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p.4 #1 · p.4 #1 · Best of 2009


Magnifique!

dbehrens wrote:
Inspiring series! Here is my favorite this year from Bonaventure Island, Quebec.
Dave




Dec 10, 2009 at 07:39 PM
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p.4 #2 · p.4 #2 · Best of 2009


Martin Good wrote:
Great pics everyone and very interesting to read what makes a pic special for each poster and thanks Ken for starting the thread.
This one is special for me because it captured a special moment of transfer of the fish from the parent Great Crested Grebe to the chick and the chick is in a very submissive position accepting the fish from the parent. I also managed to get down low for the shot and reflections off the nearby boats gave the pic some extra color.
Cheers,
Martin

Stunning shot Martin



Dec 10, 2009 at 08:46 PM
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p.4 #3 · p.4 #3 · Best of 2009


JgHarrison wrote:
It was hard for me as 2009 was the best year for me in photography. I would have to go with an image from the special day I spent with this Painted Bunting

Best wishes to all...

Jason[/quote
Great shot with beautiful colors Jason



Dec 10, 2009 at 08:48 PM
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p.4 #4 · p.4 #4 · Best of 2009


Great thread and a stunningly high standard of offerings so far. Well done one and all!

My favourite has to be this one. Whilst patiently waiting for a train to come into view at Morants Curve just south of Lake Louise I see this big fella coming out of the trees about 100yds away and just ambling along the rail track. What a thrill for a "boy from Scotland"

http://i.pbase.com/o4/73/302173/1/118907266.XMVqVqtd.DSC_4565.jpg



Dec 10, 2009 at 10:25 PM
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p.4 #5 · p.4 #5 · Best of 2009


Kookaburra, Queensland Australia, fuji point and shoot, taken yesterday, (fresh is best..).

http://maxhr.zenfolio.com/img/v4/p443621618.jpg



Dec 11, 2009 at 02:36 AM
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p.4 #6 · p.4 #6 · Best of 2009


http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3649/3386054501_b78842f32c_b.jpg


Dec 11, 2009 at 02:47 AM
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p.4 #7 · p.4 #7 · Best of 2009


Sorry i am late to the party, I would have to say this Northern Harrier i took about a month ago is my favorite, although it is hard to make a decision.

Alan

http://ourwildamerica.com/forum photos/IMG_8527.jpg



Dec 11, 2009 at 03:13 AM
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p.4 #8 · p.4 #8 · Best of 2009


raymondjbarlow wrote:
2009 has been the best year of my life., owning this business has been a great experience, and I hope I can keep it going until this old body is toast!

Thanks to everyone who has helped me out, been to my workshops, and thanks to all the great FM'ers that help make this site a wonderful place to visit.

24 hours in the hide (5 trips) for this freakin shot?? I must be nuts.

http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y281/rammy111111/DSC_8444BeltedKingfisherweb.jpg

my best wished to everyone for a safe and fun holiday season., be good to the children.


Great shot. I do feel your pain. KFs are so skittish and a pain in the @SS. All the best to you (business and holidays).
Andy



Dec 11, 2009 at 03:31 AM
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p.4 #9 · p.4 #9 · Best of 2009


2009 has been a year of growth for me in many ways; both as a person and as a photographer. Since this is a photography forum I'll stick to the photography
My submission for my best of 2009 is of a couple burrowing owls that I converted to b/w. While I don't normally think of wildlife in b/w I really liked how this conversion worked out.
I posted this before but will again for this thread.

http://aeast236.zenfolio.com/img/v7/p103943481-5.jpg

Thanks to all you great FM'ers that have both been an inspiration and provided great insight.



Dec 11, 2009 at 03:37 AM
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p.4 #10 · p.4 #10 · Best of 2009


My best of 2009 would have to be this Gator found in North Carolina while working my way down a out of a way gravel road. This was taken across a 10 foot water ditch. Wife was watching him through glass, said he never too his eyes off me. Waiting for me to fall in no doubt.





Nikon D 700 - 80-400 VR



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p.4 #11 · p.4 #11 · Best of 2009


This still sends shivers up my spine!

http://morrisaltman.zenfolio.com/img/v7/p409651550-5.jpg

I took this photo in the Everglades this past February.

Morris



Dec 11, 2009 at 03:54 AM
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p.4 #12 · p.4 #12 · Best of 2009


My signature shot . Not quite the best, yet certainly one of the trickiest ones I've got most recently, shot with one of my best BIF combos.....EF 180mm f/3.5L USM Macro + 1DsMkII.

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Dec 11, 2009 at 11:25 AM
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p.4 #13 · p.4 #13 · Best of 2009


This is definitely my pick of the year. The Bittern is on the danger list and there are less than 100 birds in the country, and having reached the ripe old age of 61 this was the first time I'd ever seen one. I was also able to share the 5 second moment with my photo buddy Chris. So big grins all round!

http://www.bjkilby.co.uk/fm/Bittern1101.jpg



Dec 11, 2009 at 12:15 PM
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p.4 #14 · p.4 #14 · Best of 2009


Sean, just wanted to share how much I love your shot of the burrowing owl. As you said, a very menacing pose for a minuscule animal.


Dec 11, 2009 at 12:56 PM
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p.4 #15 · p.4 #15 · Best of 2009


didn't go out much in 2009 busy with a newborn here is what think my best of 2009 is even though my best isn't good enough hahahha.

So my son was about 4 months, had to watch him all the time and for any break which i had. I just ran across the street to my local park.

Dec 11, 2009 at 02:48 PM
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p.4 #16 · p.4 #16 · Best of 2009


Hide Takahashi wrote:
Ken,

Your NH shot is beautiful! You sure did have a great opportunity to catch this beautiful bird. Picking one best shot is not easy but I have to pick this photo.
I was taking some female RTH photos and I was quite close to her. All of a sudden,a male RTH showed up,landing on the female. I backed off a bit but it wasn't good enough to frame the whole wings. It was an awesome experience.

Hide

http://wildlifephotography.smugmug.com/Birds/Red-tailed-Hawk/RTW-6/450704990_LrjQw-XL-1.jpg


Hide -
I remember this shot. It got Tim, Garen and I to go out to Big Morongo to look for the RTH pair. Didn't see them on our trip though.
- Ken



Dec 11, 2009 at 04:04 PM
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p.4 #17 · p.4 #17 · Best of 2009


Absolutely incredible showing everyone. Let's keep them coming.....


Dec 11, 2009 at 07:06 PM
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p.4 #18 · p.4 #18 · Best of 2009


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.

http://www.lakerfly.com/images/rt1web.jpg

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.

Allan



Dec 11, 2009 at 07:39 PM
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http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2642/4000709983_9935312930_b.jpg


chosen for the underated glass used, The 1986 AF Nikkor 70-210mm f/4.0, a mediocre lens from the film days got me a great result in the age of digital.



Dec 11, 2009 at 08:23 PM
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p.4 #20 · p.4 #20 · Best of 2009


PetKal wrote:
My signature shot , probably not one of the best, yet certainly one of the trickiest ones to get, shot with one of my best BIF combos.....EF-S 60mm f/2.8 USM Macro + 40D.


Kickin ass with this one Peter! Nicely done.



Dec 11, 2009 at 10:43 PM
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