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Flying fish

By MartinjD
Yep - another puffin!! or sand eel load carrier.

They were really busy yesterday bringing in their catches, running the gaunlet of the gulls. Saw a few get mugged on the ground, just after they had landed and before they got down their burrows. In flight, the gulls were no match for the puffins.

We got the day right for the weather anyhow.

I tried time after time to get one with this back drop - must empty my recycle bin now!!

Tried all focus modes - resorted to manual, trying to pick them up early and stay with it throughout. Many failures!!

Hope you like- best in large.


Tags: Wildlife and nature

Voters: AngelaR, danpen, gemm and 40 more

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AngelaR 17 155 United Kingdom
24 Jun 2005 9:57AM
Yes, like it - like the flight of the wings and the colours.
danpen 18 15 United Kingdom
24 Jun 2005 9:59AM
Great Shot, I like the blur of the wing-tips, give a good impression of movement.
gemm 18 800 United Kingdom
24 Jun 2005 10:02AM
Excellent capture. Yes, the slight movement of the tip of the wing is very effective.
proberts 18 218 4 Wales
24 Jun 2005 10:06AM
Excellent capture Martin,at least you got some inflight.
MartinWait 18 95 United Kingdom
24 Jun 2005 10:14AM
Superb capture.

Maddie 17 2.7k 2 United Kingdom
24 Jun 2005 10:14AM
lovely capture
taggart Plus
18 47 15 United States
24 Jun 2005 10:17AM
Excellent capture--great colors , details, dof and tracking!
Ade_Osman 19 4.5k 36 England
24 Jun 2005 10:20AM
Glad to know I'm not the only one with a recycle bin overflowing with stuffed in-flight shots!....But I did get a few, which I'm happy about, they're tricky little customers to say the least and you've done well here Martin....

VinceJones 17 862 United Kingdom
24 Jun 2005 10:42AM
Dead jealous Martin, lol, this a cracking flight shot & with sand eels. Well done!

I see you took this with the 70-200, can I ask how much has this been cropped from the main image?

Keep up the good work.

MartinjD 17 171
24 Jun 2005 10:56AM
thanks to everybody who has taken the time to view and comment - it is very much appreciated

Vince - down from 3504 pix to 2350 on the long egde

geoffash26 18 2.5k United Kingdom
24 Jun 2005 11:05AM
Wounderful capture good detail dof and motion blur on the wings
24 Jun 2005 11:14AM
Another great shot Martin.

laura16 18 606
24 Jun 2005 11:49AM
The face is really clear, well done. I like the wing tips being blurred with the movement of flight, really good.
Bluke 17 303 1 United Kingdom
24 Jun 2005 12:05PM
excellent shot ''
goatster 18 399
24 Jun 2005 12:35PM
Good effort Martin, I also tried every which way of getting them in flight - and gave up!!

kuzwing 18 United Kingdom
24 Jun 2005 12:59PM
Great shot Martin
Terry L 18 609 5 England
24 Jun 2005 1:06PM
Nice in-flight capture Martin, the large version is well worth taking time to look at.

xinia 17 54
24 Jun 2005 1:20PM
a fantastic capture - your hard work really payed off
kinfatric 18 550 9 Scotland
24 Jun 2005 1:39PM
great action shot of nature
jules41 18 197 United Kingdom
24 Jun 2005 2:00PM
This is excellent,superb colours and DOF,hope you did'nt get sunburnt like Andrew and Ade :o)
well captured
Shaun_W 17 102
24 Jun 2005 2:39PM
A superb shot. Perserverance has paid off.

MartinjD 17 171
24 Jun 2005 2:42PM
Thanks for all the recent comments - it is very much appreciated and thanks to Pete for the HC - my first - yipeee!!

lovelylindax 18 16
24 Jun 2005 3:02PM
Brilliant - have an RC too xxx
MartinjD 17 171
24 Jun 2005 3:03PM
Cheers Linda
klewis 18 1.9k 1 United Kingdom
24 Jun 2005 3:12PM
Congrats Martin, lovely image which is bl%$dy hard to get! Almost as hard as getting a HC lol
User_Removed 17 4.9k England
24 Jun 2005 3:13PM
Great shot, Can't be easy to capture in flight, from what I've seen they are right flappers.
Col ps.Congrats on your HC well done.
MartinjD 17 171
24 Jun 2005 3:14PM
Many thanks Kev - know wot u mean!!

PatrickSmith 17 1.2k 2 United States
24 Jun 2005 4:46PM
Whew! So clean an image from so far away travelling at such a high rate of speed. Amazing.
glazzaro 17 70 23 United States
24 Jun 2005 6:17PM
Beautiful shot, nice detail! Congrats on the award, well deserved! Spot on! Click!!!

yjjeep 18 13
24 Jun 2005 6:28PM
No like-LOVE.Wildlife photography at it's best.

ericfaragh Plus
18 149 6 United Kingdom
24 Jun 2005 11:57PM
Great mid-flight capture, nice panning, well done.
Denise 21 279
25 Jun 2005 12:39AM
A very difficult capture, but one that you managed extremely well.
Pete_g 17 327 United Kingdom
25 Jun 2005 3:33AM
Great capture Martin...well done
25 Jun 2005 4:16AM
Great Capture. They are not easy to catch when on the wing.
suzieosman 18 66 United Kingdom
29 Jun 2005 11:54AM
Wonderful capture Martin....Congrats on the HC....Sue

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