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Wing and a Prayer

Wing and a Prayer
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Copyright: Andrew Roberts (proberts) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 30 W: 0 N: 60] (646)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 300D, Sigma 50-500 F/4-6.3 EX HSM
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/640 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): !!! STOLEN PHOTOS !!! (II), jmp *1, Karatash's other favorite -I-, Birds in Flight, !!! STOLEN PHOTOS !!! I, Owls, Master hunters!, Trentaure at its Best [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-03-06 14:37
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Favorites: 19 [view]
Points: 160
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An Eagle Owl at a flying display at the Bird of Prey centre at Newent,Glouscester last year.
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Beautiful shot!! Maybe you could have gotten the entire owl in focus if you increase the ISO and DOF? Anyway .. very good shot :)

Hi Andrew,
brilliant shot.
Well done

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2006-03-06 15:22]
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Very nice shot of this hunter,nice colours and good POV,well done and all of this with the bigma,I am curious or this shot is handheld on or a tripod

Very well captured Andrew,
Good detail, colours and sharpness.
Composition and exposure are good. Good POV, timing and framing.
Thanks for posting, have a great week.

Brillaiant capture Andrew, love the curve of the wings.

Hi Andrew!
Excellent in flight shot. Great lighting & colors, clear details and sharpness, nice POV,BG and contrast. This is an excellent framing. Well done. Congratulations.Have nice days...

Hi Andrew, nice detailed in flight capture, good focus on the eye.


Hello Andrew,
Very interesting shot. You captured a very good moment of this owl in flight.
Sharpness is on the head, which is OK. Fresh colours. Well done.
Regards, Ruud

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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2006-03-06 16:42]

Hello Andrew ,very nice shot ,hi is beautiful , good colours sharpnes pov and dof
good job ,Thanks Greeting Teunie .

I love this. The framing is great with him looking on through the picture. The crispness of the color is stunning. I love the red eyes.
Great Job!!!!!!!

Salut Elena
C'est une superbe belle prise de vue d'un si bel oiseau.Belle composition,les couleurs sont sensationnelles,et bravo pour les détails Bravo et au revoir....JP

Very good picture of this owl. I love the colours and the background out of focus. Congratulatinos!

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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2006-03-06 18:32]

Hi Andrew,
Beautiful shot, excellent composition and detail, love the way you've caught the wings in a downward forward position. A Beautiful bird and your image does it great justice.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-03-06 19:35]

Great capture, Andrew. Love the pose.
The head of the owl seems a bit oversharpened.
Great DOF.
TFS. : )

Great in flight capture Andrew! Red eyes are just amazing! Good composition with beautiful green background. Excellent details. TFS!

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  • TPAKT Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 97 W: 21 N: 20] (89)
  • [2006-03-07 11:04]

Privet Andrew.
Very much it is pleasant!! A magnificent photo of a flying owl. A rarity.

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2006-03-07 13:02]

Hello Andrew, amazing capture; sharpness, colors, light, composition, everything is excellent !

Simplemente impresionante, tanto en la imagen de ave, como en la calidad de la fotografía. Mi enhorabuena.

Un saludo

Wow, this is fantastic.
The position of the wings is great, it looks like Darth Vader's tie fighter!
If I took a photo this good I'd be extremely proud.
Composition, colours and exposure are all spot on.
A narrower crop would have enabled you to do a long post which would be nice for us to see the full size image!

A fantasic Photo of an Indian Eagle Owl in Flight.
The best one I've seen up to now.
I think it really stands out with you blurring the background. Lovely colours & details also.
Will be thinking of this photo when taking my owl shots.Well done!!

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  • ptMan Silver Star Critiquer [C: 13 W: 5 N: 14] (88)
  • [2006-08-20 22:21]

Beautiful picture. My wife and I have been chasing an owl and I know it's not easy trying to get their picture all the time. Excellent clarity, great job all around.

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  • yan (133)
  • [2006-08-25 6:21]

Fantastic. wish you have with the wings spread

Owls are my favourite birds and this is a great in-flight shot indeed! i like its red eyes, what a beauty! Superb moment superbly freezed. Details, sharpness all are amazing. pov, framing are wonderful also. With the great bg this capture is superb and have to jump to my favourites.

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  • kona Silver Star Critiquer [C: 35 W: 3 N: 0] (875)
  • [2006-09-13 21:10]

AWESOME! Superb capture, magnificent lighting and movement!,Best wishes, kona

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2006-09-13 21:29]

Fantastique prise.

Félicitations et merci.

A really superb view of this bird. Great focus on the eye, the green background sets off the owl's colors perfectly.

Wonderful photo, brilliant composition and POV! TFS - Xplorator Radu

great shot! Nitin

Beautiful capture of a wonderful Eagle Owl! Love the eye color against the plumage and how the face is even more distinguished by the dark background. PERFECT capture!

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  • Adam73 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 208 W: 5 N: 522] (2253)
  • [2006-10-11 15:21]

Very extraorindary shot. Very sharp, motion blur in the wings, exposure, composition and back ground blur are amazing. Very beautiful

Beautiful eagle owl flight shot, right on the money. Excellent POV; detail, & colour. Great work andrew.

Beautiful capture ! Rare.

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  • deud Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 438 W: 11 N: 534] (2540)
  • [2006-12-05 1:25]

wow! great action! amazing in-flight shot! fantastic look in his eyes! full of concentration. tfs

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  • jack123 (306)
  • [2006-12-31 12:49]

super andrew tout y es le cadrage la netteté le sujet qui est top
rien a redire a part bravo

Stunning capture, tack sharp. Well done

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2007-01-24 8:17]

Wow Great I mean the shot not the eagle!!!!!Wonderful

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2007-02-01 9:02]

Hello Andrew,
Fantastic!! A master-piece!!


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  • OzBY Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 183 W: 2 N: 351] (1355)
  • [2007-02-11 4:54]

Hello Andrew,

Great capture of this owl flight.
Great sharpness, color and background


Hello Andrew:

GREAT Caught !!!
This is outstanding photograph.
Well composed with a good DOF.


Simple... great shoot :D great...

amazing shot Andrew....:-o


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  • methos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 213 W: 51 N: 281] (1189)
  • [2007-03-20 15:10]

Hi Andrew,
Lovely colors, excellent details and great BG. What an eye!!
TFS this amazing in-flight!

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  • DOBIS Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 126 W: 16 N: 170] (632)
  • [2007-03-20 15:39]

Great shot! Really

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-03-21 17:04]

Hi Andrew,
More that perfect capture! Pose is absolutely wonderful!
TFS, José M.

beautiful and accurate photography, can be seen the concentration in the flight, simply spectacular.

Superb panning.You could have cropped it from the right side to bring the bird in center. However, this picture gives an impression as if you are giving it adequate space in front for it to fly ;) Cheers

I'd call this a "perfect owl photo".
Congratulations on the good job.

Certainly a favourite, Andrew.


Beautiful. Nice detail and I especially like the owl's eyes.

Hi Andrew,

Wauw, what a good shot. Excellent. Very good POV. BG is OKE. Sharp and bright. The shutterspeed is a little bit to low??

Weldone. Regards and TFS


Magnifique cadrage, magnifique photo, magnifique animal, enfin pour résumer MAGNIFIQUE


Amazing !!!
REally good picture!
perfect definition, and focusing!! 1/640!!!!

WOW and WOWIE WOWIE. This is a as FANTASTIC as it gets!! LOVE IT.

Hello Andrew,
what an amazing photo, the shot like hes frozen in time...beautiful sharp focus on this quick moving object...beautiful colors...love it.TFS

What an impressive shot!


Hello Andrew,
This is a very excellent picture of this Eagle Owl.Sharpness and BG is excellent.TFS

wow perfekt shot
perfekt timing and amazing colours
fantastic shot

Hello Andrew,
Nothing less than fantastic can define this picture. To capture birds in flight is very difficult, and when you do it well with an amazing creature like this owl you have a perfect shot. Well done!

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  • derco Silver Note Writer [C: 3 W: 0 N: 24] (273)
  • [2007-07-06 17:04]


just 1 word...


Phenomenal! May I have a print, please?

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  • fergs Silver Note Writer [C: 0 W: 0 N: 10] (81)
  • [2007-08-25 12:16]

Andrew, Birds of prey and owls are my passion and I know how difficult it is to get a shot this good. DOF is fine for the lens that you have and the wing blur is great to show the movement and at 1/640 I'm surprised it's as sharp as it is in the wings.
If I had to say anything negative it that it looks just a tad over sharpened for me.

Great job on a difficult capure.

I found your owl staring at me here... I remembered your shot when I saw it elsewhere!

Some lil shyte who calls himself Musty has stolen oodles of photos from us < members at TrekNature >

Thought you would wanna know! I recognized your shot!

PS I have added it to my list !!! STOLEN PHOTOS !!!

And found it on a second site! Also added
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Hi Andrew,

perfect moment capture and excellent sharpness



wow ! what a Majestic bird..!! TFS.

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  • irimi Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 34 W: 2 N: 49] (266)
  • [2007-11-02 3:30]

Hello Andrew,
I really liked this photo. It's been well composed and very well focused. I think the DoF is excellent that the bird is standing out against a rather distracting background. well done.

Hi Andrew,
Very well captured. Excellent.
Good detail, colours and sharpness.
Composition and exposure are good. Good POV, timing and framing.
Cheers from Hong Kong.

Wonderful shot! The left wing is lacking a bit in sharpness,. but u captured a great moment.

this is a very perfect shot.....
fantastic sharpness colors details
great capture Andrew,my compliments

best regards sERGIO

outstanding photo - congrats

super capsture

AWESOME pic ! Difficult shot to have taken. Very cool !

Hi Andrew
Very beautiful photo, the colors and the pose is wonderful
friendly Cyber-Rayder

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  • Djozz Silver Note Writer [C: 5 W: 0 N: 13] (360)
  • [2008-03-18 11:42]

Nice capture: sharp, good colours and composition.
It's a wonderfull shot ...
Greetzz Djozz

Very difficult shot and excellent capture of this wonderful animal!
Regards, Tibi!


One in a million capture of an Eagle owl in flight, great capture of the eyes
Regards Richarde

Very nice shot


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  • CLODO (7)
  • [2008-10-09 10:49]

Well framed, sharp, good colours, .. what else?

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  • Arjun Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 358 W: 7 N: 1237] (7593)
  • [2008-10-15 10:20]

ohhh what a picture.
TFS a lot

Hello Andrew.
Fantastic photo

What I love is the excellent sharpness. The luminous colors of the green background contrasting with the brown tones of the owl. Very good composition with the owl in the right place.

That's the shapest picture of an owl flying, the details are perfect, as well as the framing and bacdkground. Wonderful work, congratulations!

really nice capture

Terrific image. Amazing detail and colour

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  • brech Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 53 W: 60 N: 95] (267)
  • [2010-12-27 20:00]

Excellent capture with great "eye clarity" of subject.

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  • Etka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 95 W: 0 N: 59] (514)
  • [2011-07-01 7:40]

Rewelacyjne ujęcie. Gratuluję. Pozdrawiam

This is just brilliant! What a wonderful capture!

Hello Andrew,
brilliant in flight shot!!! Excellent sharpness and details.Very well done.
Best regards, João Edgar

Awesome flight shot...


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