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Copyright: Paul van Slooten (pvs) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-10-21
Categories: Birds
Camera: Sony Alfa dSLR A700, Sony 300mm F2.8 G, Digital RAW 200, bean bag
Exposure: f/4, 1/250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Krugerpark October 2008
Date Submitted: 2008-11-08 1:31
Viewed: 3757
Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
On request of peter (Peterz) I named this killerbird with its african name,we found this bird on the bridge near Olifantscamp on the H1-4,this is one of the larger bridges in the Krugerpark where you even are permitted to get out of the car within a demarcated area,this kite did not bother us when we stopped our car within a few meters of him and made some nice snapshots,hope you like it and tfw.

Black (Yellow-billed) Kite

Description - They have a rusty brown plumage, a pale band across the upper wing, yellow bill and legs. It is a small raptor that can be distinguished from other small raptors by the distinctive forked tail. This is twisted in flight from the horizontal to the almost vertical as it steers and manoeuvres through the air, so that it can swoop down and pick up prey even between moving motor vehicles. The immature bird is darker and has a black bill.

Distribution - Throughout Southern Africa.

Habitat - Mainly found in woodlands, human settlements and semi-arid savanna.

Biological - Common resident. Highly gregarious when not breeding, otherwise solitary or in pairs. Frequents roads for road-killed animals. Size 51-60 cm, wingspan 133-180 cm.

Diet - Hunts in flight and preys on a variety of small animals, such as insects and small vertebrates. Also known to scavenge from picnic spots.

Breeding - September to November. The nest is a bowl of sticks about 50-80 cm deep, lined with rags, wool, dung, skin and other rubbish built in the canopy of a tree. They lay 2 to 3 white eggs with brown markings. Both sexes incubate for a period of about 6 weeks. Hatching after 5 weeks and fledgling at 6 weeks. The nestling period is about 6 weeks.

Voice - Sometimes a whinnying "klieeeuw" trill in flight.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-11-08 1:40]

Hello Paul,
A fine frontal-face portrait of this sub-species of the Black Kite, the Yellow-billed. The sharpness and DOF are ideal to show the bird in the best way from this POV.
TFS this fine image,
Have a good weekend,

Hello Paul,

Excellent capture.
Sharpness and focus are good.
Lighting and composition are fantastic.

Hello Paul,
Great capture of this kite, the focus is perfect, would have been better if standing on a branch instead of the pipe but this was not under your control !
Well done

This is a fine shot, with cool, soft lighting and perfect control of DOF giving a uniformly blurred pastel background. I particularly appreciate the natural colours and your light touch with sharpening. I think the man-made perch is very fitting for such an urban scavenger.
Regards, Nigel.

Nul doute que le photographe a été repéré.
Bonne journée.

Hallo Paul,
Deze zou ik ook wel publiceren, ook al zit ie op die brug.
Heel raar dat ie daar blijft zitten...:-)
Prachtig hoe ie poseert. Ook de achtergrond is heel goed en passend.
Toen ik er was zaten de roofvogels ofwel hoog in de bomen ofwel waren ze aan 't vliegen)-:
Heel mooie vogel en volgens mij ga je niet veel dergelijke portretten terugvinden in gespecialiseerde werken e.d.

Hallo Paul,
Prachtige foto, mooi scherp, neutrale achtergrond,... Prima!

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