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Elegance Brahminy Kite

Elegance Brahminy Kite
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Copyright: Foozi Saad (foozi) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-06-15
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D90, Nikkor 70-300mm / F 4-5,6 G AF
Exposure: f/7.1
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite Bird of Prey photos 2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2011-06-18 3:51
Viewed: 2674
Points: 46
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Captured at :
shutter speed 1/3200s.
This shot is taken from a slow moving small boat that glides in the mangrove swamp. The water is not so strong but it is quite hard to balance too. The bird perched on tall mangrove trees and stay on the limestone karst that makes many small islands.

In Malaysia, the island of Langkawi is named after the bird , lang is a short form for helang meaning eagle ('kawi' denoting an ochre-like stone used to decorate pottery, and a reference to the bird's primary plumage colour).

Hello Friends,,
after coming back from Perhentian Island in the east coast of Malaysia, I went to Langkawi Island for my short 2 days nature vacation. I went to the mangrove forest to see the forest and the birds.
The most exciting one is observing the Brahminy kite or a specie of eagle.

I realise how difficult it was to capture this swift and fast bird. Here are some information about the photo.

Langkawi,officially known as Langkawi, the Jewel of Kedah (Malay: Langkawi Permata Kedah) is an archipelago of 104 islands in the Andaman Sea, some 30 km off the mainland coast of northwestern Malaysia. The islands are a part of the state of Kedah, which is adjacent to the Thai border. On July 15, 2008, Sultan Abdul Halim of Kedah had consented to the change of name to Langkawi Permata Kedah in conjunction with his Golden Jubilee Celebration. By far the largest of the islands is the eponymous Pulau Langkawi with a population of some 64,792, the only other inhabited island being nearby Pulau Tuba. Langkawi is also an administrative district with the town of Kuah as largest town. Langkawi is a duty-free island.

The Brahminy Kite (Haliastur indus), also known as the Red-backed Sea-eagle, is a medium-sized bird of prey in the family Accipitridae, which also includes many other diurnal raptors such as eagles, buzzards and harriers. They are found in the Indian subcontinent, Southeast Asia and Australia. They are found mainly on the coast and in inland wetlands where they feed on dead fish and other prey. Adults have a reddish brown plumage and a contrasting white head and breast which makes them easy to distinguish from other birds of prey.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2011-06-18 4:06]

Hello Foozi,
Not so usual to see bird-shots from you. I's true that its flight seems elegant and your shot shows well the shape of the big wings. Fine colors too. You noticed the difficulty to take a good shot of a flying bird. Intersting to see that you try a lot of new things!
I wish you a nice weekend
Kind regards

good image.wonderful angle. but lighting is low. thanks for sharing...

Ciao Foozi. Great colours in so low light. Excellent details and sharp consideraing the flying capture.


Hi Foozi,

The bird is well placed in the frame. The point of view is showing the details and colors of the Brahminy Kite in flight. There is a good contrast between the colors of the sky and the colors of the bird. Have a nice day.


a perfect in flight shot of this Brahminy Kite. good sharpness and colour.

Hallo Foozi,
a superb capture of the Brahminy Kite in flight, perfect focusing with very good details, beautiful natural colours, very pleasant composition
Best regards

Ciao Foozi, fantastic in-flight capture, perfect focus, wonderful natural colors and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Sawasdee ka Foozi,
Very nice captured of this Brahminy Kite flying, perfect timing, very good sharpness and great contrast against the background,
Thanks for sharing and have a nice weekend,
Best Regards,

Hello Foozi!
Great shot showing this elegant bird. Your pic here is also very elegant with the bird in diagonal position. Very nice job, indeed!The colors are so natural and also the details are very well visibles.I love it so much! Many congrats , dear Foozi! Thanks for sharing.
Nice w-end!

Hello Foozi,

Well my man these shots are not easy and you have done a super job of this one, perhaps a slight fall off of sharpness, but a sterling job done here and congratulations, good timing and superb lighting control, well done and thanks for sharing,
Best regards my friend and have a nice weekend,


Hi Foozi,
rally beautiful capture of this interesting bird in flight. Excellent point of view. I also like this blue sky in the background.
Have a nice weekend,

Wonderful classical image of a magnificent bird in flight Foozi! Love the pastel colors here and this elegant and simple composition! Bravo ... less is more ;)
George Veltchev

Hello Foozi,
Spectacular image against the skylight with wonderful details and excellent sharpness.
The clarity and the focus are perfect, very interesting.
Thanks for sharing this amazing species of birds.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-06-18 11:44]

Hello Foozi,
Nice photo in difficult light conditions. Good sharpness and an excellent composition.

Hello Foozi
Interesting bird and impressive photo with excellent composition and beautiful lighting.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-06-18 14:07]

Hello Foozi.
Stunning shot of this Kite in flight.Very good POV. Nice light. Good composition and depth of colour. Crisp, clear and sharp. Well done.Best regards Siggi

Hello Foozi
superb in-flight shot, great POV and framing, very sharp details
the bue sky is a beautiful BG
Have a great Sunday

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-06-18 15:44]

Hi Foozi,from the sea to the sky,the result is always the same.What a magnificent in-flight pic whit this spectacular wings position and impressive sharpness! Very well done,have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2011-06-19 0:03]

Hello Foozi,
An excellent capture of this bird inflight,nice colors and great sharpness.TFS.

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2011-06-19 17:47]

Fine spread of the wings by the kite captured well, some shadow details necessary. tfs.

Hello Foozi

Great in-flight shot of the Brahminy Kite
with very fine POV and framing, superbly focused
with great sharpness and details, TFS


Hello Foozi,
I tried to photograph burds in flight yestareday and realised again that it is not easy. Very beautiful and very well done indeed. Best wishes.

Saludos Foozi y gracias por tus amables comentarios.
Tu toma , de difícil realización, interesante sin duda,
quizás adolece de falta de luz, pero el enfoque es muy bueno y consigues
sacar un gran partido a esa lente.
J. Ignasi.

Hello Foozi,
A lovely in flight image of this nice species captured with good details and colours. Well done!

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