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Red Kite

Red Kite
Photo Information
Copyright: Mark Oxley (MojoUK) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 65 W: 7 N: 328] (1479)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-08-03
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon EF 100-400mm F/4.5-5.6L IS USM, Digital ISO 100
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/250 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-08-08 11:22
Viewed: 8716
Points: 32
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Taken at a recent visit to the Hawk Conservency Centre along with another TNer, Tim (bakerman). Thanks for the company and enjoyable day Tim.:-)

Camera monopod mounted and shot through a wire fence. I would have prefered to include all of the bird but the only way to completly throw the fence OOF was to zoom out to 400mm.

No crop or any other PP needed other than resize and USM.

Red kite.
Milvus milvus.

This magnificently graceful bird of prey is unmistakable with its reddish-brown body, angled wings and deeply forked tail. It was saved from national extinction by one of the world's longest running protection programmes, and has now been successfully re-introduced to England and Scotland. It is an Amber List species because of its historical decline.

Where does it live?
Likes deciduous woodland with farmland and grassland nearby.
Similar to breeding habitats but winter communal roosts are often established in woods.

Where to see it?
At one time confined to Wales, a reintroduction scheme has brought them back to many parts of England and Scotland. Central Wales, central England - especially the Chilterns, and the Black Isle, Scotland are the best areas to find them.

What does it eat?
Carrion, worms and small mammals.

What does it sound like?
Mewing and whistling calls.

When to see it:
All year round.

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2006-08-08 11:33]

This is a stunning capture that looks more like a portrait. I love the colours and composition and especially the light in the eye. Superb work A++

Hi Mark

Nice portrait of this magnificent raptor. Great details, well framed with black BG. TFS


He looks angry!

Great portrait of this amazing animal. Very good details, excellent composition

TFS Greetz Kristies

Hi Mark

Superb portrait. What a sharp look. Good POV and DOF.


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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2006-08-08 13:06]

marvelous head Mark.
a very good portrait, good details a nice point of view and very good details, a pleasure to look at, well done.
gr. jaap

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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2006-08-08 13:24]

Hello Mark , A Very Beautifull portret from the hawk , beauty colours ,sharpnes details his eye ,pose pov and black bg and framing , tfs Greetings Teunie .

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  • cali Silver Star Critiquer [C: 32 W: 0 N: 0] (316)
  • [2006-08-08 13:38]

le regard fixe d'un grand prédateur, de la détermination et surtout ... attention... ne venez pas vous frotter à moi.... un très très beau portrait d'une grande netteté.. Bravo et merci.

Hello Mark, superb portrait photo.
Very well done!
greetings and TFS, Jan-arie

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2006-08-08 19:48]

Hola Mark. Exelente foto., Grandes detalles en el pico y los ojos de esta bella Aguila. Te felicito. Tu nota muy buena tambien. Luis52

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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2006-08-08 23:12]
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Hi Mark,
Greetings from Texas :-) Beautiful portrait shot. The light, composition and dark BG make this a great shot for me, quite striking. Excellent detail and colour too, great shot.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-08-09 3:21]

Lovely portrait, Mark.
The beautiful features of this kite are crisply isolated and brought out.
Beautiful colors and light and fantastic POV.
TFS. : )

Hi Mark,
a nice portrait of a beautiful raptor.
The details are very good and it's well seen from the dark BG.
Well done.

Well now, aint this the most perfect portrait of this beautiful raptor or what? Love the black background it gives all attention to this perfect looking bird. :)

Hi Mark
Great shot and very sharp. I've not had a chance to sort mine out yet. Tim

Hello Mark,
This is an excellent profile portrait. Lovely color and light, and the BG does wonders :)
Outstanding sharpness/detail and perfect DOF as well.
Very well done.

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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2006-08-14 2:53]

Hi Mark,

Very effective capture of this beautiful hawk. You caught him very sharp and the colours are great.


Hi again,

Wow, another great portrait, perfect BG and nice details. I like the light and the sharpness on the eye.



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