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Moving on from the static shots, hereís a shot of Quince coming into land on some prey.
When I say prey, itís prey to him, itís a quick snack to keep him interested, and as with the Milky Way chocolate bar, something you can eat between meals : ) In other words, once Quince has eaten enough, flying ends........... thatís it. So, little and often means a lot of short flights to keep the humans happy and snapping : )
I hope the title is fairly obvious : )
The day was overcast, but fairly light, hence the settings below:
ISO 800
1/500th
F5.6
Focal length 280mm (70-200F4.. w/1.4tc)
IS off
tripod mounted.

Camera:Canon 1DMK2N
Lens:70-200mm F4L IS wit 1.4tc
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:Talons
Username:arhb arhb
Uploaded:27 Feb 2009 - 8:01 AM
Tags:Cairngorms, General, Golden eagle, North shots, Pets / captive animals
Votes:110

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Wilmot
Wilmot  6338 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
27 Feb 2009 - 8:02 AM

Stunning inflight capture,i love this
Steve

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WOW, this is amazing/
Scott

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Angi_Wallace
Angi_Wallace e2 Member 6172 forum postsAngi_Wallace vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
27 Feb 2009 - 8:11 AM

What a superb capture, absolutely top class. Angi

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piccy
piccy  8 Wales
27 Feb 2009 - 8:12 AM

Beautiful shot with those outstretched wings and talons ready to grab.
Freda

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geniehawk
geniehawk  7181 forum posts England
27 Feb 2009 - 8:14 AM

Stunning image,well caught and good narrative.
Like the presentation.

Jeannie.

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Buffalo_Tom
Buffalo_Tom e2 Member 82322 forum postsBuffalo_Tom vcard Wales9 Constructive Critique Points
27 Feb 2009 - 8:16 AM

Excellent image and write up.
Tom.

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gwood
gwood  6 England
27 Feb 2009 - 8:17 AM

Excellent capture with good detail..
Geoff

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BangBang
BangBang  551 forum posts United Kingdom
27 Feb 2009 - 8:18 AM

Fantastic shot with perfect timing.
Stuart

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SurreyHillsMan
SurreyHillsMan e2 Member 627 forum postsSurreyHillsMan vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
27 Feb 2009 - 8:18 AM

Superb Andrew.... fab comp and great detail.. loving this series

Jon

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maratsuikka
27 Feb 2009 - 8:19 AM

Got to be winner,perfect image of THE KING

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sparrowhawk
sparrowhawk e2 Member 5267 forum postssparrowhawk vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
27 Feb 2009 - 8:20 AM

awesome shot really show the power and grace of these gorgeous creatures

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Cor
Cor  5 Belgium
27 Feb 2009 - 8:22 AM

Top shot.
Cor.

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BERTRAM
BERTRAM  6 United Kingdom
27 Feb 2009 - 8:23 AM

What a stunning capture.
Dave

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boydmace
boydmace  5 Australia
27 Feb 2009 - 8:28 AM

Really great action shot of this magnicant bird. Well done. Boyd

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DavidWebb
DavidWebb  7 England
27 Feb 2009 - 8:33 AM

Amazing capture with incredible detail, looks even better enlarged. Regards David

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goso
goso e2 Member 8goso vcard Australia1 Constructive Critique Points
27 Feb 2009 - 8:34 AM

Great capture Andrew - sharp as a tack......Bill

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Ray42
Ray42  6 England3 Constructive Critique Points
27 Feb 2009 - 8:56 AM

A stunning inflight capture

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Gazzten
Gazzten  8 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
27 Feb 2009 - 9:08 AM

Awesome capture, great timing so near to the ground. Love it!
Garry

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csurry
csurry  129230 forum posts92 Constructive Critique Points
27 Feb 2009 - 9:18 AM

Nice try Andrew, can't really tell if it needs a little more post-production work to really make it stand out, or if the timing was just ever so slightly off.

There should be a little more detail in the head and neck region. Looking at the heather underneath the focus looks to be on the correct plane (as far as is possible to tell). So it could be down to processing.

Still despite the number of runs on offer generally this is still not an easy thing to do and compositionally it is nailed.

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FredF
FredF  7 France
27 Feb 2009 - 11:02 AM

I am sure you had a lot of patient for this shot, fantastic. well done.

Fred

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GazzaG2003
GazzaG2003  11252 forum posts England
27 Feb 2009 - 11:32 AM

brilliant inflight shot, like the space in front, great comp

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colin beeley
colin beeley e2 Member 111070 forum postscolin beeley vcard England10 Constructive Critique Points
27 Feb 2009 - 11:43 AM

that is one hell of a shot !

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Mynett
Mynett e2 Member 6137 forum postsMynett vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
27 Feb 2009 - 12:05 PM

amazing shot
Linda

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katieb
katieb  10255 forum posts United Kingdom4 Constructive Critique Points
27 Feb 2009 - 1:03 PM

An amazing capture.
Kate

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Scaramanga
Scaramanga e2 Member 637 forum postsScaramanga vcard United Kingdom5 Constructive Critique Points
27 Feb 2009 - 2:49 PM

Fabulous capture.

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whiteswan01
27 Feb 2009 - 3:33 PM

wow wowsuperbshot
Dawn

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27 Feb 2009 - 3:34 PM

Which is where we get the expression 'Fed up'.

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shandoor  5 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
27 Feb 2009 - 3:47 PM

Super super image wow such wonderful detail and lighting well timed
Alexa

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49er
49er  8564 forum posts
27 Feb 2009 - 4:14 PM

really nice action shot..

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pmorgan
pmorgan  7217 forum posts England13 Constructive Critique Points
27 Feb 2009 - 4:23 PM

Simply fantastic!

Rgds
Paul

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maratsuikka
27 Feb 2009 - 5:23 PM

CONGRATS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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iancam  5 England
27 Feb 2009 - 5:27 PM

Excellent......
Ian

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arhb
arhb e2 Member 72190 forum postsarhb vcard United Kingdom67 Constructive Critique Points
27 Feb 2009 - 6:43 PM

Thanks Mara : ) and to all who commented and voted so far, it's great when you get an image (nearly) right ; ).
ChrisGilbert, the falconer Andy, told me this is how it came about, but thanks for mentioning it as I'd forgotten to.
The word 'crop'(to bring the crop in) also comes from falconry, and the expression 'cadge a lift' does too. A 'cadge' is a wooden shelf that a falconer would wear around his waist, held up with straps over the shoulders, that the gentry's birds of prey would be carried on, over yonder hill and vale.

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LesF e2 Member 7175 forum postsLesF vcard 8 Constructive Critique Points
27 Feb 2009 - 7:15 PM

A superb capture

LesF

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27 Feb 2009 - 7:37 PM


Quote: A 'cadge' is a wooden shelf that a falconer would wear around his waist, held up with straps over the shoulders, that the gentry's birds of prey would be carried on, over yonder hill and vale.

Excellent Grin I didn't know that one. Cheers.

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Steve_S e2 Member 8176 forum postsSteve_S vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
27 Feb 2009 - 8:12 PM

I think this is a superb capture Andrew, great detail and comp
Steve

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jack33
jack33  653 forum posts England
27 Feb 2009 - 9:29 PM

Fantastic shot, i would love to have taken a shot like this. Exellent.

Jack.

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teocali
teocali e2 Member 6228 forum poststeocali vcard England18 Constructive Critique Points
27 Feb 2009 - 9:58 PM

Terrific capture - stunning detail and great movement.
Sylvia

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FeatherFriend e2 Member 625 forum postsFeatherFriend vcard England216 Constructive Critique Points
27 Feb 2009 - 11:37 PM

An outstanding shot Andrew in all respcts and congrats on the HC, well done.
Geoff.

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norton
norton  10 United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
28 Feb 2009 - 9:02 PM

Stunning shot Andrew the detail and clarity are excellent.Well done on the HC.
Well timed and captured.......................

Tony.

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1 Mar 2009 - 10:36 AM

Amazing capture!
Mandy

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s1ngerman
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4 Mar 2009 - 7:24 PM

Amazing shot and well timed with talons fully extended. Congrats on the HC
Tom

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Hazel
Hazel  8 United States
6 Mar 2009 - 12:46 AM

Stunning shot - congratulations!

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ChazB
ChazB e2 Member 964 forum postsChazB vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
7 Mar 2009 - 9:51 PM

Stunning capture with wonderful detail.
Charlotte

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cassiecat  639 forum posts England46 Constructive Critique Points
8 Mar 2009 - 12:17 AM

love it.lesley

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NEWMANP e2 Member 61583 forum postsNEWMANP vcard United Kingdom574 Constructive Critique Points
8 Aug 2009 - 11:11 PM

this the best in flight i have seen
Phil

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MikeRC e2 Member 93489 forum postsMikeRC vcard United Kingdom
6 Jan 2010 - 2:31 PM

....'wot a shot...this is stunning...so envious.

....Mike

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Bonico
Bonico  4 Romania
9 Sep 2010 - 12:01 PM

Good capture!
Bogdan

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