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This is one of my fave images. It is not as sharp as it should be but it was taken very quickly, in the rain and more by reaction than careful composition.

It's a "fleeting moment" type of picture.

This was taken on Orkney in June. We had taken a wrong turn on our way to Burgar Hill to see the Red Throated Divers and pulled in to a lay-by to turn around. As the car stopped, a Short Eared Owl landed on the fence, my son switched off the engine and I put the lens through the window (very slowly) and took a couple of shots. We heared a car comming up the road behind us and the Owl also heared it and decided to fly off. Just before he did, a feather drifted into the Owl's view and he seemed quite fascinated by it. I was able to grab this shot. As the passing car got close up, the Owl left the scene.

I felt it was a special moment and for what it's worth, I saved it for my 500th upload. A very big thank you to all who have clicked, commented or just looked at my work. A special thanks to all at EPZ for making it all possible.

Ron.

Camera:Canon EOS 10 D
Lens:Canon 500 mm f4+1.4ext
Recording media:N/A
Title:500
Username:ron thomas ron thomas
Uploaded:2 Aug 2005 - 11:48 AM
Tags:Wildlife / nature
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VinceJones
VinceJones e2 Member 10862 forum postsVinceJones vcard United Kingdom
2 Aug 2005 - 11:51 AM

Now you are just showing off Ron lol. Cracking shot!!!!!!!!!! Love the feather, simply adds loads to the image

Happy 500th

Vince

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Ade_Osman
Ade_Osman e2 Member 114521 forum postsAde_Osman vcard England36 Constructive Critique Points
2 Aug 2005 - 11:54 AM

Just fabulous Ron, the expression on the birds face is perfect, but when you put the whole shot into context, it's a clear winner!......
I asked Pete, to dish out an EC yesterday for someone, I wonder if he'll do the same for this.....Pete?

Just marvelous!

Ade

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SueTurner
SueTurner e2 Member 1081 forum postsSueTurner vcard England3 Constructive Critique Points
2 Aug 2005 - 11:59 AM

Nice one, well done
Sue

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jeanie
jeanie e2 Member 115978 forum postsjeanie vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
2 Aug 2005 - 12:01 PM

A special moment and a special upload. Great story to go with the picture.
Jeanie

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Boyd
Boyd e2 Member 1111213 forum postsBoyd vcard Wales11 Constructive Critique Points
2 Aug 2005 - 12:02 PM

I can see why this would be one of your favourites Ron. Made me smile.
Great stuff.

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AngieLatham
AngieLatham e2 Member 10789 forum postsAngieLatham vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
2 Aug 2005 - 12:06 PM

Ron this is just super! What a wonderfull capture! One of my absolute faves of yours Smile
Beautifull and extreamly endearing.
all the best
Angie*

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ericfaragh
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2 Aug 2005 - 12:06 PM

Lol, lovely capture, well done Ron.

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heatherb
heatherb e2 Member 10heatherb vcard United Kingdom
2 Aug 2005 - 12:06 PM

that's so good, i think i would have chopped a little more off the top it would look good square
heather

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johnny_mazoo
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2 Aug 2005 - 12:17 PM

Awesome capture. I love those special moments that just come along when you least expect it and you get the chance to capture it. It is a moment in time captured forever.

Johnny

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Tom_H
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2 Aug 2005 - 12:17 PM

Fantastic shot, great timing.

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proz
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2 Aug 2005 - 12:23 PM

an excellent shot!

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John_Wannop
John_Wannop e2 Member 1055 forum postsJohn_Wannop vcard Wales
2 Aug 2005 - 12:28 PM

Excellent Ron, love the expression on the birds face. Well, done.

john

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MartinjD
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2 Aug 2005 - 12:38 PM

Fabulous - priceless

Well done

Martin

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joko
joko e2 Member 11joko vcard Bulgaria
2 Aug 2005 - 12:47 PM

Great shot.

Jivko

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nolongeramember

its beautiful.. no rehearsal with wildlife.. and just think this moment captured is so special..and beautiful Smile..)))

nikki

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Maddie
Maddie e2 Member 92714 forum postsMaddie vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
2 Aug 2005 - 12:57 PM

great capture ron

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gndphotography
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2 Aug 2005 - 12:58 PM

Nicely composed, and made me laugh too :0)

Click,
Gav

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Mari
Mari e2 Member 111825 forum postsMari vcard Wales
2 Aug 2005 - 12:58 PM

This is definitely a very special shot, Ron, how wonderful to have captured this, You are so good at capturing wildlife actually in the wild - amazing.

Mari Smile

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kengreen
kengreen e2 Member 10kengreen vcard Sweden
2 Aug 2005 - 1:01 PM

Lovely shot. Who cares about the sharpness, its a great capture of as you say a fleeting moment.
Ken

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bill c
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2 Aug 2005 - 1:26 PM

Great shot, Ron. Perfectly timed. Well caught!!

Bill

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keith selmes
2 Aug 2005 - 1:40 PM

What ? 'I don't believe it'! Almost a pictorial essay on being prepared. caught a marvellous moment.

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firzhugh
firzhugh e2 Member 10firzhugh vcard New Zealand
2 Aug 2005 - 1:46 PM

great capture. nice pose and expression

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PatrickSmith
PatrickSmith e2 Member 101205 forum postsPatrickSmith vcard United States2 Constructive Critique Points
2 Aug 2005 - 1:50 PM

I'm making sure I have my camera ready at all times! Nice story and a fortuitous capture.
Patrick

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PaulG
PaulG e2 Member 1063 forum postsPaulG vcard New Zealand
2 Aug 2005 - 1:51 PM

Well I think this a cracking shot and one of those lucky, they only happen the once shots. Great capture and congrat's on your 500th upload.

Paul *click*

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dalischone
dalischone e2 Member 10293 forum postsdalischone vcard Scotland
2 Aug 2005 - 2:04 PM

Oh wow, this is just wonderful. Stunning capture Ron, you're right it's a once in a lifetime shot and so special, very deserving of your 500th upload. Stunning.

Tracy

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mattberry
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2 Aug 2005 - 2:20 PM

Brilliant story and capture, one in a million really! Thanks for sharing it with us.

Regards
Matt

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kit-monster
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2 Aug 2005 - 2:23 PM

That's very special . . . thanks so much for sharing.

Edward

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glazzaro
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2 Aug 2005 - 8:45 PM

Wow, this put a smile on my face, what a unique shot, excellent! Spot on! Click!!!

Greg

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Miles Herbert
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2 Aug 2005 - 10:12 PM

Lol... as Greg said... unique.

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pfheyes
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2 Aug 2005 - 11:52 PM

Yeah, it's not tack sharp, but the timing is superb.

Pete

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Kris_Dutson
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3 Aug 2005 - 1:27 AM

Right place, right time counts for a lot, as this proves.

Kris.

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starstriders
starstriders e2 Member 101630 forum postsstarstriders vcard United Kingdom
3 Aug 2005 - 2:11 AM

Excellent moment captured. I really like this - v peaceful. A real one off shot in completely wild circumstances. Fantastic.

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RichardB
RichardB e2 Member 10328 forum postsRichardB vcard United Kingdom
3 Aug 2005 - 2:28 AM

Congrats. Smile

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urban-hero
urban-hero e2 Member 10urban-hero vcard United Kingdom
3 Aug 2005 - 4:34 AM

Superb shot, well captured!

Andy.

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simon butterworth
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3 Aug 2005 - 6:19 AM

This is superb, worth keeping a camera handy at all times, this shot proves it!

Simon.

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acwalker
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3 Aug 2005 - 9:14 AM

Ex has it Right place, right time
Andy

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ron thomas
ron thomas e2 Member 10ron thomas vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
3 Aug 2005 - 10:01 AM

All of the clicks & comments are very much appreciated, thank you to everyone.

Ron.

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u08mcb
u08mcb  105817 forum posts
3 Aug 2005 - 10:45 AM

Fantastic and well done.

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klewis
klewis e2 Member 101870 forum postsklewis vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
5 Aug 2005 - 11:34 PM

Beautifully captured image, it has alot of charm.

I would be tempted to clone out the fence wire?

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Julian
Julian e2 Member 1076 forum postsJulian vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
5 Aug 2006 - 9:49 PM

Superb capture and dedication for this shot. Well done.

Julian

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bzbee
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28 Aug 2006 - 5:31 AM

wonderful moment captured beautifully

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glenalva
glenalva e2 Member 9326 forum postsglenalva vcard Scotland
7 Jan 2007 - 11:29 AM

Superb.......absolutely beautiful capture.

Ali

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vlaaitje
vlaaitje  8 Netherlands
29 Jan 2007 - 10:03 PM

how lovely......lucky you

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stephy
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29 May 2008 - 8:49 PM

top image

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sustainabledesign
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11 Jan 2009 - 9:33 PM

Taking wildlife photography to a much higher level. A joy to look at, must have been a tremendous experience to cature it.
Robert

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fvg
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14 Jan 2009 - 4:27 PM

Wonderfull Picture!

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