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Surfin' the Marsh

Surfin' the Marsh
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Copyright: Lesley Mattuchio (Lesley) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 297 W: 13 N: 913] (2988)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-01-04
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark II, Canon EF100-400 IS
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/640 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-01-05 8:49
Viewed: 3787
Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Following Callie's lead with a raptor inflight shot, but not as well done, here is my offering of a Short-eared Owl hunting over the salt marsh. These handsome owls are difficult to photograph as they are rather skiddish. They fly by and then double back making several passes , so I had to run to keep up with this swift hunter. Now that I have found a pair I will endeavor to do better next time.

The Short-eared Owl is the most aerial owl and can be easily confused with the Northern Harrier ( Marsh Hawk ). It is found in any open area such as marhes, fields, tundras, coursing for food like rodents. They often hunt in daylight as this was. It was just after noon time when I photographed it. They are really cool looking owls and have a easy floatie type of flight. it's wing beats are stiffer than the Northern Harrier and wings are usually bowed.

Fisher, carper, JeanMichel, Robbrown, ellis49, willie, Callie, rlortie, milloup, gerhardt has marked this note useful
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Great performance to shoot this so sharp and well exposed. I like the isolated subject in the air on that kind of BG. Light has a nice effect by transparency on the wings. Now that he/she knows you, he/she might want to become a star on the next shots :-). I really like it, Lesley.

Well done on the capture of the the flying Owl. Pictures not often seen. I liked your story behind this shot. :)


Wauw Lesley what a capture you made here,
Fantastic, I saw owls during the flight but even a had look it was away. So you must be realy sharp and fast on that moment, very good note, great job

Very good flight-in Lesley.
Great composition, good sharpness and composition.
And I like the light.
Great work.

Nice capture lesley a typical veiw of this bird as most people would get to see it.the bird is well seen and sharp even with this amount of BG which give a good idea of the large open spaces that they like so much.

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  • edji Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 83 W: 8 N: 22] (426)
  • [2005-01-05 13:31]

Nice shot, good framing.

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  • willie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1023 W: 61 N: 648] (2083)
  • [2005-01-05 14:07]

Excellent work Lesley. IMO the best you have posted yet. Great work

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  • Callie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1101 W: 95 N: 2610] (7555)
  • [2005-01-05 15:38]

Ah! This is SO nice, Lesley. We have march owls that look a lot like this and sometimes when going to Marievale, I am lucky enough to see them flying, but never could get a lens on any, so I know how difficult this is and 10/10 for getting him on the wing, and that with good texture and details!
As a small suggestion I would crop off the top part of the shy where the mottled whites show, I think it will change the perspective in the frame ever so slightly to a stronger compo, but that's just my gut feel.

Leslie, I know how difficult it is to capture a raptor in flight and you succeeded very well. Your shot is just great. Clear enough to see the face, the eyes, and the details in the feathers. And you gave him enough room to fly in front of him. Congratulations! Very, very good.

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2005-01-06 3:22]

Now I'm jealous. An owl in flight is high on my wishlist! This is a stunning shot that you captured very well. I like the composition a lot.

Very well done and thanks for posting

Composition: ****
Sharpness: ***
Color: ****
DOF: ***
POV: ****

Great shot as always, it would be a great panoramic.

Beautiful capture with very good details on the bird, I like how you can almost see "the path" he's taking. One idea might be to clone out the building in the bg, as it's recognizable as such despite being entirely oof - it's too regular to be anything else ;-)

No WOW factor? :) ... sure.

Brilliant shot, Lesley. I still have an owl on my wishlist (on a branch would do). The backlight adds a nice touch and the eye contact is superb. Such a nice shot. Well done.

excellent bird, very good photo.

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