cute!!

7/18/2012 8:27:31 AM

 
Jill Odice
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What odd looking little birds :-) A wonderful capture jack!

7/18/2012 8:47:04 AM

 
Agnes Fegan
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Super capture. They look how I feel in this heat lol! Happily awaiting the rain too!

7/18/2012 9:24:43 AM

 
Tiia Vissak
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a cool scene!

7/18/2012 10:20:14 AM

 
Ann H. Belus
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Amazing capture, Jack! How lucky to be able to watch this fantastic part of nature!

7/18/2012 10:25:38 AM

 
Mike Clime
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Fantastic capture, colors and details, Jack! Have to agree that only their Mother could like those faces! PS - Don't know about the Templar shield as they were more of a cross.

7/18/2012 10:37:08 AM

 
J Vissak
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Great shot! Absolutely beautiful.

7/18/2012 10:50:09 AM

 
Linda M. Walker
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Very cool....thanks for sharing

7/18/2012 11:04:46 AM

 
Hendrik Storme
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Wonderful image!!!

7/18/2012 12:27:25 PM

 
Ann Coates
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Seems to be tough for all species of birds, you see a mother duck with nine ducklings and a week later she is down to two or three. A gorgeous shot of them Jack.

7/18/2012 12:36:00 PM

 
Claudia Kuhn
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What a wonderful close up Jack... they looks so funky at that young age. A harsh reality of the struggles to survive in the world

7/18/2012 2:11:17 PM

 
Terry Cervi
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Oh, how cute they are!! What a great shot, Jack! Nicely done!

7/18/2012 3:11:23 PM

 
John Connolly
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A perfect title for this sad saga Jack! A wonderful capture of life in the raw!

7/18/2012 3:39:13 PM

 
Jeffrey R. Bange
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Great capture Jack, its hard to believe what this little guys turn into.

7/18/2012 8:39:40 PM

 
Robert K. Bemus
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Great shot and info, Jack!!

My brother would've kicked me out of the nest if he could've. He grew to be 6'3'' and me only 6'0'' :-)
Lens repair will be about $350-- I guess that's better than the price of a new Canon 600mm...

7/18/2012 11:42:22 PM

 
Barbara Waldoch
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Such a rough life and they look so cute!

7/18/2012 11:57:18 PM

 
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What a TERRIFIC find and capture,Jack!! LOVE it!!

7/19/2012 1:20:33 AM

 
Avril Young
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outstanding capture Jack...the detail is wonderful...they look rather ugly ;)nature is cruel sometimes..

7/19/2012 1:47:05 AM

 
Mary K. Robison
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Oh, hell, I saw this one and your description after writing about your most recent photograph, Jack. Only the strong survive, indeed...

7/19/2012 8:39:23 AM

 
Mike F. Anderson
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Great close-up and detail, Jack!

8/4/2012 11:54:49 AM

 
Graeme Chow
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Congratulations ! Jack. Good finalist.

8/28/2012 11:01:50 PM

 
Kathy Salerni
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Congratulations on your well deserved Finalist and good luck in the next round, Jack!

8/28/2012 11:30:28 PM

 
Ann Coates
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Congratulations Jack, excellent shot.

8/29/2012 2:50:10 AM

 
Stefania Barbier
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congratulations on your beautiful finalist!!!

8/29/2012 5:20:46 AM

 
Leslie J. Morris
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Congratulations on the finalist Jack! Have enjoyed this series. Good luck in next round.

8/29/2012 6:05:44 AM

 
Bobby Ray Goodman
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WTG Jack,Big Congratulations on this beautiful finalist my friend!!!

8/29/2012 7:38:42 AM

 
Emile Abbott
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HUGE TEXAS CONGRATULATION ON YOUR FINALIST, JACK. Diamonds in the rough.

8/29/2012 8:20:31 AM

 
Nancy L. Green
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No one has ever said nature is kind!!! AMAZING image and story Jack, CONGRATULATIONS!!! <><

8/29/2012 9:16:44 AM

 
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What an awesome capture, Jack! Congratulations, and good luck in the GOLD round!

8/29/2012 10:35:29 AM

 
John Connolly
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Congratulations on another finalist award Jack! That lens produces some remarkable work!

8/29/2012 1:02:05 PM

 
Deborah C. Lewinson
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Superb image, Jack! Hardy congrats on another wonderful finalist!

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8/29/2012 2:28:08 PM

 
Agnes Fegan
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Congrats Jack ... terrific Finalist image!

8/29/2012 2:57:55 PM

 
Lorna Shutter
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Woo Hoo!!! CONGRATULATIONS on your Finalist Award for this incredible Wildlife capture, Jack!!!!! Good luck in the next round!!! :)
Wow!!! CONGRATULATIONS on your 2 SUPERB Finalists this month, Kiki!!!!! WTG!!! Good luck in the next round, gf!!! :)
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8/29/2012 5:43:22 PM

 
Lorna Shutter
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Sorry, Jack! I keep doing this ... copying and pasting too much when I just want the dancer! Please ignore the comment to Kiki! :)

8/29/2012 5:44:38 PM

 
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Congratulations on another outstanding finalist Jack!

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8/29/2012 6:08:58 PM

 
Patrick Rouzes
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CONGRATS & good luck, Jack! AMAZING!

8/29/2012 7:21:41 PM

 
Mike F. Anderson
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Congratulations Jack, it's a great shot!

8/29/2012 7:41:59 PM

 
frank w. degenhardt
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A Nat Geo look. Congratulations on the Finalist my friend.

8/30/2012 3:25:29 AM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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Congratulations, Jack! Terrific capture, especially as it no longer exists!

8/30/2012 8:06:37 AM

 
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Super duper capture , and huge congrats with this awesome finalist, Jack!!!

8/30/2012 7:55:10 PM

 
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So very true!! AWESOME capture and excellent finalist! Congratulations Jack!

8/31/2012 2:51:23 AM

 
Patricia Seidler
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Congratulations Jack! What a rare capture!

8/31/2012 7:22:47 AM

 
Derek D. Dafoe
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Congrats buddy on a great shot and finalist! Nice to see your still around on BP!

12/3/2012 1:50:45 PM

 
Derek D. Dafoe
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Congrats buddy on a great shot and finalist! Nice to see your still around on BP!

12/3/2012 1:50:49 PM

 
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