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Fishing

Wild Osprey

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John Lee , September 09, 2006; 09:34 A.M.

Amazing capture, Miguel. Simply perfect! Regards 7/7

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Rafik Kamel , September 09, 2006; 09:44 A.M.

wow

stunning shot miguel, i love the sharpness on the bird, bravo, regards, RK!

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Giangiorgio Crisponi , September 09, 2006; 09:50 A.M.

Fenomenale!! Miguel sei un campione, ciao Giangiorgio

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Ali Soltani Farani , September 09, 2006; 09:55 A.M.

WOW! brilliant. Great colors. perfect lighting.

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Matteo Gambarini , September 09, 2006; 09:56 A.M.

Non 蠩l mio genere fotografico, seguo spesso comunque i tuoi lavori, il limite e' nel 7, ci fossero ancora 8o9 punti!!!!!! Ciao Matteo

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Mark Martin , September 09, 2006; 09:57 A.M.

Dude that is one of the best nature shots I have ever seen! You should submit to National Geographic. This must have been shot with a film camera, Yes? Cheers

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Torfinn Johannessen , September 09, 2006; 09:59 A.M.

Stunning shot! Good colours, focus, and exactly the right moment. It is great work. Best regards!

Torfinn

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Miguel Lasa , September 09, 2006; 10:00 A.M.

thank you , shot with a digital camaerea 1d mk2

Mariusz Pawlowski , September 09, 2006; 10:40 A.M.

7/7

Miguel it is the best shot in last time, best regards.

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Pulok Pattanayak , September 09, 2006; 12:20 P.M.

Excellent!

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Gonzalo Castellano , September 09, 2006; 01:01 P.M.

Wonderful

A stunning action shot. Perfect one more time, I'm running out of adjectives...

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Will King , September 09, 2006; 01:27 P.M.

This is a million dollar caprure. Congrats.

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Barbara D , September 09, 2006; 02:03 P.M.

Stunning

This is jaw dropping fabulous!! Unbelievable!!!

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Guillaume Guitard , September 09, 2006; 02:10 P.M.

!!!!!!!

This is simply incredible!!!

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Michael Haydon , September 09, 2006; 03:13 P.M.

7/7

A truly great catch and capture.

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Francisco Pinto , September 09, 2006; 04:02 P.M.

7/7

Awesome photo!

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Iren Nagy , September 09, 2006; 04:03 P.M.

Miguel

Fantastic capture! Well done! Cheers, Iren

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Jesús Pizarro , September 09, 2006; 04:12 P.M.

7/7

Me quedo sin palabras al contemplar esta imagen. Fantastica captura captando la imagen en el instante preciso con una nitidez y una limpieza asombrosas. Una maravilla, enhorabuena.

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Fred Frank , September 09, 2006; 04:34 P.M.

Excellent

Amazing photo. Congratulations.

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Lennart. K.V. Bardal. , September 09, 2006; 05:46 P.M.

A Fantastic photo.7/7

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David Shelby , September 09, 2006; 06:55 P.M.

This is a exceptional photograph with beautiful full-color, and fantastic sharpness, with perceptibly in stop action. Congratulations!

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John Paul C , September 09, 2006; 07:48 P.M.

4/4

Well done Miguel. I hope you are very happy with this photo. The sharpness and timing leave nothing to be desired. Your finger, equipment and eyes complement eachother well.

I can't belive someone gave you 4/4 for this shot. They must have been nude fans. Ah well, I give you 7/7. I would however, love to have seen the full span of the wings. That's not reason enough for me to deduct anything from the 7/7 though.

Thanks for sharing.

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jerry beecham , September 09, 2006; 07:48 P.M.

Talk about being in the right place at the right time!! Bravo!

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Marc Adamus , September 09, 2006; 08:29 P.M.

Miguel, your passion for the photography of avian species shows through in every aspect of this image. In fact, this is one of the very best images I've ever seen, in any genre of photography. This is a capture of nature and the cycle of life as telling as any I've ever layed eyes on. There is no one I've ever known or ever heard of that works harder to capture birds of all kinds at the perfect moment like you do, and you are rewarded time and time again with world-class exceptional images that define your subjects. This is surely one of the best avian images ever captured, as are several in your vast portfolios. It is absolutely flawless. I can't understand why you would subject the image to silly, meaningless numeric ratings when you, I and everyone who sees this masterpeice knows already how good it is. Anyone who could rate this as average, is suffering from incredible jealosy and acting selfishly and immaturely. So, congrats on another fabulous addition to what I already consider my favorite avian collection. Best wishes in the pursuit of nature and the decisive moment.

Marc

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Robert G. , September 09, 2006; 10:45 P.M.

Raising the bar again!

Yes low rates on good pics , needs to be delt with , Ive had my fair share of them, I dont think it looks good for anyone to have a shot with low ratings on them , when they are 6 or 7 in quality. They should be removed by a moderator. Congrats on a Masterpiece Miguel! Robert

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Kah Kit Yoong , September 09, 2006; 11:33 P.M.

I can't think of any superlatives which do justice to this story. Just take my 7/7

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Kevin Kratka , September 10, 2006; 12:00 A.M.

In a word...

WOW!

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Jim Kerr , September 10, 2006; 12:24 A.M.

What timing this must have taken......Jim

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Leanna Weber , September 10, 2006; 12:58 A.M.

Wow!! This is an amazing shot. Best pic Ive seen in a long time. So much action. Crisp, clear, great light...Wow!

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Paul Bertrand , September 10, 2006; 01:03 A.M.

Thanks

First of all, thanks for sharing this with us.... I can t believe someome would give a 5 or even a 6 to this photo. I also can t immagine how long you must have been waiting and working to get shoots like this one. It s breathtaking on every aspect. A true masterpiece in nature photography Thank you

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P. Simorgh , September 10, 2006; 01:12 A.M.

the 4/4 rating is ridiculous...

7/7

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Stephan Dietrich , September 10, 2006; 01:14 A.M.

WOW! Absolute Perfection ... 10/10

Miguel: It does not get much better than this. Absolutely amazing capture! This has a 3D effect as well. Ditto to what Marc Adamus stated as well. An award winning image.

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Kah Kit Yoong , September 10, 2006; 03:41 A.M.

On further inspection I can see one fault, the blown highlights on the left side of the bird and fish. Doesn't change the original rating of 7/7 though but nobody else has been able to point out any negatives.

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Timo Hartikainen , September 10, 2006; 03:42 A.M.

This is a great nature photo. Could you provide some additional information how did you managed to get this shot? Is this a natural thing, these birds catch their food this way? Or was that a dead fish floating on the water?

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Miguel Lasa , September 10, 2006; 05:23 A.M.

Photo taken from a Hide, 8 days in a hide to capture this shot, al wild birds. Fish alive and kicking !!

Jose A Gallego , September 10, 2006; 05:40 A.M.

que te puedo decir.....7/7 simplemente un referente a seguir, mis fotos no estᮠen ese camino-estilo, pero cada vez que veo una de estas tuyas amo m᳠la fotografia y los animales.

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kenneth lapikockij , September 10, 2006; 07:40 A.M.

sick...just sick...

miguel, 8 day sin a blind. very patient. i would give anything to be able to devote that much time to my lifelong dream and pation... wildlife photography. well done on this shot. after getting this shot i can picture you going nuts in your blind like you just won the super bowl! L.O.L.!!

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Manuel Gonzalez , September 10, 2006; 07:57 A.M.

Felicitaciones Miguel. Es la mejor foto, en todos los sentidos, que he visto en mucho tiempo, como seguidor de tu increiblente buen trabajo creo que con esta foto ya es imposible superarlo, Saludos

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Gazzaroli Claudio , September 10, 2006; 09:34 A.M.

Straordinario

complimenti un altro capolavoro bravo

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matt parfitt , September 10, 2006; 11:01 A.M.

incredible

An unbeatable capture 7/7... any tips on shooting birds would be very much appreciated!!!!

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Pep Mir , September 10, 2006; 12:35 P.M.

EXCEPCIONAL

Hay una palabra para definir esta foto Miguel: EXCEPCIONAL!

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Domen Dolenc , September 10, 2006; 01:13 P.M.

there is ewery word to spare.7/7

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Marko Airismeri , September 10, 2006; 01:50 P.M.

Well yes, I see this happening almost every day and therefore I just don't bother to take photos about it any more ;) Absolutely stunning!

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Frank Melchior , September 10, 2006; 02:41 P.M.

Miguel

Congrats on the awesome capture here. I have to get out more.

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Fiona Madden , September 10, 2006; 03:57 P.M.

Simply fantastic! Exccellent clarity...great action!

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Reencarnacion Cristalero , September 10, 2006; 04:08 P.M.

No estoy de acuerdo con el amigo GONZALO seguro que tu si superas este trabajo , como todas una gran captura , saludos

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Luca Bertoglio , September 10, 2006; 05:34 P.M.

Absolutely yes!!!!

I think when you got it, you have said yes, yes, yes... like Valentino Rossi this Sunday.

Great timing, composition and sharpness of your best eagle shot!!!

Thank you to submit such images!!

Luca

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Galo Verduga , September 10, 2006; 07:49 P.M.

Knows What It Wants!

Simply an awesome shot. Your guidance told you when to fire off the shutter and you listened. Great job.

Galo

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Daniel Rice , September 10, 2006; 10:06 P.M.

Spectacular

Awesome shot. Way to capture a decisive momment. Cheers!

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Joe Tackett, September 10, 2006; 10:51 P.M.

WOW!

I'm lost for words. The first thing that came out of my mouth was "Damn" thats a hell of a shot. 7/7

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Eldar C , September 10, 2006; 11:47 P.M.

Superb!

This is simply of the greatest pictures I have ever seen. Congrats, well worth the wait!

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K. Tseng , September 11, 2006; 01:25 A.M.

10/10

very nice~~~~~~~~~

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Neil Murray , September 11, 2006; 02:08 A.M.

7/7

A classic. Congratulations. Regards, Neil

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Illuminated Landscape , September 11, 2006; 02:13 A.M.

Perfect

Miguel, this is inspiring, this is excellence, this is photography at its best and your effort is clearly shown here, well rewarded 8 days...wow... 7/7

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Umair Ghani , September 11, 2006; 03:31 A.M.

one can only scream out loud, " WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOW ! ". magical brillaince & artistic impact on this one. regards!

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Lol Cain , September 11, 2006; 04:17 A.M.

Magnificent shot.

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Wendy de Kok , September 11, 2006; 04:29 A.M.

Great action shot with perfect details!

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Juan Pavon , September 11, 2006; 05:54 A.M.

Uno mas alucinado con esta espectacular imagen Miguel....Saludos

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Taci Yuksel , September 11, 2006; 07:53 A.M.

Perfect....! Perfect......

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Peter Kuesters , September 11, 2006; 07:55 A.M.

7/7

Simply perfect !

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Philip Doyle , September 11, 2006; 11:17 A.M.

I don't usually comment even on good avian shots, but as others have said, this is pretty phenomenal! Congratulations!

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David Hemmings , September 11, 2006; 12:49 P.M.

Unreal

Best photo ever Miguel!

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Gary C , September 11, 2006; 01:48 P.M.

Now that's beautiful action and drama. Spectacular nature photo.

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Jarek Grudzinski , September 11, 2006; 02:13 P.M.

7/7

Wow!!! What a shot! Impressive and excellent. Congratulations.

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Mark Castiglia , September 11, 2006; 06:36 P.M.

Perfection

Magnificent!!!

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Louis Blair , September 11, 2006; 07:51 P.M.

Amazing !

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Gordon Martin , September 11, 2006; 08:34 P.M.

Simply the best

This has got to be the best phot I have seen

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George Bruckner , September 11, 2006; 10:59 P.M.

Good timing and sharp eye, well done.

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Robert Semnic , September 12, 2006; 03:31 A.M.

OUTSTANDING. INTERESTING how fish expression is so calm. I wonder about your position during shoting

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Tony Price , September 12, 2006; 07:41 A.M.

7/7

only one word, EXCELLENT

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veli ozkan , September 12, 2006; 08:24 A.M.

7/7

great photo. and what is your lens or lenses?

cong.

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Ghulam Yasin , September 12, 2006; 08:27 A.M.

11.11

I'm lost for words. The first thing that came out of my mouth was "Damn" thats a hell of a shot. D.D.D.D

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Mahrashk Meidani , September 12, 2006; 11:32 A.M.

can I give you 8/8?

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S. Corley , September 12, 2006; 11:29 P.M.

Best I've seen

I have seen many images of eagles pulling fish out of the water over the years to the point where I've grown bored with the concept. Then I came across this one and I have to say you certainly have out done your-self.

Good Job!

Stephen Corley

www.nicelightimages.com

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Andy Glogower , September 12, 2006; 11:48 P.M.

This is so incredibly sharp, I beleive I felt a bit of the splach whn I clicked on the picture. Thanks for hiding out for 8 days to get this shot!

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Dariusz Calkowski , September 13, 2006; 09:27 A.M.

Words are cr@p. 8/8

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Olivier SIMON , September 14, 2006; 01:52 P.M.

A dream

I spent hours inside a blind to try to capture this kind of scene. This pic is what i'm dreaming to do right now. Bravo i admire your work Olivier

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jon clark , September 16, 2006; 07:55 P.M.

This photos is one of the most fantastic photos I've ever seen. Great work. It must put a big smile on your face.

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Kelvin Bernard , September 17, 2006; 01:37 P.M.

PERFECT

7/7. Regards, Kelvin.

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Adam Jepson , September 17, 2006; 04:41 P.M.

Stunning

This is just one of the most breathtaking photographs I have ever seen. I have seen the full-frame version at your website and think you made the right decision in cropping it to enhance the amazing detail of the catch.

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zelai urtzi , September 18, 2006; 09:56 A.M.

fantastica Miguel leo que ocho dias en el hide para conseguirla, pero lo conseguiste, la foto es magnifica en todos los sentidos, felicidades por tu trabajo,

Zelai

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Alex Kropp , September 21, 2006; 08:41 P.M.

Incredible action! Terrific capture. 7/7 Alex

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Robert Bennett , September 22, 2006; 10:56 P.M.

The Best

I'm a huge fan of 'birds in flight' shots, and I've looked at thousand's of them over the last several years.

I have to say, Miguel Lasa is The Best.

Peace, Bob

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Ruud Albers , September 29, 2006; 05:39 A.M.

Really excellent shot, Miguel! Best regards, Ruud.

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gee raj , October 04, 2006; 01:26 P.M.

So much drama...Wonderful shot.

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James Proulx , October 04, 2006; 09:24 P.M.

Wow this photo is absolutly breath taking. all around this photo jsut grabs the viewers eye. Well done!

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Richard Cox , October 05, 2006; 12:56 P.M.

7/7

Simply stunning. The only thing more incredible is that someone rated this 4/4.

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Billy Bender , November 08, 2006; 12:06 A.M.

This shot is CRAZY COOL! I wish I was the one responsible for this capture.

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Landrum Kelly , November 16, 2006; 07:56 A.M.

Absolutamente increible. Muy bien hecho.

--Lannie

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Derek Moore , November 16, 2006; 03:05 P.M.

7/7

Perfect!

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Dan Goldman , November 16, 2006; 04:31 P.M.

Miguel, was this one shot of a series/burst of shots? or was this just one shot and you absolutely nailed it? Also, do you regulary sell your photographs?

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gordan ukic , November 16, 2006; 06:29 P.M.

dugaduga

good eys!

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Ra'id Khalil , November 16, 2006; 11:29 P.M.

If I ever get one like this, then I could die in peace right after that. Thank you for sharing.

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Gary Loveless , November 19, 2006; 12:25 A.M.

Incredible Shot! Congratulations Miguel! The clarity of both fish and bird is fantastic

Regards
Gary

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Dean Bertoncelj , November 30, 2006; 07:13 P.M.

7/7 perfect

great catch ... can the poor guy lift up this cargo :o))

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Iain Smith , December 22, 2006; 07:01 P.M.

Flawless!

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Phil Armitage , December 25, 2006; 02:31 A.M.

What is there to add... this is my favorite image in Miguel's outstanding portfolio and one of the best wildlife shots I've seen. The framing (or cropping as the case may be), technical perfection and immediacy of the moment combine here to create something special.

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Raimondo Marchesin , December 30, 2006; 03:35 A.M.

very good... this is my blog thank you

http://www.raimondomarchesin.it/blog/

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César Ruiz , January 12, 2007; 06:55 A.M.

Magnifica!

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Jeffrey Schwartz , January 21, 2007; 05:56 P.M.

"The Decisive Moment"

You have captured the essence of what Cartier-Bresson termed, "The Decisive Moment"

Congratulations!!!

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Gergo Marosi , January 26, 2007; 08:16 A.M.

I would say the best photo i've ever seen. Thanks for sharing

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Jens Christoffersen , February 02, 2007; 12:07 P.M.

Waaauuuu "The Decisive Moment" 7/7

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Michael Gallagher , February 03, 2008; 09:28 A.M.

Faultless

This is nature and action photography at its supreme best. Ten Out of seven!!

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Prasad Veeturi , February 03, 2008; 05:13 P.M.

Stunning

Absolutely stunning in all means...

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Martin B , February 14, 2008; 10:27 P.M.

Great photo, stunning!!!

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Nick walton , February 16, 2008; 05:54 A.M.

Onoe of the best if not the best avian picture I've ever seen .. can only echo the comments on the low markings on this..just brilliant the framing focus DOF are all outstanding.

Nick

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Harry Lichtman , March 25, 2008; 02:05 P.M.

Unbelievable catch - for both of you. The clarity and peak action is outstanding! 7/7

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Gustavo Navarro , June 09, 2008; 02:41 P.M.

looks

what a envy! (healthy, of course). congratulations and thanks for sharing it. gustavo.

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Gilles Chercuitte , June 30, 2008; 10:57 A.M.

Fantastic! Surely your best shot of all. I like the fact that the catch is so prominent in the frame with great form.

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Sinh Nhut Nguyen , September 14, 2008; 11:29 P.M.

Amazing shot, great detail and sharpness. I don't know why somebody gave you a 4/4, must be too zealous I guess, again amazing shot ! 7/7

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Mary White , October 25, 2008; 10:03 P.M.

Wow!

This shot is so incredible! A split second in time, captured perfect!

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Javier Gutierrez , December 09, 2008; 04:16 P.M.

This is simply amazing...Bravo, fantastico.....

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Grayham Allott , June 24, 2009; 07:24 P.M.

Fishing

Miguel.... this is the most stunning shot I have seen of this type of action, and there are many out there of rapters catching fish. What adds to the impact is the way you have cropped it so tightly whilst maintaining total action. The clarity and colour is superb. Well done and thanks for sharing. Regards

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Ann Dream , December 29, 2009; 02:26 P.M.

comment

damn thats really nice, love it

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Helen Rattray , January 31, 2010; 06:46 A.M.

Stunning photo!!

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