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Mr Zoom
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I was hoping Laura Hughes would pop up and start the annual "Best of 2009" thread this year but she's running late so I'm going to get it started this year.

So, per our FM tradition I'd like to start this thread to showcase everyone's favorite shot of 2009! Please explain a little bit about the image and why it is special to you.

As hard as it might be to choose just a single favorite out the many you've taken this year please start off with just one. It's also a challenge to try and single out one shot that represents the best of 2009. Once the tread starts to wind down we can open it up to your 2nd and 3rd best shots of the year.

I'll start with mine:

During my recent visit to Bosque del Apache I was treated to a 30 minute exhibition by Harriet the Northern Harrier. I was special to me as I have never had so many opportunities to get ground level shots like this.








Dec 09, 2009 at 04:39 AM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · Best of 2009


Awesome Shot Mr. Z I will see what I can come up with.

Tim



Dec 09, 2009 at 04:49 AM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · Best of 2009


Ken,

I have changed my contribution:







I like the opportunity of being able to sit quietly on the ground and take a picture of the passing wildlife.

Thank you for starting this thread.

Best regards

dan





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Dec 09, 2009 at 05:18 AM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · Best of 2009


Great shot, Sir Zoom. And sorry, don't mean to mince words but I don't believe I got a "best" this year, but maybe a current personal favorite:








Dec 09, 2009 at 05:31 AM
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Dec 09, 2009 at 05:44 AM
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p.1 #6 · p.1 #6 · Best of 2009


Great shots so far.... I'll have think think about this one....


Dec 09, 2009 at 06:00 AM
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For me, it's probably this one. Ospreys have been on my bucket list for a long time and this year I added quite a few osprey shots to my little collection. I like this particular one because of the light, the background, the look and the headless fish.







Great thread! I enjoy seeing every ones top image each year.

Henrik



Dec 09, 2009 at 06:01 AM
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p.1 #8 · p.1 #8 · Best of 2009


Sri Lanka is a very small country but defeats conventional wisdom in that it has Asia's largest population of the worlds largest mammal! Heavy poaching over the past 100 years has decimated the population of tuskers and wild tuskers are quite rare....

This young tusker with quite an "attitude" was spotted at Kaudulla NP, during the "Gathering of Elephants 2009"







Wish all on FM a Merry Christmas and all the best for 2010.



Dec 09, 2009 at 06:02 AM
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p.1 #9 · p.1 #9 · Best of 2009


riokid wrote:
Ken,

I hope this qualifies. I have not done much in 2009, but here is one:

Thank you for starting this thread.

Best regards

dan



Does NOT look like you in the pix Dan.



Dec 09, 2009 at 06:04 AM
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p.1 #10 · p.1 #10 · Best of 2009


My personal favorite is this environmental shot of a pair of Sandhill Cranes in Bosque del Apache. It shows off the beauty of the crane pools and marsh area where these birds hang out during the winter months.

PS: I chose this image not for IQ but for content. Because of NR this image is quite soft and lacking in detail, but I like it for its content and editorial value.
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Thang wrote:
Does NOT look like you in the pix Dan.



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Dec 09, 2009 at 06:27 AM
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p.1 #12 · p.1 #12 · Best of 2009


can only pick one!?!? Tough choice as I believe we have had a very good year for nature/wildlife photography here in Southern California. Personally, I was very fortunate to have several "first" captures. Even though this shot was not one of those but it is my favorite for 2009.








Dec 09, 2009 at 06:32 AM
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p.1 #13 · p.1 #13 · Best of 2009


Wow Thang .... that is freakishly good .... with the chick at the side! It's THE best shot I have seen on this forum.


Dec 09, 2009 at 06:39 AM
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p.1 #14 · p.1 #14 · Best of 2009


Pretty slow year for me but I still came away with a few I'm happy with. Right ow this is my current favorite.

Jason
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Dec 09, 2009 at 06:56 AM
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p.1 #15 · p.1 #15 · Best of 2009


Man!
That Momma and baby bird is Awesome..
Now I am going to have an even harder time to give up this birding binge.....



Dec 09, 2009 at 08:18 AM
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p.1 #16 · p.1 #16 · Best of 2009


Beautiful start Mr. Zoom

BEAUTIFUL Thang,

Howard.



Dec 09, 2009 at 12:00 PM
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p.1 #17 · p.1 #17 · Best of 2009


This gets the most hits on my site, lets me off the hook for pickin' one on my own
Props to Mr Zoom for the premature spookulation
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Dec 09, 2009 at 12:03 PM
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p.1 #18 · p.1 #18 · Best of 2009


Neat thread, this is going to be enjoyable!

Heres one of mine, part of the courtship ritual where the male passes a fish to his lady.


Howard.

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Dec 09, 2009 at 12:14 PM
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p.1 #19 · p.1 #19 · Best of 2009


To choose just one, wow!

OK, this photo may not be technically the best, but it is one that I like a lot. To me, getting two mature bald eagles in flight and soaring straight towards me is special. Usually, I get excited and blow the shot.

Larry
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Dec 09, 2009 at 12:15 PM
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p.1 #20 · p.1 #20 · Best of 2009


Larry Williams wrote:
To choose just one, wow!

OK, this photo may not be technically the best, but it is one that I like a lot. To me, getting two mature bald eagles in flight and soaring straight towards me is special. Usually, I get excited and blow the shot.

Larry



Very cool Larry! Worth a millon!!!!

Ted



Dec 09, 2009 at 01:00 PM
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