WPY 2010

Photograph Details

Runner-up 2010

Behaviour: Birds

Jim Neiger, United States of America

The mobster

Jim has been photographing the birds on his home patch in Florida for a number of years and has got to know exactly where to find certain individuals, including a pair of great horned owls. One evening, just before sunset, he was focusing on one of the owls when a fish crow suddenly appeared above it and dived down, jabbing the owl with its feet. 'I got this image the instant before the crow made contact,' says Jim. 'The owl was obviously used to being mobbed. It barely flinched, shrugged off the crow and continued on its flight.'

Technical specification

Canon EOS-1D Mark III + 500mm f4 lens + 1.4x converter; 1/1000 sec at f5.6; ISO 1250.


Lake Kissimmee, Florida, USA: latitude 27.918003, longitude -81.28492 Lake Kissimmee, Florida, USA: latitude 27.918003, longitude -81.28492

Lake Kissimmee, Florida, USA

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Jim Neiger, United States of America