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Talons

By arhb      
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.

Tags: General Cairngorms Golden eagle Pets and captive animals North shots

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Comments


Wilmot 8 338 1 United Kingdom
27 Feb 2009 8:02AM
Stunning inflight capture,i love this
Steve

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27 Feb 2009 8:04AM
WOW, this is amazing/
Scott
Angi_Wallace 8 172 10 United Kingdom
27 Feb 2009 8:11AM
What a superb capture, absolutely top class. Angi
piccy 10 8 Wales
27 Feb 2009 8:12AM
Beautiful shot with those outstretched wings and talons ready to grab.
Freda
geniehawk 9 181 England
27 Feb 2009 8:14AM
Stunning image,well caught and good narrative.
Like the presentation.

Jeannie.
Buffalo_Tom Plus
10 2.3k 9 Wales
27 Feb 2009 8:16AM
Excellent image and write up.
Tom.
gwood 8 England
27 Feb 2009 8:17AM
Excellent capture with good detail..
Geoff
BangBang 7 51 United Kingdom
27 Feb 2009 8:18AM
Fantastic shot with perfect timing.
Stuart
27 Feb 2009 8:18AM
Superb Andrew.... fab comp and great detail.. loving this series

Jon
27 Feb 2009 8:19AM
Got to be winner,perfect image of THE KING
27 Feb 2009 8:20AM
awesome shot really show the power and grace of these gorgeous creatures
Cor 7 Belgium
27 Feb 2009 8:22AM
Top shot.
Cor.
27 Feb 2009 8:23AM
What a stunning capture.
Dave
27 Feb 2009 8:28AM
Really great action shot of this magnicant bird. Well done. Boyd
DavidWebb 9 3 England
27 Feb 2009 8:33AM
Amazing capture with incredible detail, looks even better enlarged. Regards David
goso 10 2 1 Australia
27 Feb 2009 8:34AM
Great capture Andrew - sharp as a tack......Bill
Ray42 8 3 England
27 Feb 2009 8:56AM
A stunning inflight capture
Gazzten 10 3 1 United Kingdom
27 Feb 2009 9:08AM
Awesome capture, great timing so near to the ground. Love it!
Garry
csurry 14 9.2k 92
27 Feb 2009 9:18AM
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.
FredF 9 1 France
27 Feb 2009 11:02AM
I am sure you had a lot of patient for this shot, fantastic. well done.

Fred
GazzaG2003 13 316 England
27 Feb 2009 11:32AM
brilliant inflight shot, like the space in front, great comp
colin beeley Plus
13 1.1k 10 England
27 Feb 2009 11:43AM
that is one hell of a shot !
Mynett 8 142 6 United Kingdom
27 Feb 2009 12:05PM
amazing shot
Linda
katieb 12 255 4 United Kingdom
27 Feb 2009 1:03PM
An amazing capture.
Kate
27 Feb 2009 2:49PM
Fabulous capture.
27 Feb 2009 3:33PM
wow wowsuperbshot
Dawn
User_Removed 9 2.2k 3 United Kingdom
27 Feb 2009 3:34PM
Which is where we get the expression 'Fed up'.
shandoor 7 1 United Kingdom
27 Feb 2009 3:47PM
Super super image wow such wonderful detail and lighting well timed
Alexa
49er 10 564
27 Feb 2009 4:14PM
really nice action shot..
pmorgan 9 217 13 England
27 Feb 2009 4:23PM
Simply fantastic!

Rgds
Paul
27 Feb 2009 5:23PM
CONGRATS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
iancam 8 23 England
27 Feb 2009 5:27PM
Excellent......
Ian
arhb Plus
9 3.1k 68 United Kingdom
27 Feb 2009 6:43PM
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.
LesF 9 182 9
27 Feb 2009 7:15PM
A superb capture

LesF
User_Removed 9 2.2k 3 United Kingdom
27 Feb 2009 7:37PM

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.
Steve_S Plus
10 180 3 United Kingdom
27 Feb 2009 8:12PM
I think this is a superb capture Andrew, great detail and comp
Steve
27 Feb 2009 9:29PM
Fantastic shot, i would love to have taken a shot like this. Exellent.

Jack.
teocali Plus
8 441 18 England
27 Feb 2009 9:58PM
Terrific capture - stunning detail and great movement.
Sylvia
FeatherFriend 8 38 217 England
27 Feb 2009 11:37PM
An outstanding shot Andrew in all respcts and congrats on the HC, well done.
Geoff.
norton 12 6 United Kingdom
28 Feb 2009 9:02PM
Stunning shot Andrew the detail and clarity are excellent.Well done on the HC.
Well timed and captured.......................

Tony.
MandyD Plus
7 16,777.2k 1 England
1 Mar 2009 10:36AM
Amazing capture!
Mandy
Amazing shot and well timed with talons fully extended. Congrats on the HC
Tom
Hazel 10 1 United States
6 Mar 2009 12:46AM
Stunning shot - congratulations!
ChazB 11 64 3 United Kingdom
7 Mar 2009 9:51PM
Stunning capture with wonderful detail.
Charlotte
cassiecat 8 39 46 England
8 Mar 2009 12:17AM
love it.lesley
NEWMANP Plus
8 1.6k 574 United Kingdom
8 Aug 2009 11:11PM
this the best in flight i have seen
Phil
MikeRC Plus
11 3.6k United Kingdom
6 Jan 2010 2:31PM
....'wot a shot...this is stunning...so envious.

....Mike
Bonico 6 Romania
9 Sep 2010 12:01PM
Good capture!
Bogdan

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