Puffin with food.

© Mark Oxley

Puffin with food.

Chris Ebben Student 7/19/2007 3:03:02 AM

Great action shot & narrative. You are so lucky to have been in the position to take this wonderful picture. Good one =^..^= #694232

Donald K. Cherry 7/19/2007 3:09:43 AM

Wow, what a cool capture, Mark! Love the detail and comp along with your description. #4525563

Paul G Slate 7/19/2007 3:10:00 AM

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!! #4525564

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

SUPERB!! #4525576

Autum Rhoades 7/19/2007 4:28:14 AM

Mark, this is brilliant! Your clarity is absolutely stunning! WOW!!! #4525959

Peggy J. Maguire 7/19/2007 4:44:54 AM

Mark, Love the detail,wonderful picture. #4526055

Peter Appelbaum 7/19/2007 5:46:52 AM

Awesome capture, Mark. It's hard to capture these guys sitting still. Nice work. Peter #4526308

Murry Grigsby 7/19/2007 6:19:09 AM

Great catch and narrative Mark! Love your image design, light, colors, DOF and of course the frozen action!! #4526422

Joan Kocak 7/19/2007 6:36:50 AM

AMAZING! #4526495

anonymous 7/19/2007 10:30:14 AM

AWESOME capture Mark! #4527408

Kathleen Brennan 7/19/2007 9:07:24 PM

Wow, talk about a great wildlife shot! Wonderful capture! #4529083

Revonda L. Gentry 7/23/2007 9:14:53 AM

Wow!! Excellent!! #4544014

Mark Oxley 7/23/2007 9:19:27 AM

Thanks very much folks, I really appreciate all your kind comments. #4544042

Cary Rogers 7/23/2007 10:35:40 AM

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! #4544423

Toni Riggs 7/24/2007 12:33:53 PM

Great capture, both for you and the Puffin! Great work! #4549405

Deborah C. Lewinson 8/27/2007 3:47:24 PM

Congratulations on this marvelous finalist, Mark!
-Debby #4706839

anonymous 8/27/2007 3:57:02 PM

Congratulations Mark on your awesome finalist! B- #4706920

Peter Appelbaum 8/27/2007 5:31:55 PM

Absolutely awesome image. Well deserved finalist. Peter #4707879

Jennifer L. Alder 8/29/2007 8:53:32 AM

CONGRATS on this WINNING image!! :) #4717982

Kay E. Mahoney 8/29/2007 1:08:38 PM

Congratulations on your awesome second place winner. #4719555

Janine Russell 8/29/2007 10:02:12 PM

Mark, great capture and timing; big congratulations on your Second Place Win! #4721772

Cora Miller 8/29/2007 11:41:18 PM

What a shot! Congratulations on your win. #4721993

Su Sana E. P 8/29/2007 11:43:05 PM

Congratulations on this Awesome Winner, Mark!! #4721996

Donna J. Eaton 8/30/2007 4:13:52 AM

A wonderful image. It looks like you were waiting with the chicks for dinner! Congratulations on an outstanding win! #4722815

Murry Grigsby 8/30/2007 8:27:03 AM

Congrats on your FUN image and win Mark!! #4723867

Mick Burkey 8/30/2007 9:39:19 AM

Fantastic capture, Mark!! Congratulations on thiw winning image. #4724107

Deborah C. Lewinson 8/31/2007 4:33:26 PM

Hearty congrats on your terrific win, Mark!!!
-Debby
#4729502

Guy D. Biechele 9/1/2007 10:47:25 AM

Superb. Congratulations on your win, Mark. #4732596

Mark Oxley 9/2/2007 5:25:17 AM

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. #4735592

Kate Jackson 9/3/2007 2:42:19 PM

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! #4741660

virafoto - 9/5/2007 4:40:06 PM

Unbelievable...
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...

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Ali K 9/6/2007 11:33:46 PM

hi, super. #4758198

Lisa J. Boulden 9/17/2007 8:42:29 AM

What a hoot of a capture!!!

Congratulations on this wonderful winner, Mark!
--Lisa #4803015

Victoria Gonzalez 9/19/2007 8:22:12 AM

great catch ! And thank you for the description it adds so much to the photo. Congratulations ! #4811826

Colleen Farrell 11/5/2007 11:28:08 PM

Just saw this on the BP home page ... wonderful capture and great description. Congratulations on your win! #5033547

Christopher B. 6/22/2008 7:30:46 PM

Fantastic shot, and funny too #6094649

A P 11/26/2008 3:14:54 PM

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! #6812868

Ann Coates 6/18/2010 12:43:33 PM

Wow, this is absolutely awesome. Fantastic image and congratulations on your well deserved win. #8703496

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Description

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.

Uploaded on 7/19/2007 2:58:24 AM

BetterPhoto.com Photo Contest SECOND PLACE Winner


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