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Jan 10, 2019 06:57:37   #
rdfarr (a regular here)
 
We have ducks, geese, swans, and various other water birds on the lake at different times of the year.
Hawks, bass, and turtles (and others) predate especially on little ducklings.


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Jan 10, 2019 07:09:10   #
TBPJr
 
I don't think "predate" is a verb form for predation or predator, or a substitute for "prey" as a verb.

http://blogs.nature.com/nautilus/2007/04/language_clinic_to_prey_is_not.html.

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Jan 10, 2019 07:12:43   #
fourg1b2006 (a regular here)
 
That's a pretty looking image.

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Jan 10, 2019 07:12:58   #
photophile (a regular here)
 
rdfarr wrote:
We have ducks, geese, swans, and various other water birds on the lake at different times of the year.
Hawks, bass, and turtles (and others) predate especially on little ducklings.


Appealing scene Rhett.

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Jan 10, 2019 07:55:51   #
LittleRed
 
[quote=TBPJr]I don't think "predate" is a verb form for predation or predator, or a substitute for "prey" as a verb

I think that the word as used by the Rhett is quite correct as used. This is shown as the second meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary. Quite fits what he is saying.

Bytheway, excellent photo in my humble opinion

LittleRed (Ron)


predate
verb [ I or T ] /prɪˈdeɪt/ specialized

to kill and eat another animal:
Some species of bat predate small mammals.
Possums will predate on baby birds and eggs.
See also
predator
predation

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Jan 10, 2019 08:55:32   #
jerryc41 (a regular here)
 
Whether the hawks, bass, and turtles (and others) got there before the ducks or they eat them, it's a nice scene.

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Jan 10, 2019 09:57:34   #
LittleRed
 
jerryc41 wrote:
Whether the hawks, bass, and turtles (and others) got there before the ducks or they eat them, it's a nice scene.


Yes Jerry, up here in the north the Snapping Turtle, along with a full grown Muskellunge or Great Northern Pike can be/are the scourge of the breeding ponds. Many of our very young Ducks, Loons, Mergansers and Swans are but a tasty tidbit to them. Much like the Gators of the southern states whom also have a taste for a good meal of poultry. Once saw a large gator on a canal in Shark Valley Florida take down a adult Great Blue Heron in one quick lunge.

LittleRed (Ron)

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Jan 10, 2019 10:26:08   #
UTMike (a regular here)
 
Very nice work, Rhett!

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Jan 10, 2019 11:51:17   #
kpmac (a regular here)
 
Nice image. I, too, have seen a gator eat a Great Blue. Birds have many natural predators.

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Jan 10, 2019 13:07:33   #
rdfarr (a regular here)
 
TBPJr wrote:
I don't think "predate" is a verb form for predation or predator, or a substitute for "prey" as a verb.

http://blogs.nature.com/nautilus/2007/04/language_clinic_to_prey_is_not.html.


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I'm a former Engineer not English major, so cut me some slack, eh? :-)
(humor intended)

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Jan 10, 2019 13:08:42   #
rdfarr (a regular here)
 
fourg1b2006 wrote:
That's a pretty looking image.


Thanks. Morning and evenings are when I shoot my lake photos for my deck. Can't miss.

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Jan 10, 2019 13:09:25   #
rdfarr (a regular here)
 
photophile wrote:
Appealing scene Rhett.


Thanks, Photophile! Always your comments. :-)

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Jan 10, 2019 13:12:30   #
rdfarr (a regular here)
 
jerryc41 wrote:
Whether the hawks, bass, and turtles (and others) got there before the ducks or they eat them, it's a nice scene.


I've seen several little ducklings following their Mom one day. A day later there were less, and the next day even fewer. It continues. A duck's loss is a hawk's chicks gain, eh?

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Jan 10, 2019 13:13:30   #
rdfarr (a regular here)
 
UTMike wrote:
Very nice work, Rhett!


Hi. Thanks!

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Jan 10, 2019 13:14:36   #
rdfarr (a regular here)
 
kpmac wrote:
Nice image. I, too, have seen a gator eat a Great Blue. Birds have many natural predators.


Keeping everything in balance.

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