Mink vs Mallard

26 10 2010

Wow!

You don’t get to come across this many days!!

I know it’s old (I took these back in July) but it has taken me a while to figure out a way to best present these..  I was walking along the boardwalk down at Piper spit on Burnaby Lake when I suddenly heard a sound below… I looked down and thought… Oh… that poor duck.  The mink got her.  Then my photographer’s instinct kicked in.  Below are some composites of the whole event…

1)
It looked like a mink had taken a female mallard by surprise…  She was lifeless and limp.  He had captured himself one heck of a meal!
Mink vs Mallard Part I

2)
Suddenly in a whirl and splash the mallard kicked to life.  She dove under water and the mink went down with her.  Then, briefly the mink opened its mouth to breathe.  The moment she had been waiting for!!! She dove under one more time and pushed hard to escape!
Mink vs Mallard Part II

3)
In the end, she escaped – definitely wiser and and a bit ruffled.  The mink swam off under the boardwalk to wait in ambush of a better target.
Mink vs Mallard part III
I’m not so sure about the happily ever after – particularly on the Mink’s part.

It was quite am amazing sight. I was pretty thrilled that I got some decent shots of the whole episode!

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