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Yellow-billed Kite

Yellow-billed Kite
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Copyright: Peter van Zoest (PeterZ) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-05-01
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D300, AF Nikkor 70-300mm f4-5.6 G, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/320 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite Bird of Prey photos 2, CeltickRanger's favorite bird in-flight photos 3 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-06-09 6:57
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Points: 44
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
A Black Kite or a Yellow-billed Kite? First I thought a Black Kite, but Jeroen (Belgerdy) switched me over.

The Yellow-billed Kite is the most numerous bird of prey in Senegal. Everywhere along the coast you see them in great numbers.

The Yellow-billed Kite (Milvus aegyptius) is the Afrotropic counterpart of the Black Kite (Milvus migrans), of which it is most often considered a subspecies. However, recent DNA studies suggest that the Yellow-billed Kite differs significantly from Black Kites in the Eurasian clade, and should be considered as a separate, allopatric species.

There are two subspecies: M. a. parasitus, found throughout most of sub-Saharan Africa (including Madagascar), except for the Congo Basin (with intra-African migrations) and M. a. aegyptius of Egypt, south-west Arabia and the Horn of Africa (which disperses south during the non-breeding season).

As suggested by its name, the Yellow-billed Kite is easily recognized by its entirely yellow bill, unlike that of the Black Kite (which is present in Africa as a visitor during the North Hemisphere winter). However, immature Yellow-billed Kites resemble the corresponding age of the Black Kite.

It is mostly an intra-African breeding migrant, present in Southern Africa July - March and sometimes as late as May. It is generally common.

Habitat and feeding
They are found in almost all habitats, including parks in suburbia, but rare in the arid Namib and Karoo. They feed on a wide range of small vertebrates and insects, much of which is scavenged.

Source: Wikipedia

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Ciao Peter, fantastic rapax in great fly on a beautiful blue sky, excellent sharpness and fine details, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

Hello Peter,
A fine capture of this bird of prey. Spot on focus, sharpness and details. A well composed picture with beautiful luminocity.
TFS and Regards,

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2010-06-09 9:16]

Hi Peter,
Splendid photo of this Black Kite in fly, great sharpness and details, TFS!

That's a fascinating moment, Peter, you captured this impressive bird in his beautiful flight and with excellent sharpness. We can see all details very well, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-06-09 9:56]

Hi Peter,wonderful work!! Not easy to see so perfectly the design of the wings in a in-flight bird.this is truely a masterpiece in your Senegal gallery...great sharpness and colors too.Thanks for share,have a nice day,LUCIANO

Mooie scherpe foto zo Peter, Ik zag in Zuid Afrika veel geelsnavel wouwen, en vroeg me af of dit er niet ook zo een was


Hallo Peter,
a splendid capture of the Black Kite in-flight, good sharpness and marvellous natural colours, nice composition with a lovely posture of this beautiful bird of prey.
Best regards

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2010-06-09 12:19]

Hi Peter
What a lovely shot!
A great Black Kite !
Details and colors are perfect!

Hello Peter,
Excellent shot with very nice details and great colours.
Very good composition with the blue sky as background.

Hello Peter, a beautiful kite, detailed and perfect shot.
TFS and regards,

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-06-09 13:26]

Hello Peter,
Fine in-flight capture of this Black Kite. This is nice and sharp and well composed
against a pleasing blue sky.Thanks for sharing this one.Best regards Siggi

hello Peter

great in-flight shot of this kite with fine POV from its under,
the POV and the kite's flight pose its show us his speed,
superbly focused with great sharpness and details,
the catch-light render the photo more beautiful, TFS


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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2010-06-09 19:31]

Hello Peter,
A fine in flight capture of this beautiful raptor, the details are splendid in this great composition. Thank you for sharing Peter, see you soon.

Good Morning Peter,

Very eye-pleasing in-flight capture of a kite from nice vantage point with great composition. Nice use of the DOF to focus in on the details.
TFS and have a nice day!


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-06-10 11:13]

Hello Peter,
A very nice in-flight of a Yellow-billed Kite.
The ventral POV shows the features with excellent colours, good sharpness and fine wing position against a nice blue sky BG.
Thanks and best regards,

Great catch of this flying kite Peter.
TFS. Regards.

Hello Peter,
Good in-flight capture taken with good details and sharpness. Well done!

Hello Peter,
Another great "in flight" is very difficult to make with this POV from below, but I think you're handling this angle very well. Congratulations! TFS, regards, Jesús

Hello Peter
great in-flight shot, the plumage of this Kite well detailed and you have frozen it in a very nice pose, i like the composition, only the bird and the blue sky
excellent capture
Have a good night

Hallo Peter,

zag hem bijna over het hoofd door de command.
Mooie warme kleuren en zeer gedetaileerd in vlucht foto.
Hij heeft al wart te lijden gehad als je naar zijn veren kijkt.
Goed van schertpte.


Hello Peter
very nice capture of pretty Yellow-billed Kite from Senegal in flight. sharp focus, POV and eye contact great as like light using and composition. thanks for sharing, best wishes

IMVHO definitely this is not black kite ;) Very good photo. TFS

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