The Grand Prize

© Jack Gaskin

The Grand Prize

Karen E. Michaels level-deluxe 8/31/2012 3:33:29 AM

You captured Darwinism and it's brute honesty.
Bravo, Jack. #1483664

Tammy M. Anderson level-deluxe 8/31/2012 3:48:52 AM

Another terrific capture, Jack. #10301016

R. J. Laudenbacher level-deluxe 8/31/2012 4:23:35 AM

Fabulous capture, Jack. What a treat it must be to watch these guys! #10301057

Agnes Fegan level-deluxe 8/31/2012 4:37:34 AM

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) #10301092

Mary K. Robison level-deluxe 8/31/2012 4:52:55 AM

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! #10301139

Michelle Alton level-deluxe 8/31/2012 5:46:40 AM

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! #10301225

Leslie J. Morris level-deluxe 8/31/2012 6:11:51 AM

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! #10301262

Karen Celella level-deluxe 8/31/2012 8:37:06 AM

Super capture, Jack! #10301433

Monnie Ryan level-deluxe 8/31/2012 11:39:02 AM

Well, I WAS planning to have minnow when we go out for dinner tonight, but you've changed my mind! Fantastic capture! #10301567

Tiia Vissak level-deluxe 8/31/2012 1:05:11 PM

a cool image! #10301741

Robert R. Goodman level-deluxe 8/31/2012 1:17:36 PM

LOL!!That about the only thing we have in our lakes in Az(minnows).Excellent capture Jack!!! #10301794

John Connolly level-deluxe 8/31/2012 1:38:31 PM

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! #10301865

Robert K. Bemus level-deluxe 8/31/2012 11:05:27 PM

Great capture and info, Jack!! #10302778

Craig D. Minton 9/4/2012 9:51:36 PM

Wow, Jack! The entire series is great. Super clean shots. #10308919

Heather Loewenhardt level-deluxe 9/13/2012 6:38:56 AM

Wonderful detail and information Jack. #10321162

Emile Abbott level-deluxe 9/22/2012 10:50:36 AM

I think we know who is the most aggressive one here. Fabulous detail and timing Jack. #10333062

Michelle Alton level-deluxe 9/24/2012 9:24:26 AM

I saw this FINALIST coming Jack. Congratulations! Onward to the GOLD! #10335617

Lorna Shutter level-deluxe 9/24/2012 9:31:29 AM

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!!! :)
Photobucket #10335655

Stefania Barbier level-deluxe 9/24/2012 12:22:31 PM

congratulations on your gorgeous finalist!!! #10336369

Ann Coates level-deluxe 9/24/2012 12:22:44 PM

Way to go Jack, congratulations on your fantastic finalist. #10336372

Lester A. Garcia 9/24/2012 12:27:38 PM

Beautiful finalist, Jack. Congratulations. #10336401

Nancy Marie Ricketts 9/24/2012 1:21:14 PM

Congratulations, Jack on this awesome finalist!! #10336828

Marilyn Cornwell level-deluxe 9/24/2012 1:21:18 PM

Congratulations on this amazing Finalist! #10336829

Robert R. Goodman level-deluxe 9/24/2012 1:33:50 PM

Big Congratulations on your beautiful finalist,Jack!!!!! #10336921

Kathy Salerni level-deluxe 9/24/2012 2:33:23 PM

Big congrats on your well deserved Finalist, Jack! #10337268

Deborah C. Lewinson level-deluxe 9/24/2012 2:46:30 PM

Marvelous finalist, Jack!

Debby #10337347

Tammy M. Anderson level-deluxe 9/24/2012 4:21:30 PM

Congrats on an awesome finalist, Jack. #10337838

Claudia Kuhn level-deluxe 9/24/2012 5:15:24 PM

Wonderful capture Jack, congrats on your finalist #10338141

Jeffrey R. Bange level-deluxe 9/24/2012 5:40:40 PM

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. #10338264

Neal D. Hatcher level-deluxe 9/24/2012 6:26:14 PM

----------"CONGRATULATIONS"------------- #10338483

Renee Doyle level-deluxe 9/24/2012 6:51:47 PM

Congratulations on this wonderful finalist Jack! #10338675

Carla Capra level-deluxe 9/24/2012 7:54:18 PM

Lov'n this and congratulations! #10338993

Raymond Pauly level-deluxe 9/24/2012 9:47:02 PM

Congratulations on your finalist, Jack! #10339292

Heather Loewenhardt level-deluxe 9/24/2012 11:21:12 PM

Congrats on this amazing image becoming a finalist Jack. Good luck. #10339394

JO ANN CLEVELAND level-deluxe 9/25/2012 7:21:22 AM

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

Congrats on this great finalist Jack!

jo ann c. #10340057

Patrick Rouzes level-deluxe 9/25/2012 10:31:06 AM

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

Louisa Hancock 9/26/2012 9:33:43 PM

Fantastic image and story, congratulations on it being a finalist #10342948

Ann H. Belus level-deluxe 9/27/2012 10:57:59 AM

Awesome shot, Jack...Congratulations! #10343661

Mary Beth Aiello level-deluxe 9/27/2012 12:31:32 PM

Sensational, Jack. Love it... and huge congrats. #10343733

Rona L. Schwarz 9/27/2012 3:38:18 PM

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!!! #10344010

Nadia Paul 9/28/2012 10:37:04 PM

Congrats on your beautiful finalist Jack! #10345839

Merna L. Nobile 9/30/2012 11:13:58 AM

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

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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 ...

Exif: F Number: 9, Exposure Bias Value: 0.00, ExposureTime: 1/4000 seconds, Flash: did not fire., ISO: 1600, White balance: Auto white balance, FocalLength: 420.00 mm, Model: NIKON D90

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