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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/10.0, 1/400 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2016-01-02 5:32
Viewed: 2263
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
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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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2016-01-02 8:48]

Hi Peter,beautiful shot about this curious kite,i like a lot the composition very sharp and bright with a monocolor background! Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano

Hello Peter,
Hope life is good, wish you a happy new Year once again and do also hope you are having a good time. This is a superb shot of this lovely Yellow-billed Kite with a lot of light blue sky in front of it, I mean the space.....in the world of photography, you have perfectly followed the rules here....smile. The bunch of green leaves adds a lot to the overall beauty of the scene in this lovely shot, enjoyed it, take care,
Best regards/Abid

Hello Peter
Excellent portrait of this Yellow-billed Kite. He's nicely perches with his head cocked ready to hunt. It's great you caught his eye, he looks like he means business.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2016-01-02 19:07]

Hello Peter,
You have presented to us a majestic looking Yellow-billed Kite. It has posed perfectly for you on the end of this stout looking branch. Such an intense gaze on it's face while showing beautiful color and good detail. Nicely exposed considering you had to deal with some fairly bright lighting.

Hello peter
great capture of this kite, the sky highlight the bird very well, fine details on the plumage, suberb POV and pose of the bird
Have a good night

Hello Peter,
Excellent image with lovely clarity and focus. Interesting bird of prey, the colors and shape are close to the European Common Buzzard.
A top quality capture.

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Hello Peter,

Quite well captured this 'Yellow Billed Kite' from very far; I think so. Well composition with splendid sharpness. Color looks very natural.
Thanks for sharing with useful NOTE,

Hallo Peter
super opname met een goede compositie
scherpte en details zijn erg goed
bedankt gr lou

NICE CAPTURE.Good contrast against the bright sky.

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2016-01-05 9:07]

Hi Peter,
Nice capture of a beautiful Kite,a marvellous colours and excellent focus.
Very good composition.
Regards Jiri.

Ciao Peter, great capture of lovely bird in nice pose, wonderful natural colors, splenfine details and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Hello Peter

Great shot of this expressive bird of prey, with fine POV and framing,
beautiful light, excellent focus, sharpness, and details, TFS


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