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Conrad Tan
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A few weeks ago I contacted Mike Lentz about his GGO photographs. We decided I'll trade my Whitetail Kite spots for his GGOs! A few weeks later I was with several FMers hunting down this beauty! On the last day, we decided we wanted more of this action, so we walked the forests of Sax-Zim Bog in minus 21 degree cold trying to relocate this bird. My fingers and feet began to freeze, and I didn't feel the slope getting steeper under the 2 feet of snow. Eventually I planted my right foot under a log or something and fell forward and twisted to catch my fall. By the time it was over my foot turned counterclockwise 180 degrees and I heard a snap. I called out for Ant (who was 20 yards away) who helped me back into the car. Now the doctor says I have a choice, surgery (with all the possible complications associated) in a couple days when the swelling goes down which will ensure proper healing, or just put a heavy cast on it as it is a clean break, and take the chance of it healing a little off, which could cause a permanent limp and arthritis. I haven't decided yet what to do, but I am looking at at least 8 weeks of immobility then 4 to 6 months before full recovery. I tell you guys and gals, bird photography is DANGEROUS BUSINESS! I'll post one image a day or so until I get better or until I run out of material, whichever comes first. Haha! I am also very happy to take any donations of your RAW files you don't have time to process to occupy my time. I'm quite serious! Send the files to my email at conradtanphotography@gmail.com

A few more to come... but let's start with this shot!








Jan 30, 2013 at 05:01 AM
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Hey, a shot like that almost makes it worthwhile.

You could always make a pair of snowshoes while you are recuperating.

Tony



Jan 30, 2013 at 05:06 AM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · This is why I broke my ankle!


Absolutely Stunning !! GWS


Jan 30, 2013 at 05:07 AM
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That is incredible. It's about a 5 hour drive for me. I will have to go there at some point.

Beautiful Owl



Jan 30, 2013 at 05:14 AM
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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · This is why I broke my ankle!


Hey man. Hats off to your spirit!! Get well soooon


Jan 30, 2013 at 05:14 AM
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p.1 #6 · p.1 #6 · This is why I broke my ankle!


Conrad, awesome shot as per the norm with you. I hope the cold
numbed your ankle so it didn't hurt so bad when it happened.
Here is to a speedy recovery my friend.



-Tim



Jan 30, 2013 at 05:21 AM
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p.1 #7 · p.1 #7 · This is why I broke my ankle!


Conrad, that is one fantastic photo. Sell one to me. Heal FAST, brother!
Lonnie



Jan 30, 2013 at 05:24 AM
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p.1 #8 · p.1 #8 · This is why I broke my ankle!


And you didn't think you'd find any GGOs. Man, this is a great shot buddy. Makes ME wanna get on a plane.

Get the foot fixed. I need you to be mobile for when I do make my way south.



H



Jan 30, 2013 at 05:52 AM
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p.1 #9 · p.1 #9 · This is why I broke my ankle!


Beautiful Conrad

well done - - except for the breaking of your ankle - - now my question to you is - -

Was it worth it

Conrad - it's a beautiful shot. I can't advice what to do. Maybe Ant can....

Just get well so we can see more like these

Lil



Jan 30, 2013 at 05:57 AM
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p.1 #10 · p.1 #10 · This is why I broke my ankle!


Friggin awesome! I'm not sure it was quite worth the injury but it is an incredible shot. I hope all goes well regardless what you decide to do...and frankly considering the injury you have been an amazing sport and seemingly in good humor....
Get well soon!
Eric



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I love owls of any kind. This is a great shot with nice color in the eyes. Hope you've thawed out. Get well.

- Bruce



Jan 30, 2013 at 06:27 AM
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HOLY GUACAMOLE CONRAD ... that is AMAZING !! Good thing that Owl didn't think you were a mouse when you fell or you would be mincemeat.

Get well soon,
Tom




Jan 30, 2013 at 08:33 AM
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p.1 #13 · p.1 #13 · This is why I broke my ankle!


great shot.. and story Conrad


Jan 30, 2013 at 08:42 AM
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Wow, KILLER shot!! Were you guys using snowshoes? I've only been to the bog in the summer, and it's basically impossible to walk through because, well, it's a bog. I suppose it might actually be more navigable in the winter, strange as that may seem.


Jan 30, 2013 at 08:46 AM
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another amazing pic from you

sorry to hear about your ankle, hope it mends fast



Jan 30, 2013 at 10:42 AM
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A truly fine capture Conrad but I'm not sure it would be worth the damage done if it were me.

You could always make a pair of snowshoes while you are recuperating.

Yeah, chewing all that rawhide would take a while.

Mike



Jan 30, 2013 at 10:54 AM
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p.1 #17 · p.1 #17 · This is why I broke my ankle!


Wow, this shot is great, hope that your time passes quickly,might just take you up on your offer to process a raw image, take care & best of luck to you.
Paul



Jan 30, 2013 at 11:02 AM
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p.1 #18 · p.1 #18 · This is why I broke my ankle!


A great shot Conrad. Was this before or after the fall... I know nothing slows you down ~ Ron


Jan 30, 2013 at 12:12 PM
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p.1 #19 · p.1 #19 · This is why I broke my ankle!


Wow, stunning. Good luck Conrad.
Harsha



Jan 30, 2013 at 12:34 PM
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p.1 #20 · p.1 #20 · This is why I broke my ankle!


Killer shot Conrad...
Hoping for your speedy recovery.

Mark



Jan 30, 2013 at 12:37 PM
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