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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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Howeird 12 1 Scotland
9 Aug 2010 3:59PM
WOW fantastic image.. reflection is amazing.
Well done
9 Aug 2010 4:04PM
Fantastic !

RobMacd 15 21 United Kingdom
9 Aug 2010 4:07PM
Perfect !!!!

mickjoy 15 United Kingdom
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
16 1.9k 5 Scotland
9 Aug 2010 4:13PM
Detail & reflection just great, all the more dramatic being 'head-on'.
Wow, what can anyone say about a shot like this, Outstanding, what a fantastic picture.
gregl 17 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!!

GillyB 16 317 8 United Kingdom
9 Aug 2010 4:25PM
Superb photography!

ChazB 16 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!
LeeFisher 12 59 8 England
9 Aug 2010 4:32PM
Thanks for the GEA Charlotte Smile
dmhuynh72 14 47 3 United Kingdom
9 Aug 2010 4:34PM
Congrats on another award, superb image.

RonnieAG Plus
12 154 119 Scotland
9 Aug 2010 4:35PM
Superbly timed and captured shot, and congrats. on the GEA.
SurreyHillsMan 14 27 2 England
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!
LeeFisher 12 59 8 England
9 Aug 2010 4:42PM
Thanks for the positive feedback everyone.
JillyW 11 1 United Kingdom
9 Aug 2010 4:44PM
Superb image, excellent timing and wonderful reflections. Stunning.
9 Aug 2010 4:50PM
Willmer Plus
13 98 Wales
9 Aug 2010 5:13PM
Nice shot

rontear Plus
18 23 9 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.
maggieh 13 4 United Kingdom
9 Aug 2010 5:32PM
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 !
cheesey 15 2 United Kingdom
9 Aug 2010 5:42PM
Stunning image, well captured.
bokeh 13 2 Romania
9 Aug 2010 5:44PM
stunning capture,excellent timming
Suehh 15 39 6 England
9 Aug 2010 5:51PM

LeeFisher 12 59 8 England
9 Aug 2010 5:56PM
Thanks very much for the UA Dean Smile .
MikeH 17 218 4 United Kingdom
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,
LeeFisher 12 59 8 England
9 Aug 2010 6:13PM
Thanks Mike for the award am glad you like the shot Smile
PattiW 16 24 2 United States
9 Aug 2010 6:15PM
And I can see why! Awesome capture! Patti
MikeMar 15 6 United Kingdom
9 Aug 2010 6:41PM
What can I say "FANTASTIC"
JeniTLC 13 United Kingdom
9 Aug 2010 6:56PM
proberts 17 218 4 Wales
9 Aug 2010 7:09PM
Thats got to be one of the best i have seen. A real stunner. Well done.
maggie9 13 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

EAS 12 1 13 Scotland
9 Aug 2010 7:13PM
Very fine image indeed. Congrats on those awards.

pluckyfilly 15 351 33 United Kingdom
9 Aug 2010 7:15PM
excellent and I love it - best of the lot that you have uploaded recently
lianna 12 13 United Kingdom
9 Aug 2010 7:22PM
Excellent!!!!!! i love the reflection... really well done with the awards!! x x
LeeFisher 12 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.
tomcat 16 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

Rach1970 13 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
Shroomer 15 14 167 England
9 Aug 2010 8:05PM
Outstanding head on capture timed to perfection Fish
Dave_Holdham 12 4 1 Wales
9 Aug 2010 8:12PM
Superb image, well captured
DannoM 13 58 England
9 Aug 2010 8:14PM
An award winner mate. Love it
mondmagu 11 75 Ireland
9 Aug 2010 8:24PM
Another cracker Lee,superb shot.

User_Removed 11 10 1 United Kingdom
9 Aug 2010 8:37PM
Amazing capture Lee, shortlisted
Rapido57 12 1 England
9 Aug 2010 8:58PM
Have to say this shot is just brilliant - well done!

Coleslaw 16 13.4k 28 Wales
9 Aug 2010 8:59PM
Probably better than your POTW, which is excellent already.
9 Aug 2010 9:48PM
betts 13 1 England
9 Aug 2010 10:01PM
Everything about this action shot is awesome it's got the lot,,,,,
Brian_Scott 12 42 27 United Kingdom
9 Aug 2010 10:32PM
Fantastic Lee, Stunning shot congrats on all the awards and POTW all well deserved indeed.
LeeFisher 12 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
davey_griffo 12 213 165 England
9 Aug 2010 10:51PM
An unbelievable shot. Love the that why they're called osprey? Smile
9 Aug 2010 11:12PM
Superb, again,
Daisymaye Plus
13 23 20 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 19 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 16 146 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 17 4.2k 22 United Kingdom
10 Aug 2010 11:36AM
Superb, the detail is pin sharp.
bunbeam 16 2 United Kingdom
10 Aug 2010 11:56AM
wow, awesome capture
LeeFisher 12 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
cabbie Plus
14 31 United Kingdom
10 Aug 2010 5:31PM
Yet another cracker

LeeFisher 12 59 8 England
10 Aug 2010 5:48PM
Thanks for the award Mex Smile.
AlleyCatz 15 274 6 England
10 Aug 2010 5:59PM
Just superb Smile

sparrowhawk Plus
13 282 2 United Kingdom
10 Aug 2010 7:58PM
csurry 19 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
SurreyHillsMan 14 27 2 England
10 Aug 2010 8:51PM
Had to come back and give you my sticker Lee.... this must be an EC at the very least!

LeeFisher 12 59 8 England
10 Aug 2010 9:02PM
Thanks Jon, another one from you I'm honoured mateSmile Glad you like the shot.
John_Humphreys 16 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 12 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
16 183 3 United Kingdom
11 Aug 2010 4:38PM
Simply stunning Lee. A fantastic capture. Have my award too
LeeFisher 12 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.
SurreyHillsMan 14 27 2 England
11 Aug 2010 10:12PM
Can't believe this isn't an EC??????

oll1e 14 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 15 255 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 12 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!

LeeFisher 12 59 8 England
20 Sep 2010 6:11PM
Yes this shot is the countryfile entry Smile and thanks for the support,
Alan_Coles 16 178 11 Wales
20 Sep 2010 10:43PM
Best of luck really is a stonking image...reckon if they could have picked whilst they were shortlisting you would have got it there and then!
LeeFisher 12 59 8 England
21 Sep 2010 4:06AM
thanks mate,
GDO 11 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.
budapestbill 13 30 1 United Kingdom
13 Jun 2011 11:03AM
Simply Breathtaking

jayatu 11 India
11 Jul 2011 4:45PM
the greatest inflight shot i have ever seen.
18 Jul 2011 9:53PM
an excellent capture indeed!
MikeRC 16 3.6k United Kingdom
26 Sep 2013 4:26PM
....stunning 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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