Darold W. Kaestner 1/4/2006 8:48:35 AM

Very nicely done! Really like the colors... I have to agree, the 20D is a excellent camera!
Dan K. #369082

Navin Talwar 1/4/2006 9:25:43 AM

Reflection and the composition both excellent. #2251572

Fax Sinclair 1/4/2006 9:33:08 AM

This is crazy good! #2251588

Crystal E. Berryman 1/4/2006 11:37:18 AM

The photo is a "silent beauty." You can hear the silence. Truly a moment in time.

Tamera S. Phillips 1/4/2006 11:49:49 AM

Just a beautiful shot. Love the colors. #2252067

Ronald Balthazor 1/4/2006 4:08:12 PM

Amazing capture.
How far are you reaching with your better beamer? #2252806

Wende Trew 1/4/2006 5:25:21 PM

This is a totally amazing image!! Fantastic detail!! #2253049

Janine Russell 1/5/2006 12:13:31 AM

Dick and Sara, awesome composition, colors, clarity and detail. #2253861

Sara And Dick 1/5/2006 3:52:24 PM

Dan, Navin, Fax, Crystal, Tamera, Ronald, Wende and Janine - We can't thank you enough for your words of encouragement! Your praise is very appreciated and after viewing your websites we doubly feel honored! We had the greatest time over at Sanibel (Ding Darling Wildlife Reserve) shooting these roseatte spoonbills. For a while they were taking off, landing, preening, in a feeding frenzy - we could not shoot fast enough. The secret is to get there in early morning (sunrise - but they open at 7:30) with low tide cause they will be out feeding on the flats. We hope to be going there again this weekend, but we are getting a cold spell with freezing weather... But we hope that we will still have the great photo ops we had last weekend. Thanks again and have a wonderfully beautiful and safe 2006!! Dick & Sara #2256375

Corinne M. Thompson 1/13/2006 2:14:11 PM

Very beautiful capture! #2285448

Sara And Dick 1/17/2006 3:13:49 PM

Corinne, Thank you for your kind comments! We made it back to Ding this weekend, the weather was bleak (cold and windy), but we managed to meet some very interesting people, and get some good shots too!!! All in all, we must say, we had a great time! Thanks again for your comments - Dick & Sara #2299632

Nicole Kessel 1/28/2006 5:30:18 PM

WOW! Awesome capture!! #2350252

Donna W. Neal 2/21/2006 4:36:18 AM

Congratulations on a well deserved finalist Dick and Sara (not sure who took the shot) #2444482

Wayne T. Fisk 2/21/2006 8:59:21 AM

Totally astounding! And you got the reflection and caught him at warp speed!
Wayne #2446524

James Reininger 2/21/2006 11:37:25 AM

Wow!!! #2447488

Anita Taylor 2/21/2006 6:48:34 PM

Lovely color and capture of flight! Congratulations on getting finalist! #2450005

Corinne M. Thompson 2/21/2006 7:12:36 PM

Congrats to you both on this wonderful Finalist! :) #2450173

The Judges at BetterPhoto.com 2/22/2006 1:45:22 AM

Very graceful! #2451522

Cindy Cone 2/24/2006 4:30:12 PM

Congrats on this gorgeous finalist! It's a great capture of the spoonbill in flight with the reflection. Very well done! #2463368

Deborah Sandidge 2/25/2006 1:19:58 PM

Exquisite capture and reflection, congratulations Dick and Sara on this stunning winner! #2466754

Mike F. Anderson 2/25/2006 1:46:36 PM

Just Excellent!!! Congratulations on well deserved win. #2466985

Isabel L 2/25/2006 2:04:36 PM

This is such an intersting shot!! Congratulations! #2467089

Jim Kinnunen 2/25/2006 7:17:38 PM

Awesome image...congratulations!!! #2468400

Donna La Mattino Pagakis 2/25/2006 7:28:13 PM

Wow, fabulous winner!! Congratulations!! #2468444

Corinne M. Thompson 2/25/2006 8:36:58 PM

A well deserved win...Congrats :) #2468744

Paula Kelly 2/26/2006 3:25:23 AM

congratulations... excelllent #2469418

Donna W. Neal 2/26/2006 5:50:26 AM

Congratulations on this outstanding winner

I love my 20D also #2469876

Nan Fischer 2/26/2006 6:28:12 AM

Wow. Beautiful bird, excellent shot! Congratulations on your win! #2470071

Leanne M.E. Boyd 2/26/2006 8:59:05 AM

Gorgeous shot, congratulations on your win! #2470686

Bill Houghton 2/26/2006 12:29:08 PM

This is really beautiful. Great work. Where in Sanibel is this place locates. Thanks, Bill #2471292

Sara And Dick 2/26/2006 1:53:16 PM

To all who have commented to us since 1/28/06 we can't thank you enough. We have tried a couple of times to expressed our gratitude but the reply would not go through.... Once again, thank you for expressing your appreciation of one of my favorite images. Dick Fortune #2471490

Graeme yew Chow 2/26/2006 10:22:45 PM

Excellent shot and congratulation ,, Dick. #2472616

Allan L. Whitehead 2/27/2006 3:39:50 AM

Dado, congratulations on this magnificent win in last month's contest in the 'Animals' category. It is truly, richly deserved, my very dear friend - your good friend, Allan #2473312

Guy D. Biechele 2/27/2006 10:11:45 AM

Spectacular capture!! Congratulations on your win. #2475135

Sara And Dick 2/28/2006 3:31:47 PM

Graeme, Allan and Guy - Thank you so much for your remarks on our "Rose". Sara and I hope to go back to Ding Darling soon and hope to come back with more images of these spectacular birds! Thanks again... #2480616

Cathy M. Gromball 3/21/2006 5:28:17 PM

Congratulations on your Second Place win, Dick & Sara!

Cathy :) #2559135

Sara And Dick 4/24/2006 4:07:26 PM

Cathy, we are so sorry for the delay in answering you - we would hate not getting a response on our comments. Please accept our apologies for our delay. We visited Ding Darling NWR New Year's Day only to catch massive ground fog where you could not see 150 feet in front of you. It took us forever getting there due to the foggy and hazardous conditions. Sara and I thought the trip would be wasted because we couldn't see any birds for water at the preserve due to the fog. Miraculously at about 8:30 - 9:00 a.m. the fog started to lift which, like squatting down and viewing underneath a table, we were able to see bird activity flying low to the water as they too needed to see in flight. This roseate flying below the fog bank was so close to the water that his/her reflection was caught in multiple frames. There was quiet a bit of grain since I was shooting at 800 ISO, necessary due to the low light. This picture sold for $475.00 at the CROW (Center for Rehabilitation of Wildlife) auction in Sanibel, at their annual fund raiser. We were happy to donate it and 8 others of our images for this worthwhile cause. Again, Cathy, thank you for your kind words and once again forgive our delay... Dick #2681955

Crystal E. Berryman 4/24/2006 4:20:52 PM

As I said before...beautiful. Just beautiful. I was speechless when I first saw it. Thank you for sharing it. Be safe. Chris :) #2681980

Debbie Del Tejo 4/25/2006 9:15:32 AM

WOW, this one passed me by since in January I did not have computer..I just caught it and my mouth dropped. I AM SPEECHELSS!!!! ( for a change!)

Sara And Dick 4/25/2006 3:38:05 PM

Crystal & Debbie - thank you for your most generous comments!!!! They truly are appreciated. Sara and I wish that everyone could have the chance to see these unusually beautiful birds at least once in their lives - we see them now on weekends at Everglades National Park, but from a distance. There is an island where they have their rookery, but even my 600 with a 1.4Xt is not enough to get this type of shot(or anywhere near it). We were blessed with the opportunity to capture the spoonbills so close that they were on ocassion closer than 18 feet, which meant I could only look at them and not focus. On one ocassion I took my tripod and camera back about 20 feet so as to be able to keep shooting head shots and profiles as they swept their beaks in the shallow waters looking for food. Again thank you for your wonderful comments!!! Dick & Sara #2688231

Baqer Mohd Jawad 9/13/2006 11:19:39 AM

Great capture for this Spoonbill .. love it ! #3304661

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As morning breaks and the fog lifts, this Ding Darling Roseatte Spoonbill takes first flight of the New Year, January 1, 2006. Canon 600 w 1.4 xt., 550 flash with better beamer at -1.00 fc for fill. ISO 800 - love my Canon 20D - minimal noise reduction in the background with Photoshop CS. NOTE - Ding Darling in Sanibel, Florida is alive with Roseattes, Reddish Egrets, White Pelicans, different shore birds, etc., etc., etc.....

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