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A stunning sight and nerve racking seeing these beautiful big birds full frame in your camera lens.
I was so nervous of messing these shots up I was almost shaking and I had to take a few deep breaths and recompose myself, why you may ask, well because it is extremely rare to get this close to one of these beauties as they are very nervous of us Humans and rightly so really.

In 4 years of photographing wildlife, buying new longer lenses, camo gear, my wife telling me I have lost the plot when I buy a gillie suit, all the effort, all the patients and time spent sitting and waiting to get reasonably close to the Harrier and it finally pays off.

I now have a fantastic series of shots from this wonderful Bird of prey, all I need to do now is make sure I don't mess them up in PS with over processing them.

What's your thoughts guys and girls

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 7D
Lens:240-600mm
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:19 Mar 2012 - 4:44 PM
Focal Length:600mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/5.7
Aperture:f/8.0
Shutter Speed:1/1000sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:400
Exposure Mode:Manual
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
Title:Marsh Harrier
Username:ianrobinson ianrobinson
Uploaded:20 Mar 2012 - 9:09 AM
Tags:Birds of prey, Marsh harrier, Raptors, Wildlife / nature
Votes:58

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MalcolmM
MalcolmM e2 Member 988 forum postsMalcolmM vcard Scotland4 Constructive Critique Points
20 Mar 2012 - 9:14 AM

Superb - & must have been great to see....

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t_delgano
t_delgano  3 United Kingdom
20 Mar 2012 - 9:14 AM

i just wanted to say fantastic shot beautiful , its one of my dreams to get close to birds of prey in the wild and have my camera ready, and on me at my stupidity whenever they have been close guess what no camera!!! now i take one every where i go even to work Grin

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saeidNL
saeidNL  5 Netherlands3 Constructive Critique Points
20 Mar 2012 - 9:17 AM

Excellent capture,very well done,
saeid

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User_Removed
20 Mar 2012 - 9:26 AM

Superb detailed image, and great capture.
Alf.

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franken
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20 Mar 2012 - 9:29 AM

Superbly captured.

Ken

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AnthonyParfilo
20 Mar 2012 - 9:51 AM

Great capture and framing, brilliant Smile

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Chinga
Chinga e2 Member 4Chinga vcard United Kingdom
20 Mar 2012 - 10:06 AM

Beautiful and very well captured...
IB

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Sezz
Sezz e2 Member 9617 forum postsSezz vcard England15 Constructive Critique Points
20 Mar 2012 - 10:08 AM

Congrat's Ian, this really is a beautiful shot!

Sarah *

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SlowSong
SlowSong e2 Member 64838 forum postsSlowSong vcard England29 Constructive Critique Points
20 Mar 2012 - 10:23 AM

A wonderful shot Ian. I can imagine how thrilled you are to get such a gorgeous shot and to be in the right place at the right time too.
Chris

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ringyneck
ringyneck  8308 forum posts United Kingdom18 Constructive Critique Points
20 Mar 2012 - 10:29 AM

OUTSTANDING.........great in natural surroundings image.

Well done for all the hard work put in.

Keith

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Richsr
Richsr e2 Member 790 forum postsRichsr vcard England211 Constructive Critique Points
20 Mar 2012 - 10:47 AM

Like the warm light and your timing here Ian, good work
regards Richard

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Fefe
Fefe e2 Member 3Fefe vcard United Kingdom30 Constructive Critique Points
20 Mar 2012 - 10:59 AM

Wonderful capture
Diane

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Ade_Osman
Ade_Osman e2 Member 114521 forum postsAde_Osman vcard England36 Constructive Critique Points
20 Mar 2012 - 11:56 AM

Outstanding wild capture Ian.....

Ade

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WindowonWildlife
WindowonWildlife e2 Member 5WindowonWildlife vcard United Kingdom4 Constructive Critique Points
20 Mar 2012 - 12:28 PM

Good to see those Ghillie suits are worth their weight in gold Ian TongueTongue Fabulous capture mate.

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mereside
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20 Mar 2012 - 12:54 PM

very nice indeed i went out the other night and got set up a buzzard came swooping in just beside me but i hadnt got the camera out of my bag at this point i just sat and watched because i knew the moment i moved he was going to be off ,gutted. keep them coming atb wayne

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WhiteRose1
WhiteRose1 e2 Member 41113 forum postsWhiteRose1 vcard England137 Constructive Critique Points
20 Mar 2012 - 1:06 PM

"all the patients" - how many people did you injure Ian GrinGrin.

Superbly captured, I'm not a bird man but I do recognize the work that goes into these images. A very classy image.

Dave

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PinkK
PinkK  580 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
20 Mar 2012 - 1:37 PM

Outstanding capture!

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christinecilia
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20 Mar 2012 - 2:34 PM

wow lovely photo Grin

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Daisymaye
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20 Mar 2012 - 2:48 PM

A beautiful image............Sandy

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Scooby10
Scooby10  4 United Kingdom
20 Mar 2012 - 3:51 PM

Stunning capture. Well done mate.
Peter

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jennialexander
jennialexander e2 Member 1045 forum postsjennialexander vcard United Kingdom
20 Mar 2012 - 3:54 PM

Wow. Well done. Your patience has certainly paid off Ian
jenni

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luckybry
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20 Mar 2012 - 4:57 PM

like a harrier jump jet taking off awesome image

bryan

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LukeParkinson
20 Mar 2012 - 5:57 PM

Cracker..

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ianrobinson
ianrobinson e2 Member 51181 forum postsianrobinson vcard United Kingdom8 Constructive Critique Points
20 Mar 2012 - 6:02 PM

wow what a great surprise coming home and seeing three awards and all the comments and votes on this Harrier, thank you very much guys and girls very much appreciated coming from fellow togs.

Ian

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michaelo
michaelo e2 Member 8michaelo vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
20 Mar 2012 - 6:25 PM

this is a fantastic capture!!!!!

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woodlark
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20 Mar 2012 - 7:41 PM

Spectacular !!!

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Norfolkboy
Norfolkboy e2 Member 8Norfolkboy vcard England4 Constructive Critique Points
20 Mar 2012 - 8:25 PM

A fantastic image Ian. My wife too thinks i'm crackers when I go out in the gullie suit, but
are'nt they brilliant things.
Colin

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EMJAYCEE
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20 Mar 2012 - 8:48 PM

Very special and certainly spectacular.
Joan.

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Samuel_Aron
20 Mar 2012 - 9:16 PM

Stunning shot!
Brilliant feather detail and great lighting.
This is a real beauty of a shot.
Sam.

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ianrobinson
ianrobinson e2 Member 51181 forum postsianrobinson vcard United Kingdom8 Constructive Critique Points
20 Mar 2012 - 10:07 PM

thank you guys for your comments and votes, glad to see i am not the only crazy one then Colin Tongue

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