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author Miguel Lasa
subjectWild life
title Wild sea eagle fishing
date7/4/2004 9:16:07 AM
details1D Mark II, ef500, f4, 1/1250 sec.

6 days at sea for 8 hrs per day to get this shot,really hard work !!
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blinks: 359.74score: 9.394voted: 106

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1 BUDDA (Jakub Budziszewski)   (7/4/2004 9:19:01 AM)
wow, great one, great execution.
2 ChrisC (Christopher Cove)   (7/4/2004 9:20:50 AM)
Wow, this is amazing!
3 Charlie Quinn   (7/4/2004 9:22:55 AM)
I think that the most fitting comment to this is just simply: wow, absolutely fantastic.
4 Duncan Fauvel   (7/4/2004 9:27:49 AM)
This is phenominal, fantastic, brilliant etc. etc. Just SUPERB.
5 ck   (7/4/2004 9:42:04 AM)
6 Fernando Dias   (7/4/2004 9:44:39 AM)
W O N D E R F U L!
7 javier   (7/4/2004 9:45:17 AM)
Excelent! Great one. Without doubt a winner
8 MJFerron   (7/4/2004 9:48:23 AM)
Fantastic shot.
9 Duncan Fauvel   (7/4/2004 9:53:22 AM)
#8 Modest Blinker 1:

"if it is a "bird shot" it will score high on PB, which is sad"

I find it sad you consider someone scoring highly sad. :-)
10 Duncan Fauvel   (7/4/2004 9:54:23 AM)
#10 Miguel Lasa:

Miguel it was definitley worth the wait. Its a winner.
11 Miguel Lasa   (7/4/2004 9:56:26 AM)
Thank you very much Duncan for your kind words
12 Ali Pourmand   (7/4/2004 10:22:35 AM)
To # 8. Let's get on the boat and try some "appealing" shots. It's very easy to sit by my computer and type than go out there, get burnt, soaked etc. and actually do what Miguel has done here. Photography always appears easy when you're not behind the camera.

This shot is not the first of its kind but it demonstrates the photographer's artful technique, extreme patience and very keen eyes. (9.5)
13 Hassan (Hassan A)   (7/4/2004 10:24:33 AM)
A perfect momonet you got , well done (9.1)
14 Marc Guyt   (7/4/2004 10:39:11 AM)
Excellent! If possible, a slightly bigger crop that would see more of the splash of waterdrops could add more to the scene, but then again... the picture is great!
15 nuno gaspar (miguel )   (7/4/2004 10:44:00 AM)
O-U-T-S-T-D-A-N-D-I-N-G. 10
16 Kazimierz Morski   (7/4/2004 10:50:22 AM)
!!! Bravo!!! :)K.M.
17 Dogleader   (7/4/2004 10:56:52 AM)
Miguel, Dynomite, well done, your hard work paid off, one suggestion which does not effect the score I am giving, it pops even more on a black page. Dog 9.5
18 Corry   (7/4/2004 11:01:44 AM)
Outstanding! I can imagine that this was very hard work! Don't worry about the modest blinker, he is nothing but jeallous.
19 Ruud (they just ain't worth it)   (7/4/2004 11:03:52 AM)
Miguel, your skills are showing to the maximum here, Outstanding quality!
20 RandyW (Randy Walton)   (7/4/2004 11:14:52 AM)
Wonderful capture Miguel. Well worth your efforts and work. Excellent! 9.5
21 gizelle (Gizellae Marie Khan)   (7/4/2004 11:27:36 AM)
they said it all.
22 Bas Haasnoot   (7/4/2004 11:30:08 AM)
Superb capture Miguel!
Congratulations! A well deserved Winner after your hard work! Bas (9.5)
23 Yeshey Dorji   (7/4/2004 11:38:17 AM)
This is really an awesome shot!! Congratulations!
24 Sergei Samus (Serega to friends)     (7/4/2004 11:45:45 AM)
#8 Modest Blinker 1: I think I should have added a 'jealous blinker' option, to me this is exactly who you are, my dear.

Miguel, this is a breath-taking shot, off my hat to you.
25 Pascal Meerpoel   (7/4/2004 12:06:04 PM)
I agree with Sergei,
if every body would make such amazing shots, one could think bird-photography is just a five finger exercise, which is not. Modest blinkers and jealous blinkers are often the same... (score 10)
26 Yovanny Montoya   (7/4/2004 12:17:41 PM)
This image is unbelievable,excelent shot congrats!!
27 Dogleader   (7/4/2004 12:45:47 PM)
#25 Sergei Samus: Bravo Sergei, Bravo. Dog
28 Gunther Allen   (7/4/2004 12:52:26 PM)
Great capture and the lighting is perfect!
29 Jacek   (7/4/2004 12:53:43 PM)
vote 10
30 Haim Ziv   (7/4/2004 12:59:53 PM)
Bravo!!! no words.
31 Les McLean (**** ))   (7/4/2004 1:01:54 PM)
Perfection, and happy new camera ;-)
32 Cheryl Surry   (7/4/2004 1:49:44 PM)
Your patience paid off. I was hoping to see a captive fish eagle 'feeding' this week. It didn't happen, but seeing this shot makes up for it.
33 DanF (Dan Fleming)   (7/4/2004 1:58:25 PM)
Outstanding shot Miguel! Hats off to you!!!
34 Greg (Greg Governale)   (7/4/2004 2:23:53 PM)
One of the better images I have seen in a long time. An image to be proud of !!!! It deserves space on the wall of any photographer who wants to be a notch above the rest. Wonderful comp. Great sharpness and a near perfect moment!! I own a wide format printer....and I know this would look great printed really large. 24 in. by 36 in. Thanks for sharing this wonderful image!
Greg Governale
35 Alan Kinnersley   (7/4/2004 2:43:02 PM)
Outstanding, all has been said above well done.
36 Lockhart   (7/4/2004 3:01:44 PM)
World Class Wildlife Photography! Congratulations.
37 April (Cindy Metzger)   (7/4/2004 3:37:48 PM)
Excellent capture Miguel. It's all been said, Superb. Congratulations.
38 iwasfixin2   (7/4/2004 4:20:21 PM)
One more 'Bravo' isn't going to make much difference on this superb capture, but I'm going to do it anyhow. Bravo!
39 dneilson (Dolores Neilson)   (7/4/2004 4:45:07 PM)
MASTERFULLY DONE!! What tremendous skill this takes! C'mon National Geographic...give him a call!
40 archera (Roland DiSabatino)   (7/4/2004 4:59:49 PM)
Miguel ... Since many can't do this well just shooting a stationary flower with a stationary insect on it, I'll say Triple Bravo to you, and for sure the effort was worth it. Great timing, great shot. :O)
41 joe bellantoni   (7/4/2004 5:16:31 PM)
Miguel this is surely a great image and a lot of the bird haters should take note of the greatness of this image. Bill said it class image. You would think that more people would ask you questions on this shot. I have one: Do you think you could have caught this image if you were not using the Mark II? If you do think much easier was it with this camera?
Again...WELL DONE!

#25 Sergei Samus: Thank You
42 Fransisco   (7/4/2004 5:21:12 PM)
43 Miguel Lasa   (7/4/2004 5:34:39 PM)
Thank you very much to all blinkers for your kind comments/votes in the photo.
Joe, the Mark II was a great help during the 6 days. Still more difficult than I thought because the action happends in a fraction of a sec and with the heavy ef500 handheld in the boat is really hard to keep the bird in focus with the waves.80 % of all my shots were blurred or with the wings cut due to the bad sea and worse weather.
44 joe bellantoni   (7/4/2004 5:37:01 PM)
#44 Miguel Lasa: But do you think you could have gotten it without this camera?
45 Jonathan Wise   (7/4/2004 5:44:02 PM)
Sure is all of the above,well done.
46 Miguel Lasa   (7/4/2004 5:53:29 PM)
Joe, I think with the 10D and a bit of luck I could have gotten something similar,but you need more luck and choose your shot more precisely.
47 LindaY (Linda Y)   (7/4/2004 6:05:00 PM)
Miguel, you took this from a BOAT??? The shot is stunning and would have been a great accomplishment even to have been done from dry land, but getting a shot with this level of detail and this perfect a pose from a boat is nothing short of amazing to me. My hat goes off to you! Excellent!
48 Miguel Lasa   (7/4/2004 6:07:37 PM)
LindaY the boat was really moving a lot,I nearly got sea sickness !!
49 Fiona Hoskin   (7/4/2004 7:20:56 PM)
Definitely worth the wait and definitely a great shot! The bird haters are just jealous Miguel - don't worry about them! Congrats!
50 andy_koch   (7/4/2004 7:39:36 PM)
perfect capture #10
51 Monique4 (Monique Bogaerts)   (7/4/2004 8:08:26 PM)
Miguel, this is absolutely brilliant!!!
#25 Sergei, bravo and thank you!!!
As Bill said, World Class Wildlife Photography.
All the days, hours, it whas worth it.
A big bow for you Miguel!
52 Tim Fry   (7/4/2004 8:30:27 PM)
I really never even thought about photographing birds before I joined photoblink but it's shots like this that inspire one to try.
53 mrgetz (Thinkyouneek )   (7/4/2004 8:48:26 PM)
Nobody deserves a 10.
54 LindaY (Linda Y)   (7/4/2004 9:21:19 PM)
Miguel, I just saw your reply on how much the boat was moving. Do you have any tips you would be willing to give us on how your were able to accomplish this? The reason why I ask is that I will be up in Alaska in about 60 days and one of my planned activities is going into Resurrection Bay/Kenai Fjords NP. There are lots of marvelous birds there including 2 species of puffins. The only way to see them and photograph them is in a boat as the area is remote and covered with glaciers.
55 Deb   (7/4/2004 10:11:26 PM)
Now, THAT's a CATCH! Excellent work! Bravo!
56 Oksana P.   (7/4/2004 10:36:29 PM)
57 aocole (Art Cole)   (7/4/2004 11:08:44 PM)
Fantastic catch, full of motion and raw intensity, enhanced even more by your composition choice. Excellent!
58 Joel P Black   (7/4/2004 11:29:53 PM)
Tremendous capture Miguel jsut perfect (10) and I don't give that high a score very often.
59 fagoar (Fausto Araujo)   (7/5/2004 12:30:08 AM)
I am sure you feel it was worthwhile to spend all that time an effort to get this beauty. Fantastic world class photo.
60 bbackman (Bryan Backman)   (7/5/2004 1:55:50 AM)
Congratulations Miguel, well deserving of POTD. Definately one of the best images posted here in a long time.
61 herman blockx   (7/5/2004 3:08:16 AM)
Yes, yes, yes! this is what real wildlife photography is all about ! patience and being there at the right moment! a stunning actioncapture of a stunning subject! even the pose of the poor fish is great!
62 Rudi Van Gestel   (7/5/2004 4:05:23 AM)
This is a real masterpiece!!!!!!!(10)
63 Biliana ((I am against CHERYL B)   (7/5/2004 4:08:13 AM)
wow.. dear Miguel. congratulations. what a brillant capture. bravo!
Kisses, Biliana
64 Norman Cheung   (7/5/2004 6:25:13 AM)
World class, EXCELLENT SHOT, you must be a very strong man holding a EF500MM lens by hands :)
65 Berenice Kauffmann Abud (AFIAP /2004)   (7/5/2004 7:23:21 AM)
66 Olivier Deme   (7/5/2004 8:42:28 AM)
Truly outstanding shot, Miguel. And it takes a great picture to make a bird photo stand above the rest!
Composition: 10. Technique; 10. Originality: 8. Impact: 9. OVerall: 9.25.
67 Edith   (7/5/2004 10:49:59 AM)
Perfect! Congratulations:)
68 Rita Richter   (7/5/2004 1:30:56 PM)
Wonderful, wonderful shot. I do hope that the enjoyment you have given us all compensates for all the hard grind!
69 denny.d   (7/5/2004 3:13:12 PM)
just spectacular
70 Andy Cooper ( What I SHOULD have done was.....)   (7/5/2004 3:15:08 PM)
What do yoy do to follow this, Miguel ???????????
Whatever it is, I can't wait. This almost ranks up there with Steve Bloom's bald eagles fighting over Alaska !!! ( Fantstic shot.
71 Arno Hollander (Sniper 1)   (7/5/2004 3:42:36 PM)
#54: but a great picture does! :)

Miquel, this is a stunner, great action and detail captured. But.. you call 8 days on a boat hard work?? In that case I want a job like that! regards, Arno (10)
72 Louison   (7/5/2004 3:52:28 PM)
Superb work if you weren't in a boat. But from a moving boat, this is inspirational!
73 Amuletum ( )   (7/5/2004 5:49:40 PM)
Congratulations, Miguel!
74 Tasmin   (7/5/2004 8:00:42 PM)
There is nothing more to say
75 Curtis Forrester   (7/6/2004 1:55:45 AM)
Outstanding capture!
76 Pawel Staszak   (7/6/2004 11:40:21 AM)
great photo
77 Dwight (Have I died and gone to heaven?)   (7/6/2004 1:22:42 PM)
That's a 10!
78 George Oze   (7/6/2004 10:19:46 PM)
Good capture of a free bird! This birdshot stands out among the bird images posted on PB! Great reward for hard work! ((.%)
79 Brian Watters   (7/7/2004 4:56:40 PM)
This is the BEST bird capture I've seen on this site in two years. Extremely well done.
80 ChristopherG   (7/8/2004 1:43:48 AM)
Everyone has such good things to say, how 'bout we look at the negative - the 27th drop on the right is slightly more out of focus than the 24th. lol
Nothing negative here, INcredible. What makes it more incredible are the conditions in which this shot was taken - something that can't truly be appreciated unless you've done it (and I have not). All that time, and it comes down to fraction of a second - and you did it. I haven't been around this site a long time, but I think that when Sergei leaves a comment, you know you did good.
Congratulations on this awesome shot.
81 Ivan (Ivan Miksik)   (7/8/2004 1:48:35 AM)
I can say only: excellent and fantastic photo! Congrats!
82 Axel   (7/8/2004 7:42:13 PM)
Excellent must be a lucky man having such wildlife to work with... Congratulations with this stunning image...
83 gdanger (George Dangerfield)   (7/9/2004 8:25:49 PM)
This is about as good as a bird capture gets Miguel, excellent lighting detail and feeling of action, a shot I could only dream of getting!
84 Jouko   (7/15/2004 11:48:23 AM)
Excellent capture!!!
10 points if I could vote!!

Regards, Jouko
85 Pete321   (7/24/2004 11:53:26 PM)
Splendid work. An exceptional capture
86 MarioP   (8/10/2004 10:39:33 AM)
Being absent during some days is missing photos like this one... perhaps one of the best here and one to remember and learn...
87 Paweł Spychała   (8/11/2004 7:26:07 AM)
88 Debi Joranco-Arellano   (8/11/2004 10:10:57 PM)
Miguel, what an exceptional photo! I have not had time to be active lately, but I am so glad to have checked in tonight to see this wonderful shot! Congratulations!
89 _TOMMYx_   (8/17/2004 12:57:43 PM)
Prima Sort!!
90 Cory Bucher (Never Modest )   (8/21/2004 12:34:41 AM)
WOW, thats all I can say.
91 Bas Meelker   (9/11/2004 3:38:30 AM)
Top shot! Your whole series is amazing. It's very well done and shows you know how to handel such situations. Masterpiece! regards, Bas
92 Michael Eckstein   (9/23/2004 7:57:43 PM)
Killer image!!!
93 israel litvak   (9/24/2004 10:35:03 AM)
superb capture!
94 Shurik (Aleksandr Shebanov)   (9/26/2004 8:33:52 AM)
Super photo!!!!!!
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