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Postby Tom Hoogesteger » Sun Oct 20, 2013 11:06 am

This is the winner of the Finnish Nature photograph of the year -contest 2013. The photographer is Jukka-Pekka Tikkanen.

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Postby Matthieu Berroneau » Sun Oct 20, 2013 2:19 pm

Wow :shock:
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Re: Amazig picture

Postby Mario Schweiger » Sun Oct 20, 2013 2:37 pm

great shot - poor Anguis :lol:

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Re: Amazig picture

Postby Jürgen Gebhart » Sun Oct 20, 2013 3:10 pm

:shock: Strange :shock:
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Re: Amazig picture

Postby Stéphane Aubry » Mon Oct 21, 2013 10:23 am

Stunning picture !

When I was a young birder I was lucky enough to observe, during many long minutes with a telescope at very short distance, a Bufo bufo to be swallowed by a Natrix natrix from the hind legs until the disappearance of the head !

The image of the head of the poor Bufo in the mouth of the Natrix is engraved in my memory... Unfortunately I had no camera at this time...
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Re: Amazig picture

Postby Matthijs Hollanders » Mon Oct 21, 2013 12:06 pm

Hmmmm. It's a good picture, don't get me wrong, but probably not deserving of the award...
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Re: Amazig picture

Postby Alexandre Roux » Mon Oct 21, 2013 12:13 pm

Stéphane Aubry wrote:When I was a young birder I was lucky enough to observe, during many long minutes with a telescope at very short distance, a Bufo bufo to be swallowed by a Natrix natrix from the hind legs until the disappearance of the head !

The image of the head of the poor Bufo in the mouth of the Natrix is engraved in my memory... Unfortunately I had no camera at this time...


How lucky you are !
I didn't see something more than a young N.natrix eating a P.fuscus tadpole or an adult who failed with Pelophylax !

How strange it coumd be to see that with Anguis !
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Re: Amazig picture

Postby Jeroen Speybroeck » Mon Oct 21, 2013 12:25 pm

I am also not really that overwhelmed by the photographic qualities of the image, but it sure is a very cool observation.

Stéphane Aubry wrote:When I was a young birder I was lucky enough to observe, during many long minutes with a telescope at very short distance, a Bufo bufo to be swallowed by a Natrix natrix from the hind legs until the disappearance of the head ! The image of the head of the poor Bufo in the mouth of the Natrix is engraved in my memory... Unfortunately I had no camera at this time...

Haha... Same for me, in 2000 with one of the first Bufo viridis I ever saw in Dadia. A rather disgusting yet fascinating spectacle, with the toad's mucus and blood running amply over the snake's head.
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Postby Jeroen Speybroeck » Mon Oct 21, 2013 12:27 pm

I was actually admiring the toad, when the Natrix attacked it out of nowhere. At first, you cannot imagine how a legless creature can swallow such an uncooperative prey, but a revolting 15 minutes later, it worked out.
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Re: Amazig picture

Postby Thomas Reich » Tue Oct 22, 2013 12:13 pm

I only saw this once. In May 2012 I encountered a Grass Snake eating Hyla arborea in the high vegetation next to a small pond in northern Switzerland. It was at 22:45. Unfortunately the position of the snake was too bad to take good pictures, and of course I didn't want to disturb the brutal act. So just a documentary picture of the poor frog still moving his legs and holding a blade of grass with his right "hand". At 23:02 the frog was gone.

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