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Posted by
CElliottUK (Reading, United Kingdom) on 5 April 2011 in Animal & Insect and Portfolio.

As I've got lot's of shots showing Raptors feeding, I thought that it would be good to tell you about where, what, how etc.
I would love to tell you that I shot the birds on the plains of South Africa, but I didn't!. They were all taken here
The birds are exercised each day, and whilst they are not tethered, are trained so that their flight paths are somewhat predictable.
This is one of the trainers throwing bits of chicks in the air for the raptors to catch. Similar tactics -sometimes using a catapult to get the bits higher in the air were used, for most of the shots I took.

Canon EOS-1D Mark IV 1/6400 second F/2.8 ISO 640 200 mm

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Great establishing shot - must have been wonderful to observe!

5 Apr 2011 7:33am

Richard from Duns, United Kingdom

Well captured!

5 Apr 2011 7:34am

✿ Anina ✿ from Auckland, New Zealand

Oh wow! Superb detail and clariy. Wonderful perspective.
Do you have a new "toy"? :)

5 Apr 2011 7:48am

@✿ Anina ✿: Yep, I got a tax refund, so a new(very heavy) toy is now mine :-)

The Mouse from Glasgow, United Kingdom

And i thought you took this series from celliotec towers!
I love these places.

5 Apr 2011 7:50am

@The Mouse: Next time you are down, I really suggest you go here. It takes about 1 hour to get to from Reading, and it's a really, really good day out!

Sam from Chennai, India

Wonderful shot. Nice colours and detail. Thanks for sharing the information. Very nice. :)

5 Apr 2011 8:02am

mayoline from Hoorn, Netherlands

Great moment captured.

5 Apr 2011 8:04am

PRASHANT from Mumbai, India

She is enjoying...great moment..great shot...5*****

5 Apr 2011 8:35am

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

Splendid capture, a wonderful flight. Nice day.

5 Apr 2011 8:53am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

A bit like clay pigeon shooting for birds then :)

5 Apr 2011 9:04am

@grouser: There is a great similarity! I do clay pigeon shooting, and I've gotta say that sometimes I almost forget whether I've got a gun or a camera in my hand! No birds were harmed whilst making this comment!



5 Apr 2011 9:22am

Philip from Reading, United Kingdom

see what you mean. nicely done.

5 Apr 2011 10:48am

Thea from Leeuwarden, Netherlands

Beautiful shot..nice to see it this way!

5 Apr 2011 11:29am

sim from k, Iran

great shot and hawk

5 Apr 2011 11:35am

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Fantastic capture.

5 Apr 2011 11:39am

Lydia .Dd from de partout et de nulle part, France

Superb details ! A very good job Celliot !

5 Apr 2011 11:40am

Marleen from Doesburg, Netherlands

I see the trainer loves her work and I can imagine why....:-)
Very good capture!

5 Apr 2011 11:43am

Craig from Vacaville, California, United States

Wow! Great timing!

5 Apr 2011 12:01pm

DULCIE from Danville, CA, United States

Good shot..beautiful, fun and I learned something, too. :-)

5 Apr 2011 12:15pm

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

wonderful ! I am amazed with your suddenly fabulous focus .. look at this bird, look at this falling leaf , just amazing !

5 Apr 2011 12:56pm

Lougris from Toulouse, France

un superbe duo !!
une belle prise et réalisée avec beaucoup de qualité!

5 Apr 2011 1:17pm

DowsherVision from PARIS, France

This is really impressive !!! Nice shot.

5 Apr 2011 2:07pm

Don from Spokane, United States

Nice job of capturing the bird and the snack in mid-air. I like the detail and the action in the scene.

5 Apr 2011 2:19pm

rainboy from Nainital, India

beautiful friend ,Teach me a little :)

5 Apr 2011 2:36pm

Anthony Morgan Lambert from Bielefeld, Germany

Spot on focusing and all the action is captured just at the right moment !!

5 Apr 2011 2:59pm

Jason Politte from Conway, AR, United States


5 Apr 2011 3:19pm

Sunder from Chennai, India

Super shot of the sharply focussed bird and its feed in mid air.
You have a high end camera !!! good for you.

5 Apr 2011 3:23pm

Francisco Romero from Carbajal de la Legua, Spain

Very good shot. Everything inside the shallow depth of field of a 2.8 tele. Great job.

5 Apr 2011 3:33pm

M@ndy from London, United Kingdom

The clarity on this shot is amazing

5 Apr 2011 4:18pm

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom

Looks 3 D - well done.

5 Apr 2011 4:37pm

David from Avranches, France

This is the reason I want a manual focus, if i tried taking this shot with the same DOF the bird would be in mexico by now.

5 Apr 2011 4:44pm

Tamara from Aarschot, Belgium

I've always been fascinated by these birds... Fantastic capture Chris. Have a great evening :)

5 Apr 2011 4:58pm

RBL from Oxford, United States

Wonderful capture...beautiful!

5 Apr 2011 6:07pm

alex centrella from California, United States

wow..great catch ...

5 Apr 2011 6:17pm

kiwisa from North Shore, New Zealand

These conservation programmes are amazing and do wonderful work. I went to the raptor conservation centre in South Africa and was so impressed with the work they do.

5 Apr 2011 6:19pm

Ted from South Wales, United Kingdom

great capture Chris!

5 Apr 2011 6:23pm

✿ Anina ✿ from Auckland, New Zealand

Congrats!!! Okay, I'm seriously jealous :)

5 Apr 2011 6:44pm

Michael from Chester, United Kingdom

This is just brilliant, superb details.

5 Apr 2011 7:45pm

Adela Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

Terrific. Great shot! Best regards, Adela

5 Apr 2011 9:42pm

marci from in, Morocco

wow, brilliant! majestic creatures, aren't they?

5 Apr 2011 11:19pm

Becky from los angeles, United States

It doesn't matter where you shot them - they are great images! I love the two of them here - Her ponytail - his/her wings - poetry in motion.

6 Apr 2011 2:34am

Suzanne from Melbourne, Australia

well caught....i imagine the bird will to!

6 Apr 2011 7:15am

☺ ► ƸɼiϾ ◄ ☼ from Narbonne, France

nice composition, and the lady expression is interesting like that :-) 5*

6 Apr 2011 7:59pm

Christine from Duns, United Kingdom

Who cares you weren't on the plains of africa, these shots are fantastic. The bird on it's own would be fantastic but the handler gives this photo lots of interest and energy

6 Apr 2011 8:44pm

L'explorateur from Vancouver, Canada

Lovely shots Chris! And all sharp and smart. I enjoyed them soooo much!

7 Apr 2011 3:03am

Bettina from Los Angeles, United States

Fabulous action in this one as well! Stunning shots.

7 Apr 2011 3:29am

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

The relationship with the handlers is as fascinating as the performances, I find. Love this shot for that as well as the photo-skills.

7 Apr 2011 8:12am

Philip from Reading, United Kingdom

just looked at the website. not a bad price. equivalent of a couple of allied pints, these days. and only down the road. bargain.

7 Apr 2011 8:27am

Julie Brown from Indianapolis, Indiana, United States

That must be a fun place to visit. I wish we had a place like this here!

7 Apr 2011 11:46pm

Canon EOS-1D Mark IV
1/6400 second
ISO 640
200 mm