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Well in the end the biggest strongest chick wound up with the biggest most succulent partially digested minnow of the of the meal. Once they are a bit larger the prompting of the parent birds to feed them becomes of greater importance. At a certain point the food goes directly from one beak to the other . That makes it even harder for the weaker less aggressive chicks to survive because they must battle even harder to get a fair share as there are no scraps to pick from the nest ...
NOW GO OUT ENJOY YOURSELVES & HAVE A RELAXING MEAL THIS WEEKEND , TRY FISH !! ;o)

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Karen E. Michaels
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    You captured Darwinism and it's brute honesty.
Bravo, Jack.

8/31/2012 3:33:29 AM

 
Tammy M. Anderson
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Another terrific capture, Jack.

8/31/2012 3:48:52 AM

 
R. J. Laudenbacher
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Fabulous capture, Jack. What a treat it must be to watch these guys!

8/31/2012 4:23:35 AM

 
Agnes Fegan
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You might have hit on a great idea for a restaurant...sort of a survival of the fittest theme...every man for himself lol!

Enjoyed this terrific series! (have a great weekend)

8/31/2012 4:37:34 AM

 
Mary K. Robison
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Excellent capture, Jack. Agnes wrote about the survival of the fittest situation. I know that's how Nature keeps animal population down. But it's still a bummer for the weaker chick above.
Enjoy your weekend!

8/31/2012 4:52:55 AM

 
Michelle Alton
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Kind of reminds me of my five step-sons when they were teens (the girls were more refined, of course)!

Great capture of the food frenzy!

8/31/2012 5:46:40 AM

 
Leslie J. Morris
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Man, they are so ugly they are cute! Great shot Jack. I just located a rookery on a friend of a friends property, but I think they have all fledged for the year...maybe next year!

Are these recent? Part of country?

I just got word of thousands of shorebirds in our area so I am off for the day gotta get there before the sun comes up on West Coast. Happy Shooting!

8/31/2012 6:11:51 AM

 
Karen Celella
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Super capture, Jack!

8/31/2012 8:37:06 AM

 
Monnie Ryan
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Well, I WAS planning to have minnow when we go out for dinner tonight, but you've changed my mind! Fantastic capture!

8/31/2012 11:39:02 AM

 
Tiia Vissak
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a cool image!

8/31/2012 1:05:11 PM

 
Bobby Ray Goodman
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LOL!!That about the only thing we have in our lakes in Az(minnows).Excellent capture Jack!!!

8/31/2012 1:17:36 PM

 
John Connolly
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A fabulous capture and I love your wry sense of humor Jack! Have a good weekend, today is the first day of spring here, but it is not any different to winter!

8/31/2012 1:38:31 PM

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

8/31/2012 11:05:27 PM

 
Craig D. Minton
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Wow, Jack! The entire series is great. Super clean shots.

9/4/2012 9:51:36 PM

 
Heather Loewenhardt
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Wonderful detail and information Jack.

9/13/2012 6:38:56 AM

 
Emile Abbott
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I think we know who is the most aggressive one here. Fabulous detail and timing Jack.

9/22/2012 10:50:36 AM

 
Michelle Alton
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I saw this FINALIST coming Jack. Congratulations! Onward to the GOLD!

9/24/2012 9:24:26 AM

 
Lorna Shutter
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Woo Hoo!!! CONGRATULATIONS on your Finalist Award for this wonderful Wildlife capture, Jack!!!!! Will it win "The Grand Prize"?! Good luck in the next round!!! :)
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9/24/2012 9:31:29 AM

 
Stefania Barbier
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congratulations on your gorgeous finalist!!!

9/24/2012 12:22:31 PM

 
Ann Coates
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Way to go Jack, congratulations on your fantastic finalist.

9/24/2012 12:22:44 PM

 
Lester A. Garcia
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Beautiful finalist, Jack. Congratulations.

9/24/2012 12:27:38 PM

 
Nancy Marie Ricketts
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Congratulations, Jack on this awesome finalist!!

9/24/2012 1:21:14 PM

 
Marilyn Cornwell
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Congratulations on this amazing Finalist!

9/24/2012 1:21:18 PM

 
Bobby Ray Goodman
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Big Congratulations on your beautiful finalist,Jack!!!!!

9/24/2012 1:33:50 PM

 
Don Holland
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Congratulations, Jack! Great job!

9/24/2012 2:27:45 PM

 
Kathy Salerni
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Big congrats on your well deserved Finalist, Jack!

9/24/2012 2:33:23 PM

 
Deborah C. Lewinson
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Marvelous finalist, Jack!

Congratulations!
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9/24/2012 2:46:30 PM

 
Tammy M. Anderson
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Congrats on an awesome finalist, Jack.

9/24/2012 4:21:30 PM

 
Claudia Kuhn
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Wonderful capture Jack, congrats on your finalist

9/24/2012 5:15:24 PM

 
Jeffrey R. Bange
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Hey Jack congratulations on your finalist photo. I don't know how I ever missed this one when you first posted it, best of luck in the next round my friend and maybe someday will see one of us win something.

9/24/2012 5:40:40 PM

 
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----------"CONGRATULATIONS"-------------

9/24/2012 6:26:14 PM

 
Renee Doyle
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Congratulations on this wonderful finalist Jack!

9/24/2012 6:51:47 PM

 
Carla Capra
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Lov'n this and congratulations!

9/24/2012 7:54:18 PM

 
Raymond Pauly
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Congratulations on your finalist, Jack!

9/24/2012 9:47:02 PM

 
Heather Loewenhardt
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Congrats on this amazing image becoming a finalist Jack. Good luck.

9/24/2012 11:21:12 PM

 
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Whoa! Not good manners, huh? lol Survival of the fittest..

Congrats on this great finalist Jack!

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9/25/2012 7:21:22 AM

 
Patrick Rouzes
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Hey, Jack, that's an incredible finalist, my friend! CONGRATS & good luck!

9/25/2012 10:31:06 AM

 
Louisa Hancock
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Fantastic image and story, congratulations on it being a finalist

9/26/2012 9:33:43 PM

 
Ann H. Belus
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Awesome shot, Jack...Congratulations!

9/27/2012 10:57:59 AM

 
Mary Beth Aiello
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Sensational, Jack. Love it... and huge congrats.

9/27/2012 12:31:32 PM

 
Rona L. Schwarz
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OMG - this is THE MOST AMAZING CAPTURE, Jack! I hope you submit it all over the place - it surely is a winning image! I wish I could have been there (course I wish I could have captured something like this, too) I hope it winds the GP - it surely deserves it! CONGRATULATIONS!!!

9/27/2012 3:38:18 PM

 
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Congrats on your beautiful finalist Jack!

9/28/2012 10:37:04 PM

 
Merna L. Nobile
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I heard the good news…and could not be happier for you! CONGRATULATIONS, Merna

9/30/2012 11:13:58 AM

 
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