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author joe bellantoni
subjectWild life
title Catch Of The Day
date5/2/2004 8:24:55 PM
detailsNikon D100 80-400 zoom w 1.4 extender Handheld Manual focus

This image was taken in the Washington Oaks state park in Palm Coast Florida

I knew there was a hawks nest in the area and I kept looking in the trees for it. All of a sudden this hawk comes swooping down and nails lunch for the baby. Incredable sight these birds have!

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1 David Shettleroe (Mountain Wave)   (5/2/2004 8:34:11 PM)
Great shot, it looks as if the lizard is he should be!
2 Fiona Hoskin   (5/2/2004 8:34:48 PM)
Wow Joe - I don't know who has the better eyesight here - you or the hawk! Well seen and well captured! I can almost see that lizard praying for a miracle - great detail!
3 George Oze   (5/2/2004 8:58:14 PM)
Joe! Congrats! You nailed it well!
4 DanF (Dan Fleming)   (5/2/2004 9:46:06 PM)
Outstanding catch Joe!! Well done.
5 Melis   (5/2/2004 9:53:35 PM)
OMG, this is such an amazing shot! I'm speechless. I can't leave, i just keep looking!
Congratulations for sure!!
6 MJFerron   (5/2/2004 9:58:13 PM)
Wow what a catch Joe. Ya gotta feel for the little lizard.
7 Miroslav   (5/2/2004 10:06:09 PM)
Nice capture, wery well done.
8 Rick Coleman   (5/2/2004 10:25:09 PM)
Fantastic capture. Good timing, great composition and detail. A winner!
9 Bill Taylor   (5/2/2004 10:36:43 PM)
10 Kris Bass (peter pan is so real ))   (5/2/2004 10:53:38 PM)
Congrats on your capture here. I have to tell you this one freaked out my kids. That looks just like our little lizard. :) I haven''t seen them run so quickly to check their tank.
11 ckldybr (A perfect photo is just a click away)   (5/2/2004 11:13:40 PM)
Joe this is excellent. I almost feel bad for the poor lizard. You had to be quick to get this. Take care. Barb.
12 John White   (5/2/2004 11:16:48 PM)
Amazing shot
13 Haim Ziv   (5/2/2004 11:17:52 PM)
No words!! just excellent.
14 Dwight (Have I died and gone to heaven?)   (5/2/2004 11:35:23 PM)
I'm with Haim! (9.5)
15 ChristopherG   (5/2/2004 11:42:26 PM)
Joe, while this shot is not one of your best technically, (and given the time you probably had to react, it is understandable) - the moment you captured more than makes up for the little "imperfections". I'm very impressed considering this was handheld, and with the 1.4 times extender. Excellent capture. 9.4
16 Phil Hilden   (5/3/2004 12:15:18 AM)
Incredible image, Joe. There are no "imperfections." Given how fast you had to react, it's downright perfect and totally worthy of a score of -10- Congrats. -PH
17 April (Cindy Metzger)   (5/3/2004 12:37:52 AM)
Wow Joe, you've got a winner here. Just a fabulous capture. The colors are incredible as is the lighting, the details, BG, everying else. Congratulations. (9.5)
18 Norman Cheung   (5/3/2004 1:37:39 AM)
This is just great, excellent shot.
19 herman blockx   (5/3/2004 3:12:39 AM)
Wow, wow, wow! some catch you got here, both ,you and hawk, had a lucky day!
20 Les McLean (**** ))   (5/3/2004 3:14:59 AM)
This is good Joe, there is a slight blurring (due to hand held no doubt), but given the difficulties,particularly the speed in which you need to shoot, it becomes insignificant.
First class work.
21 Reidar   (5/3/2004 4:19:38 AM)
Perfect capture Joe!!
22 Lockhart   (5/3/2004 5:09:01 AM)
Congratulations Joe on an excellent capture!
23 nuno gaspar (miguel )   (5/3/2004 5:26:25 AM)
Masterly done.
24 Krys   (5/3/2004 5:40:39 AM)
I like lizards so this photo upsets me to look at, but between the squint, I can see it is still an excellent picture! :o)
25 Baku (Marcin Nawrocki)   (5/3/2004 5:48:28 AM)
superb shot one of the best birdy portrait i have ever seen i saw it a lot ;)
26 KenNelson   (5/3/2004 6:19:28 AM)
Fantastic capture!
27 jimellsworth   (5/3/2004 6:58:25 AM)
This is startling. Did she sign the model release :) I have to look twice to see the color and lighting is fantastic. All around top of the line. It is a lot of work to be in the right place at the right time, and well worth it.
28 Corry   (5/3/2004 7:52:15 AM)
Outstanding! A photograph I only could dream of!
29 gdanger (George Dangerfield)   (5/3/2004 8:28:50 AM)
An outstanding capture for sure Joe, great lighting, colors, and pose! Too bad it wasn't tack sharp though, still a fine effort under the circumstances.
30 klongsr   (5/3/2004 8:34:48 AM)
Joe, this is a great shot. Composition, focus, DOF, the poor lizard looks like he is praying, great job. (10)
31 Louison   (5/3/2004 9:35:41 AM)
Congratulations on this excellent, difficult and rare capture, Joe!
32 Peter Cannon   (5/3/2004 10:05:08 AM)
Ouch. I've had days like that, too. Excellent capture.
33 Marcos Antonio F da Silva   (5/3/2004 10:40:38 AM)
Excellent capture.
34 Rodger   (5/3/2004 10:56:52 AM)
great job Joe
9 Cheers and Congrats
35 jr   (5/3/2004 12:03:48 PM)
A great catch, congrats!
36 Zygmunt   (5/3/2004 12:06:21 PM)
wonderful shot!!!!!!
37 Hazel   (5/3/2004 12:35:02 PM)
Wow Joe - outstanding - feel kinda sorry for the lizard, sure looks like he's praying! What a capture! 9.4
38 Geri   (5/3/2004 12:36:09 PM)
Brutal, but wonderful!
39 Edith   (5/3/2004 1:12:04 PM)
Absolutely wonderful. Congrats:)
40 KAY (........ .......)   (5/3/2004 1:24:45 PM)
Congrats Joe...Awesome shot! kay
41 oneolden   (5/3/2004 1:51:39 PM)
A supreme capture.
42 MarioP   (5/3/2004 2:34:52 PM)
Or just a "personalized transport" LOL
Very good catch... these photos really have more impact with the hunter and hunted like this.
43 Sterling (Paul Revere)   (5/3/2004 2:42:52 PM)
a rare shot, perfectly executed.
44 Eugene Birukov   (5/3/2004 2:49:07 PM)
Great catch!
45 Mikolaj (Mik .)   (5/3/2004 2:58:09 PM)
46 Regina Lopes   (5/3/2004 3:10:27 PM)
47 Fritz Isenberg   (5/3/2004 4:51:39 PM)
A real winner! Congrats! ~ Fritz
48 Dogleader   (5/3/2004 5:27:04 PM)
You nailed this one Joe, well done, well done for sure. Dog 9.5
49 CherylB (I only lie when I do not like your pic)   (5/3/2004 5:30:32 PM)
I should have asked my hawk to hold up the chicken it had captured...good catch Joe. I feel sorry for the chameleon though :(
50 cARTerART (Claire Carter)   (5/3/2004 5:55:04 PM)
Just amazing
51 gerald johnson   (5/3/2004 6:06:30 PM)
Very impressive..............gerald
52 Fernando Dias   (5/3/2004 6:08:01 PM)
W O N D E R F U L capture, Joe!
best regards
scored 9,5
53 DeCastro   (5/3/2004 7:54:47 PM)
Absolutely wonderful. Congrats:)
54 Serge Grishkin   (5/3/2004 7:56:19 PM)
Very nice photo.
55 Jonathan Wise   (5/3/2004 8:02:35 PM)
Its all been said above,love it.
56 Joe Bellantoni Jr (ZookaJo )   (5/3/2004 8:08:27 PM)
57 Arkadiusz   (5/3/2004 8:16:22 PM)
wery well done, incredible
58 Amuletum ( )   (5/3/2004 8:57:43 PM)
Great catch!
59 LindaY (Linda Y)   (5/3/2004 9:53:55 PM)
Very impressive! I agree with #37 Hazel. The lizard does look like he is praying...and for good reason. Wonderful behavioral shot!
60 erlandpil   (5/4/2004 8:50:05 AM)
Wooovvvvvvv what can i say just wonderful
61 Cheryl Surry   (5/4/2004 11:32:00 AM)
Superb, missed this earlier
62 Szymarek   (5/4/2004 12:25:33 PM)
63 Martin Stainsby   (5/4/2004 2:18:20 PM)
Fantastic capture.
64 Rudi Van Gestel   (5/4/2004 2:37:32 PM)
A real winner! Great capture!(10)
65 Claudia Robinson (looie's mom :-o)   (5/4/2004 4:52:33 PM)
i do feel bad for the little lizard. such is life. great catch, joe!
66 Dave Collins   (5/4/2004 8:18:54 PM)
nice capture of such a powerful animal. well done.
67 Thomas Bauer (Just Beggining)   (5/4/2004 9:23:27 PM)
What month shall I lQQk for this
on the cover of National Geographics?
68 jrn813   (5/4/2004 11:18:48 PM)
Great Capture... (9)
69 Phil Hilden   (5/4/2004 11:56:13 PM)
I've got to hand it to you, Joe. The staying power of "Catch of the Day" is impressive. Please, don't be humble, be proud. You have created an extraordinary photograph and we all applaud you for it. 10 x 10. -PH
70 Nic   (5/5/2004 1:46:56 PM)
This is perfect!!!!
71 Berenice Kauffmann Abud (AFIAP /2004)   (5/5/2004 7:15:39 PM)
Wonderful capture!!!
72 Max Pizzo   (5/6/2004 1:43:32 PM)
wow, wonderful capture. your series on birds is great
73 anibal godinho   (5/6/2004 5:15:08 PM)
Just in time.

74 Anthonymesfla (Anthony Mestre)   (5/7/2004 11:26:09 PM)
Outstanding Capture, This has got to be one of your best. Congrats on POTD. Did you capture this on your latest trip here?
75 Anna Pagnacco   (5/8/2004 5:51:36 PM)
One of the best catch ever seen....Anna
76 Edite   (5/9/2004 7:19:56 PM)
Wow! Outstanding capture. Wonderful photo Joe.
One of the best I think!
My congrats!
77 Alex Uchôa   (5/11/2004 3:07:56 PM)
WOW! A fantastic flagrant of mother nature.
78 Kazimierz Morski   (5/24/2004 7:18:39 AM)
!!!!! :)K.M.
79 dneilson (Dolores Neilson)   (6/14/2004 10:34:43 PM)
Good grief, Joe! I think in addition to your skill as a photographer, a guardian angel walks beside you and brings you a subject that the master has created so you can attempt to do it justice with the lens. And you nail it each time!
80 Huub Linthorst   (6/18/2004 3:22:02 PM)
Just WOOOWW Joe! Regards, Huub
81 Terry Forrest (Teresa Forrest)   (6/26/2004 11:58:24 PM)
Handheld and manual focus? Excellent! To those who said too bad it wasn't tack sharp, the extremely slight difference I see re that (given my problem sight) seems so minute, that to me it hardly seems worth mentioning and I wonder why they even did. Super composition, great behavioral shot, great colors and outstanding non-distracting background. Totally deserving in my opinion of the double POTD for both success and value. (9.75)
82 Terry Forrest (Teresa Forrest)   (6/26/2004 11:59:54 PM)
Congratulations on POTW and POTM as well!!
83 Rita Richter   (6/29/2004 6:01:58 AM)
Joe I've never seen this before how did I miss it? It is absolutely perfect! no more to be said.
84 Laurel Austin   (7/2/2004 7:19:05 PM)
Wow, you have an amazing eye!!
Poor little lizard, but I'd feel just as sorry for the hawk if he starved to death!
Excellent clarity!
85 rodney (rodney stainton)   (7/3/2004 7:57:29 AM)
86 Axel   (7/8/2004 7:46:45 PM)
This is real good work...looks very natural and true.
87 Pete321   (7/24/2004 11:51:01 PM)
Its all been said well done Joe
88 Paweł Spychała   (8/11/2004 7:28:17 AM)
Beautiful foto,brawo.
89 Hassan (Hassan A)   (8/26/2004 3:34:57 AM)
A great work joe , I was waiting to the end of the stream to give a final rating :) ,Best Regards
90 Fuad (Fuad Babayev)   (8/29/2004 4:08:15 PM)
this is incredable!
91 Arno Hollander (Sniper 1)   (9/18/2004 7:09:57 AM)
unbelievable I missed this one! great Joe...really a catch ot the day :)
92 Blake Heminger   (9/23/2004 12:13:21 AM)
Fantastic!!! *****
93 israel litvak   (9/24/2004 10:27:50 AM)
amayzing eye,congratulation!
94 danielcris (danie cris)   (9/27/2004 1:37:17 AM)
Beautiful image.
95 israel litvak   (10/1/2004 11:48:12 PM)
dream shot for me.Congrat.
96 Talita   (10/5/2004 8:22:21 AM)
97 Gianluca Posella   (10/7/2004 2:42:13 PM)
This is impressive!
98 Claudia Robinson (looie's mom :-o)   (10/9/2004 8:52:33 AM)
poor little lizard! great catch for both of you!
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