November 28, 2012

Charging Black Drongo and the 80 Year Old Sea Gypsy Spear Fisherman

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"The Black Drongo selects a good perch near a water body, and takes off when an insect is sighted on the surface, skimming across the water and back to its perch. I spent almost 10 days (1 hr daily morning -- sitting quietly and motionless) and on October 25, 2012, this was clicked. I was lucky to get this just before any skimming action started. I like the concentration level in its eyes, wing position and wide open mouth ready to catch the insect by surprise, and the same action in reflection." -- -- Vinayak Parmar, a contestant in National Geographic Photo Contest 2012, Part II - In Focus - The Atlantic

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"When he was young he remembers the Japanese passing through during WWII. He was a spear fisherman then, and still today at around 80 years old, he remains a spear fisherman. He earns little from his catch maybe 2-3 dollars a day for spending hours in the water. This time in the water is keeping him young though, he is able to hold his breath for 2 minutes while chasing fish with no fins. I could barely keep up with him and I had fins on." -- Caine Delacy, a contestant in National Geographic Photo Contest 2012, Part II - In Focus - The Atlantic

48 other stunning shots at National Geographic Photo Contest 2012, Part II - In Focus - The Atlantic

Posted by gerardvanderleun at November 28, 2012 7:59 PM
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I entered the contest, too. Click here.

And this spear fisherman's physique is incredible for 80 years old. Heck, it's incredible for half that age!

Posted by: Donald Sensing at November 29, 2012 9:06 AM

Donald,

Use it or lose it.

My Judo teacher was tested at a sports medicine facility recently. His heart and lung function was better than a fit 50 year olds. He's in his late 80's and can still kick my bottom.

Posted by: pdwalker at November 30, 2012 6:20 AM
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