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Puffin with food. Photo Contest SECOND PLACE Winner
Puffin with food.
Puffin with food.
This Puffin returns to Staple Island, one of the Islands that make up the Farne Islands, with a bill full of sand eels to feed it's chick which is waiting patiently underground where it is safe from preditors. They have to run the gauntlet of many hungry Gulls laying in wait, ready to ambush them in an attempt to steal their hard earned catch. The Puffins respond by doing a controled crash landing right into their burrows which is highly entertaining to watch.

1/600th sec @ f/6.3, ISO 200. Canon 20D, 100-400L IS.
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Chris Ebben
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    Great action shot & narrative. You are so lucky to have been in the position to take this wonderful picture. Good one =^..^=

7/19/2007 3:03:02 AM

Donald K. Cherry
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Wow, what a cool capture, Mark! Love the detail and comp along with your description.

7/19/2007 3:09:43 AM

Paul  G  Slate
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I really like the lighting! nice work Mark!! this turned out great! it's A winner!! Great POV!great DOF! I have never seen a photo of a puffin in flight! great capture!!

7/19/2007 3:10:00 AM

Jennifer L. Alder
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7/19/2007 3:13:53 AM

Autum Rhoades
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Mark, this is brilliant! Your clarity is absolutely stunning! WOW!!!

7/19/2007 4:28:14 AM

Peggy J. Maguire
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Mark, Love the detail,wonderful picture.

7/19/2007 4:44:54 AM

Peter Appelbaum
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Awesome capture, Mark. It's hard to capture these guys sitting still. Nice work. Peter

7/19/2007 5:46:52 AM

Murry Grigsby
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Great catch and narrative Mark! Love your image design, light, colors, DOF and of course the frozen action!!

7/19/2007 6:19:09 AM

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7/19/2007 6:36:50 AM

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AWESOME capture Mark!

7/19/2007 10:30:14 AM

Kathleen Brennan
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Wow, talk about a great wildlife shot! Wonderful capture!

7/19/2007 9:07:24 PM

Revonda L. Gentry
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Wow!! Excellent!!

7/23/2007 9:14:53 AM

Mark Oxley
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Thanks very much folks, I really appreciate all your kind comments.

7/23/2007 9:19:27 AM

Cary Rogers
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Outstanding captue, Mark! Excellent timing, framing against the sky, and subject detail. It looks like this poor fellow has a hole in one of his webbed feet!

7/23/2007 10:35:40 AM

Toni Riggs
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Great capture, both for you and the Puffin! Great work!

7/24/2007 12:33:53 PM

Deborah C. Lewinson
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Congratulations on this marvelous finalist, Mark!

8/27/2007 3:47:24 PM

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Congratulations Mark on your awesome finalist! B-

8/27/2007 3:57:02 PM

Peter Appelbaum
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Absolutely awesome image. Well deserved finalist. Peter

8/27/2007 5:31:55 PM

Jennifer L. Alder
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CONGRATS on this WINNING image!! :)

8/29/2007 8:53:32 AM

Kay E. Mahoney
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Congratulations on your awesome second place winner.

8/29/2007 1:08:38 PM

Janine Russell
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Mark, great capture and timing; big congratulations on your Second Place Win!

8/29/2007 10:02:12 PM

Cora Miller
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What a shot! Congratulations on your win.

8/29/2007 11:41:18 PM

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Congratulations on this Awesome Winner, Mark!!

8/29/2007 11:43:05 PM

Donna J. Eaton
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A wonderful image. It looks like you were waiting with the chicks for dinner! Congratulations on an outstanding win!

8/30/2007 4:13:52 AM

Murry Grigsby
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Congrats on your FUN image and win Mark!!

8/30/2007 8:27:03 AM

Mick Burkey
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Fantastic capture, Mark!! Congratulations on thiw winning image.

8/30/2007 9:39:19 AM

Deborah C. Lewinson
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Hearty congrats on your terrific win, Mark!!!

8/31/2007 4:33:26 PM

Guy D. Biechele
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Superb. Congratulations on your win, Mark.

9/1/2007 10:47:25 AM

Mark Oxley
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Thank you very much everyone. I'm very pleased to have been awarded this very prestigious second place win, especially when there were so many fantastic images entered.

9/2/2007 5:25:17 AM

Kate Jackson
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Congratulations Mark - what a stunning image especially as puffins are so small and they do not look so small in photos. Thanks for the wonderful description too!

9/3/2007 2:42:19 PM

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I am thinking how it can a photographer to get picture like this.
Besides competence and good equipment...
I imagine that also needs to fly... Like bird!
Spectacular. Absolutely original... And with unquestionable quality.
A picture that increases any site.
Congratulations! My Favorite picture, from now on...


9/5/2007 4:40:06 PM

Ali K

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hi, super.

9/6/2007 11:33:46 PM

Lisa J. Boulden
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What a hoot of a capture!!!

Congratulations on this wonderful winner, Mark!

9/17/2007 8:42:29 AM

Victoria Gonzalez
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great catch ! And thank you for the description it adds so much to the photo. Congratulations !

9/19/2007 8:22:12 AM

Colleen Farrell
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Just saw this on the BP home page ... wonderful capture and great description. Congratulations on your win!

11/5/2007 11:28:08 PM

Christopher B. 
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Fantastic shot, and funny too

6/22/2008 7:30:46 PM

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All of your in flight captures are awesome. Both bird and plane. This one just blows me out of the water. Congrats on a well deserved WIN here Mark!

11/26/2008 3:14:54 PM

Ann Coates
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Wow, this is absolutely awesome. Fantastic image and congratulations on your well deserved win.

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