Wings of gold

Ducks continued....

 

Thought I'd give you a less disturbing one this time.. (taken in the Biesbosch at sunrise)

 

I've noticed, through comments and email, that the previous shot raised a lot of emotions. I must admit I was a bit confused at first; I've posted shots of animals with prey before (the grebe with the huge fish, the boomslang snake with the baby bird, the cheetah with the baby impala) and it never led to this kind of strong reactions.

 

I've given it careful thought; should I have interfered? And the outcome (to me) is still No. There was a purpose. The Heron was hungry and he hunted the duck (one can ask himself why he could catch the duck in the first place. It's not easy to snatch a healthy duck from the water - his element). The Duck was eaten by the Crow in the end and so fulfilled its role in the Chain of Nature. A complexity that is way beyond my ability to comprehend and thus to interfere in. I believe there is a purpose.. always.

 

Having said this, I would like to stress that it’s a totally different ballgame when it comes to human interference when an animal is needlessly suffering, let alone needless suffering càused by humans. But to me, being eaten as part of the food chain, is not needless suffering.

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Taken on June 1, 2009