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Challenge: Spring III (ARCHIVAL) (Standard Editing*)
Camera: Sony DSC-F707
Date: Jun 11, 2002
Date Uploaded: May 14, 2020

Thank you all for voting this to a blue ribbon.

This was nr 742 after switching to digital in 2002 and I am still proud of the image. It only took a few seconds to make: walk up to the nest box where these birds were nesting next to our house (and getting louder by the day) and flash a few images at close range at the right moment.

The birds fledged the next day ...... and were eaten by the waiting magpie family.

Place: 1 out of 76
Avg (all users): 6.9206
Avg (participants): 6.8409
Avg (non-participants): 7.1053
Views since voting: 746
Views during voting: 121
Votes: 63
Comments: 12
Favorites: 0

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06/06/2020 02:24:55 AM
Nature is cute. But cruel.
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06/04/2020 03:43:33 AM
So cute!

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06/03/2020 10:55:37 PM
Ah. Sad story but beautiful capture.
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06/03/2020 12:04:00 PM
Originally posted by Lydia:

Congrats on your BLUE, Willem!

Awful news about the babies. Do magpies do that a lot?

Yes, they do. Magpies are very smart, they often work together as a group and they eat anything they can get their hands on, young birds, mice, frogs, etc. They even came into our house (just a few feet) to steal cat food. One bird entered, while the others stood on the lookout. They also love to harass other animals (for example our rabbit) as a group, like local mobsters. Very funny to see.
06/03/2020 11:22:03 AM
Congrats on your BLUE, Willem!

Awful news about the babies. Do magpies do that a lot?

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06/03/2020 04:42:20 AM
An amazingly delightful capture, Willem and many, many congrats on the Blue. Mind you, I could have done without the bad news at the end.
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06/03/2020 04:19:50 AM
What an incredible capture but such a sad ending. Anyway a huge congrats on a fantastic result!
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06/03/2020 02:39:15 AM
I knew this would be a winner first time I saw it. Congrats!
Perfect moment, awesome details in the feathers.
So sad to hear that this lovely creature was at the end of the food chain..
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/02/2020 08:27:49 AM
Wow. What an excellent moment you've captured here. Stunning. My favorite in this challenge.
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06/02/2020 12:32:22 AM
Hungry and angry and loud. His mom loves him though. And i like the picture
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05/30/2020 03:49:19 PM
This belongs on a Hallmark card! :-) So many captions you could put with it.
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05/27/2020 12:25:05 PM
What a capture! I would love to see something like this in person. Nit: feathers on top of the head look oversharpened to me.
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