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This isn't my 'best' shot, and it isn't even from 2009 (9-08). I've only been taking wildlife (well, mostly just birds) seriously for a little over a year and I keep getting sidetracked by other types of photography, but this photo was a turning point for me. It was the first decent capture of a raptor in the wild for me and it really got the juices flowing. It was the beginning of a bird love affair for me.
BTW, I've never mentioned it, but I'd like to extend a thank you to everyone here. This site has been 'the bar' for how I've judged my own progress with birding - it's made it possible for me to self-critique my own photos and gives me something to shoot for. And why you guys didn't run me out on a rail when I posted my first shots (geeze, they sucked! ) I'll never know, but I appreciate the soft criticism at that point. You can tear them apart anytime you want now and it's no biggie - I know when they suck and when they don't. You all learned me real good.