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By ron thomas      
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.


Tags: Wildlife and nature

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VinceJones 13 862 United Kingdom
2 Aug 2005 11:51AM
Now you are just showing off Ron lol. Cracking shot!!!!!!!!!! Love the feather, simply adds loads to the image

Happy 500th


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Ade_Osman 15 4.5k 36 England
2 Aug 2005 11:54AM
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!

SueTurner 13 81 3 England
2 Aug 2005 11:59AM
Nice one, well done
jeanie Plus
14 6.0k 6 United Kingdom
2 Aug 2005 12:01PM
A special moment and a special upload. Great story to go with the picture.
Boyd 14 11.2k 11 Wales
2 Aug 2005 12:02PM
I can see why this would be one of your favourites Ron. Made me smile.
Great stuff.
AngieLatham 13 790 2 United Kingdom
2 Aug 2005 12:06PM
Ron this is just super! What a wonderfull capture! One of my absolute faves of yours Smile
Beautifull and extreamly endearing.
all the best
ericfaragh Plus
14 149 4 United Kingdom
2 Aug 2005 12:06PM
Lol, lovely capture, well done Ron.
heatherb 13 23 United Kingdom
2 Aug 2005 12:06PM
that's so good, i think i would have chopped a little more off the top it would look good square
2 Aug 2005 12:17PM
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.

Tom_H 13 48 1 United Kingdom
2 Aug 2005 12:17PM
Fantastic shot, great timing.
proz 13 205 United States
2 Aug 2005 12:23PM
an excellent shot!
John_Wannop 13 95 Wales
2 Aug 2005 12:28PM
Excellent Ron, love the expression on the birds face. Well, done.

MartinjD 13 171
2 Aug 2005 12:38PM
Fabulous - priceless

Well done

joko 14 1 Bulgaria
2 Aug 2005 12:47PM
Great shot.

2 Aug 2005 12:57PM
its beautiful.. no rehearsal with wildlife.. and just think this moment captured is so special..and beautiful Smile..)))

Maddie 13 2.7k 2 United Kingdom
2 Aug 2005 12:57PM
great capture ron
2 Aug 2005 12:58PM
Nicely composed, and made me laugh too :0)

Mari 14 1.8k United Kingdom
2 Aug 2005 12:58PM
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
kengreen 14 16 Sweden
2 Aug 2005 1:01PM
Lovely shot. Who cares about the sharpness, its a great capture of as you say a fleeting moment.
bill c 14 1 England
2 Aug 2005 1:26PM
Great shot, Ron. Perfectly timed. Well caught!!

keith selmes 14 7.3k 1 United Kingdom
2 Aug 2005 1:40PM
What ? 'I don't believe it'! Almost a pictorial essay on being prepared. caught a marvellous moment.
firzhugh 13 13 New Zealand
2 Aug 2005 1:46PM
great capture. nice pose and expression
PatrickSmith 13 1.2k 2 United States
2 Aug 2005 1:50PM
I'm making sure I have my camera ready at all times! Nice story and a fortuitous capture.
PaulG 13 63 New Zealand
2 Aug 2005 1:51PM
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*
dalischone 13 295 Scotland
2 Aug 2005 2:04PM
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.

mattberry 13 259 14 Greece
2 Aug 2005 2:20PM
Brilliant story and capture, one in a million really! Thanks for sharing it with us.

kit-monster 14 3.7k 2 Singapore
2 Aug 2005 2:23PM
That's very special . . . thanks so much for sharing.

glazzaro 13 70 23 United States
2 Aug 2005 8:45PM
Wow, this put a smile on my face, what a unique shot, excellent! Spot on! Click!!!

Miles Herbert Plus
15 1.9k 4 United Kingdom
2 Aug 2005 10:12PM
Lol... as Greg said... unique.
pfheyes 14 254 1 United Kingdom
2 Aug 2005 11:52PM
Yeah, it's not tack sharp, but the timing is superb.

Kris_Dutson 15 8.2k 1 England
3 Aug 2005 1:27AM
Right place, right time counts for a lot, as this proves.

starstriders 13 1.6k United Kingdom
3 Aug 2005 2:11AM
Excellent moment captured. I really like this - v peaceful. A real one off shot in completely wild circumstances. Fantastic.
RichardB 13 328 United Kingdom
3 Aug 2005 2:28AM
Congrats. Smile
urban-hero 14 23 United Kingdom
3 Aug 2005 4:34AM
Superb shot, well captured!

3 Aug 2005 6:19AM
This is superb, worth keeping a camera handy at all times, this shot proves it!

3 Aug 2005 9:14AM
Ex has it Right place, right time
ron thomas Plus
14 11 1 United Kingdom
3 Aug 2005 10:01AM
All of the clicks & comments are very much appreciated, thank you to everyone.

u08mcb 14 5.8k
3 Aug 2005 10:45AM
Fantastic and well done.
klewis 13 1.9k 1 United Kingdom
5 Aug 2005 11:34PM
Beautifully captured image, it has alot of charm.

I would be tempted to clone out the fence wire?
Julian 13 76 3 United Kingdom
5 Aug 2006 9:49PM
Superb capture and dedication for this shot. Well done.

bzbee Plus
14 102 3 United Kingdom
28 Aug 2006 5:31AM
wonderful moment captured beautifully
Alison_S Plus
12 339 United Kingdom
7 Jan 2007 11:29AM
Superb.......absolutely beautiful capture.

29 Jan 2007 10:03PM
how lovely......lucky you
stephy 10
29 May 2008 8:49PM
top image
Taking wildlife photography to a much higher level. A joy to look at, must have been a tremendous experience to cature it.
fvg 9 Argentina
14 Jan 2009 4:27PM
Wonderfull Picture!

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