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THE OSPREY

By LeeFisher
This is what I consider to be my best shot of an Osprey.
I like the symmetry in the image and the intense eye contact of this ultimate fishing machine. The reflection for me was the icing on the cake. I hope you all like it too Smile

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I'd also like to say a big thanks to Pete for awarding my shot as POTW. Can't tell you how pleased I am Grin and also a big thanks to everyone who have offered valuable advise and support since joining epz. It's much appreciated.

Cheers all Fish

Tags: Scotland General Fish Bird Cairngorms Highlands Close-up and macro Hunting Osprey Rothiemurchus Aviemore Trout Wildlife and nature Rainbow trout Pandion haliaetus Fish snatch

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Comments


Howeird 7 1 Scotland
9 Aug 2010 3:59PM
WOW fantastic image.. reflection is amazing.
Well done
H

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Fantastic !

Chris
RobMacd 10 21 United Kingdom
9 Aug 2010 4:07PM
Perfect !!!!

Rob.
9 Aug 2010 4:09PM
A stunning shot, you have even got the spray off the wings as it has taken off ( By design or just a major plus by default ) either way keep these stunning shots coming
MalcolmM Plus
11 590 5 Scotland
9 Aug 2010 4:13PM
Detail & reflection just great, all the more dramatic being 'head-on'.
Superb.
Wow, what can anyone say about a shot like this, Outstanding, what a fantastic picture.
gregl 11 19 1 England
9 Aug 2010 4:19PM
What a fantastic shot Lee. You are right - the image definitely captures the essence of what an Osprey is all about!!

Greg
GillyB Plus
11 317 8 United Kingdom
9 Aug 2010 4:25PM
Superb photography!

gill
Fab.
Lorraine
ChazB 11 64 3 United Kingdom
9 Aug 2010 4:30PM
Wow, the detail in both the bird and the fish are amazing, the eye contact is quite stunning and the reflection and splash are wonderful. Impeccable timing! Well deserving of a GEA from me for those reasons!
Charlotte
LeeFisher 7 59 8 England
9 Aug 2010 4:32PM
Thanks for the GEA Charlotte Smile
dmhuynh72 8 44 3 United Kingdom
9 Aug 2010 4:34PM
Congrats on another award, superb image.

regards
Ynug
RonnieAG Plus
7 153 116 Scotland
9 Aug 2010 4:35PM
Superbly timed and captured shot, and congrats. on the GEA.
Ronnie.
9 Aug 2010 4:40PM
Stunning Lee... well done on POTW ..... and this too is has POTW written all over it mate... it has everything.. Photo Of The Year!... LOVE IT!
Shortlisted
Jon
LeeFisher 7 59 8 England
9 Aug 2010 4:42PM
Thanks for the positive feedback everyone.
JillyW 6 1 United Kingdom
9 Aug 2010 4:44PM
Superb image, excellent timing and wonderful reflections. Stunning.
Awesome!
9 Aug 2010 5:13PM
Nice shot

Hugh
rontear Plus
13 8 8 England
9 Aug 2010 5:19PM
The "wow " effect Fish. I remember when I first saw images such as these, a Finnish photogrpher had me spell bound by them ( 10 years ago ) They still have this affect on me ! Ron.
9 Aug 2010 5:20PM
THE
BEST
maggieh 8 4 United Kingdom
9 Aug 2010 5:32PM
Unbeatable!.
maggie
9 Aug 2010 5:37PM
This is just Stunning Lee,everyting in this image is for me spot on...The detail,comp are excellent and the expression with such a sense of meaning !! SUPERB mate,have a UA on me !
Ps......Well done also on the previous image POTW DESERVED !
9 Aug 2010 5:42PM
Stunning image, well captured.
Cheesey.
bokeh 8 2 Romania
9 Aug 2010 5:44PM
stunning capture,excellent timming
mirc
Suehh 9 39 6 England
9 Aug 2010 5:51PM
Stupendous!!

Sue
LeeFisher 7 59 8 England
9 Aug 2010 5:56PM
Thanks very much for the UA Dean Smile .
MikeH 11 217 4 England
9 Aug 2010 6:11PM
A wow image!
Every thing about this shot oozes quality Lee. I really like the reflection,the timing is superb, something to aspire to,
Mike
LeeFisher 7 59 8 England
9 Aug 2010 6:13PM
Thanks Mike for the award am glad you like the shot Smile
fish
PattiW 11 24 2 United States
9 Aug 2010 6:15PM
And I can see why! Awesome capture! Patti
MikeMar 10 6 United Kingdom
9 Aug 2010 6:41PM
What can I say "FANTASTIC"
Mike
9 Aug 2010 6:56PM
MAGNIFICENT.
proberts 12 218 4 Wales
9 Aug 2010 7:09PM
Thats got to be one of the best i have seen. A real stunner. Well done.
Andrew.
maggie9 8 45 2 Scotland
9 Aug 2010 7:13PM
ohh wow ohh wow!
outstanding! in a league of its own Smile


i actually saw an osprey today along the beach being chased by two Little Terns lol

maggie
EAS 7 1 13 Scotland
9 Aug 2010 7:13PM
Very fine image indeed. Congrats on those awards.

Ann
pluckyfilly Plus
10 351 33 United Kingdom
9 Aug 2010 7:15PM
excellent and I love it - best of the lot that you have uploaded recently
lianna 7 13 United Kingdom
9 Aug 2010 7:22PM
Excellent!!!!!! i love the reflection... really well done with the awards!! x x
LeeFisher 7 59 8 England
9 Aug 2010 7:24PM
This was one of the few shots I captured where the reflection could really be used to assist the composition and wasn't hindering it.
Fish
tomcat 11 6.4k 15 United Kingdom
9 Aug 2010 7:25PM
i don't know about your best shot.
It is good enough to be up there with the very best of anyones.
Many thanks for sharing these wonderful images

Adrian
Rach1970 8 14 1 United Kingdom
9 Aug 2010 7:36PM
Yes, symmetry and reflections are excellent but it's the eye contact that makes this stunning. Brilliant! Smile
Rachel
Shroomer 9 14 167 England
9 Aug 2010 8:05PM
Outstanding head on capture timed to perfection Fish
Richard
Dave_Holdham 7 4 1 Wales
9 Aug 2010 8:12PM
Superb image, well captured
DannoM 8 58 England
9 Aug 2010 8:14PM
An award winner mate. Love it
dan
mondmagu 6 75 Ireland
9 Aug 2010 8:24PM
Another cracker Lee,superb shot.

Des
User_Removed 6 10 1 United Kingdom
9 Aug 2010 8:37PM
Amazing capture Lee, shortlisted
Dave
Rapido57 6 1 England
9 Aug 2010 8:58PM
Have to say this shot is just brilliant - well done!

Paul
Coleslaw 11 13.4k 28 Wales
9 Aug 2010 8:59PM
Probably better than your POTW, which is excellent already.
9 Aug 2010 9:48PM
superb
gareth
betts 8 1 England
9 Aug 2010 10:01PM
Everything about this action shot is awesome it's got the lot,,,,,
betts
9 Aug 2010 10:32PM
Fantastic Lee, Stunning shot congrats on all the awards and POTW all well deserved indeed.
LeeFisher 7 59 8 England
9 Aug 2010 10:43PM
Cheers for the comments guys, can't believe how positive the reaction to this shot has been Smile
fish
davey_griffo 7 213 165 England
9 Aug 2010 10:51PM
An unbelievable shot. Love the spray...is that why they're called osprey? Smile
9 Aug 2010 11:12PM
Superb, again,
Alan
Daisymaye Plus
8 23 10 Canada
10 Aug 2010 2:46AM
A magnificent capture. Love the wings, so graceful. And what a hunter. Most interesting and beautiful image..........Sandy
csurry 14 9.2k 92
10 Aug 2010 8:00AM
How comes you got so many flights towards the hide? I had one in 4 sessions, you lucky **%$%^@!
ValSaxby Plus
11 145 United Kingdom
10 Aug 2010 8:03AM
Stunning shot. The perfect inflight shot for me. Val
10 Aug 2010 8:49AM
Hi fish its all been said AMAZING, gray
whipspeed Plus
12 4.2k 22 United Kingdom
10 Aug 2010 11:36AM
Superb, the detail is pin sharp.
bunbeam 11 2 United Kingdom
10 Aug 2010 11:56AM
wow, awesome capture
bunSmile
LeeFisher 7 59 8 England
10 Aug 2010 4:06PM
Thanks for the UA Val much appreciatedSmile and thanks for all the comments.
Cheryl - All the ones I've had up close to the hide have come from pretty much the same sequence. I managed to rattle off about 8 shots of which I've now uploaded 5 Smile
fish
10 Aug 2010 5:31PM
Yet another cracker

Bob
LeeFisher 7 59 8 England
10 Aug 2010 5:48PM
Thanks for the award Mex Smile.
AlleyCatz 10 274 6 England
10 Aug 2010 5:59PM
Just superb Smile


~Alley~
10 Aug 2010 7:58PM
magnificent
csurry 14 9.2k 92
10 Aug 2010 8:04PM
Only one even started on this approach for me, and turned off almost as soon as it was clear of the water, even the approach was from the side, so managed two frames of it coming at me. However, it was with the stones as background and not the grass Sad

Did I tell you I hate you Wink
10 Aug 2010 8:51PM
Had to come back and give you my sticker Lee.... this must be an EC at the very least!

Jon
LeeFisher 7 59 8 England
10 Aug 2010 9:02PM
Thanks Jon, another one from you I'm honoured mateSmile Glad you like the shot.
fish
John_Humphreys 11 69 2 Ireland
10 Aug 2010 9:04PM
Simply excellent. I agree with all your comments about why you like the image too. John
LeeFisher 7 59 8 England
10 Aug 2010 9:08PM
It really is hit and miss. I got nowt on my second day Sad . I can sum up my osprey success in about 5 seconds worth of action. Would have been wounded if I was changing a memory card at that moment Wink

I see you're slowly coming round to a Finland trip then Cheryl Wink
These birds are ace. You will have forgotten all about the sea eagles after a few more osprey sessions Smile
Steve_S Plus
11 180 3 United Kingdom
11 Aug 2010 4:38PM
Simply stunning Lee. A fantastic capture. Have my award too
Steve
LeeFisher 7 59 8 England
11 Aug 2010 5:21PM
Thanks alot for the User award Steve. Great to get one off such a top bird photographer Smile
Was disappointed at first that this shot didn't get one of the main awards. But after such a great response from everyone and some user awards off some fantastic photographers this has more than made up for the this.
Thanks everyone, really appreciate the response.
Lee
11 Aug 2010 10:12PM
Can't believe this isn't an EC??????

Jon
oll1e Plus
9 57 2 United Kingdom
19 Aug 2010 2:13AM
i am at a loss Lee as to why this hasn't won an HC or EC as its just stunning .If i hadn't used my award already this would def get it .
wonderful image Smile
Glostopcat 10 255 2 England
20 Aug 2010 6:21PM
An outstanding image, you won't see any better wildlife images than that on here, that is for certain
Rapido57 6 1 England
19 Sep 2010 8:42PM
Reckon I've just seen this shot on the telly and will be seeing it in a calendar soon? Well done if it is yours!

Paul
LeeFisher 7 59 8 England
20 Sep 2010 6:11PM
Yes this shot is the countryfile entry Smile and thanks for the support,
Fish
Alan_Coles 10 177 11 Wales
20 Sep 2010 10:43PM
Best of luck Lee...it really is a stonking image...reckon if they could have picked whilst they were shortlisting you would have got it there and then!
LeeFisher 7 59 8 England
21 Sep 2010 4:06AM
thanks mate,
lee
GDO 6 23 Czech Republic
13 Dec 2010 9:38AM
what to say more than what has been sayed already...
outstanding, i can imagine it on some magazine cover.
13 Jun 2011 11:03AM
Simply Breathtaking

Tom
jayatu 6 India
11 Jul 2011 4:45PM
the greatest inflight shot i have ever seen.
an excellent capture indeed!
MikeRC Plus
11 3.6k United Kingdom
26 Sep 2013 4:26PM
....stunning stuff....best shot of an osprey/fish I've ever seen.
I'd be so proud if it were mine.
unfortunately too late to give it an award.....Mike

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