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Launch of the Attack

Launch of the Attack
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Copyright: Rick Price (Adanac) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-03-18
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 40D, Canon 100-400/4.5-5.6L IS
Exposure: f/11, 1/1000 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Joe's Favourites 2, CeltickRanger's favorite Bird of Prey photos [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-03-19 6:42
Viewed: 3153
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 50
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Today's posting is different for a number of reasons, first and foremost my wife Lucy is the photographer. The reason for this is I said the subjects were just to far a field, but she wanted to try as there was a great deal of action going on. Here a small but courageous Horned Lark is about to launch a daring attack on this Snowy Owl who isn't having a great day because after this attack he endures another from a female Snowy Owl, I will post that image in a workshop. We had a great day yesterday, it started at 4:00 AM when Lucy woke me up as she couldn't sleep, so we packed up and went out to the hills. We arrived way before dawn so I had a snooze and Lucy listened to the sounds, owls hooting, coyotes howling and the amazing sound of silence. I do have to get my hearing aids fixed. At daylight we were off on our safari of sorts. We saw many of Gods creatures, White-tailed Jackrabbits, Snowshoe Hares, Mountain Cottontail, Coyote, two large herds of Elk, 5 Moose, White-tailed deer, Mule deer, Wild Turkeys, 3 Great-horned Owls sitting on nests, Black-capped Chickadees, Horned Larks, Mountain Bluebirds, English Sparrows, Northern Shrike,Gray Partridge, Broad-winged Hawk, Golden Eagle, Canada Geese and 4 Snowy Owls. This is why we love the Cypress Hills, great images not many, great times, and great memories for sure. There has been so many fanastic images of Snowy Owls posted by Lise, Rob and Asbed lately, I hesitated to post these but they are different in thier content but have been shot from a great distance so quality is hurting a bit.

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Quite the different look in this one...congrats to the wife Rick. I think it is framed well and gives one much cause to look more than once!

A very well timed shot!I love the details, the perfect exposure and the beautiful subject!
Very well done!

Hello Rick,

I'm very happy for you that you have so much fun with your wife enjoying nature, great composition with that Lark on the top.. the Owl has a expression of "Oh boy!" great picture.. Well done


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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-03-19 8:18]

Hi Lucy and Rick,

Time for Lucy to join us on TN so we can all get to meet her and see her work. This poor little Owl is just sitting there minding his own business. Great to get the Lark in the frame like that. The workshop shows great timing - I didn't know they attack each other.


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-03-19 8:30]

Hello Rick,
Please tell Lucy that she has made a great entry as a photographer and encourage her to join us on TN!
This is a fascinating bit of action of the Horned Lark trying to mob a Snowy Owl, both being sharply captured and nicely juxtaposed in this composition.
Thank you both for sharing this fine image,

hi rick!
thats a great composition!
different and very nice
well done!

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-03-19 11:53]

Hello Rick,
These Cypress Hills must be exciting. Very beautiful photo with great colours and sharpness. Good timing.

hello Rick and Lucy

2 different photos, i love them 2, but the one of the workshop
AOUTCH what a great action shot, for the one of this image, i love
that you framed vertically keeping on the image the Horned Lark,
thanks to these 2 images Rick and Lucy, specially for the one
of the workshop, what a great action shot


great piece of timing and a fine capture getting the owl's attention as the bird flies overhead. regards h

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-03-19 14:03]

Hi Rick

A great shot - I love the composition and great lighting and detail. Well observed and captured.


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  • rdfoto Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 372 W: 0 N: 719] (3295)
  • [2008-03-19 14:19]

Bonjour Rick
Très belle prise pour la première de Lucy, très beau sujet, bien présenté, Bravo
Amicalement Robi

Hi Lucy and Rick
Hey, what a great event to capture. Well done Lucy. Despite being a bit far away I can still feel the tension in the air. Sound like you had a great day and Rick...did you get your hearing aids fixed :)
Take Care

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  • lizzie Gold Star Critiquer [C: 207 W: 0 N: 605] (2855)
  • [2008-03-19 17:41]

Hi Rick,

Great action in the workshop one, you'll have to go back, hide, be patient and bring us a close-up of their behaviour! The snowy I've seen were always alone,proteting their own area. So, your image is very special.

The other one two is nicely composed vertically by keeping the bird who is preparing to attack!
Well done and thanks for sharing!


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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-03-19 20:33]

Hi Rick.
Please tell Lucy she is great photogrpher.
She did a great work here. Nice accion photo, well framed, and it also has a very fine sharpness and focus. I like it.

The excitement and thrill of your adventure out there in the wilderness are clearly discernible in this image as well as in your workshop image, Rick. Lucy has done a great job of getting both the birds within the frame.
Great action shot for which she must be congratulated.

Hello Rick,
Situtaion is well recorded!
Interesting diagonal is created between the two subjects of interest, a good pose and fine details in the owl...
A fine well balanced composition, unusual!
Pablo -

Hi Rick,
absolutely "La Classe", your lady! The picture has besides the great composition the quality of a specific mood. The soft light is helpful here. Wonderful!
Best regards

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-03-20 3:37]
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What a fantastic shot!!
This is so original!!
Impeccable timing, great composition, superb eye-contact.
One of the best and most unique shots on TN!
Very well done Rick,


p.s this is straight into my favourites!

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-03-20 10:59]

Hi Rick,
Wonderful prelude to the action moment and you have captured the suspense and the excitement pretty well. I pity that Snowy Owl but that is nature at its best and the struggle for survival goes on. Seems you had a great time watching this scene as also your morning sojourn to the hills. Lucky you, so much wildlife around you. Very neat and sharp image with an excellent POV and composition. Kudos.

* A special THANKS for Lucy, for without her agility and perseverance we would not have seen this marvellous shot.

Oh Rick (and Lucy) both are great owl shots. Just give them a touch of Levels and they "come alive". That workshop photo is great. I can't crop a small TN photo, but if I were you I'd crop the original and give it a bit of contrast with the Levels slider. It is fantastic. We rarely see such great action shots here.

Evelynn ; )

Belissimo trabalho muito dificil fotografar uma desta coruja principalmente quando o assunto se mistura com o fundo ficou exelente bem nitida e com linhas definidas meus parabéns.

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2008-03-22 10:02]

Hi Lucy, this is a fantastic shot and it would be great to see more of your pictures! The composition is tight and very well thought with the two birds opposite yet holding the whole frame. Great light too, beautiful colours. Thank you very much and congratulations to you!


Hi Lucy and Rick,
this sure is an attractive photograph and the note explains well what is going on.The details are very good even though the point of view is not as close as you would like.Any time a photo of these wonderful birds can be had ,don't hesitate, just go for it and see what you can get,what Lucy got is wonderful with a nice airy light and exposure that is well focused for the distance involved.I like this photo and thank the two of you for putting it up on TN along with the rest of these Snowy's already on TN,can't have too many Snowy Owls,ya know. Bob

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-03-24 20:43]

Hello Rick

Interesting capture,we have a merlin who sometimes swoops the snowy owl.
The setting is very good,I always admire your grassy ,snowy settings.
The lightings and colours are lovely.
Beautiful detail in the plumage and eyes.


wow, amazing capture and great composition, TFS Ori

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