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Red Kite - Juvenile Searching for Food

Red Kite - Juvenile Searching for Food
Photo Information
Copyright: Nigel Deacon (Merlin) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 445 W: 267 N: 455] (1713)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-01-26
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D300
Exposure: f/4, 1/1000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Juveniles [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2013-02-15 9:32
Viewed: 2711
Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Red Kite is an expert in slow, searching flight and its long wings and long, forked tail give it great manoeuvrability. Much of its food is obtained by scavenging for small carcasses or scraps, but it also takes many invertebrates, birds and small mammals with live prey particularly important in the breeding season.

I have posted other information on this species here where you can see a different view of the red kite in flight.

I had watched two kites searching along a low ridge, dynamically soaring the small updraft produced as the breeze struck the windward slope. I positioned myself in cover, near the crest of the ridge, hoping that one of the birds would pass near enough for a photograph. Three hours of waiting in bitter cold and poor light produced one fly-by and just four frames shot. This is my favourite.

No sharpening or colour modifications applied.

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Hello Nigel,
Excellent in-flight capture with nice clarity and fine details of plumage.

Hallo Nigel
This is a great image. It display huge on my screen, making all the wonderful details of this Red Kite so beautifully visible. It is very striking and has lots of impact on the eye. The feeling/emotion in the bird's eye is very prominent. Thanks for sharing.Best regards.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2013-02-15 10:25]

Hi Nigel,great timing and great quality in this beautiful in-flight pic,magnificent wings pose too and impressive details everywhere,i like it! Have a nice weekend and thanks,Luciano

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2013-02-15 10:33]

Hello Nigel,
Great photo of this Red Kite in good sharpness and very beautiful colours. Perfect timing for this pose. Nice matching background.

hello Nigel
very good details to see in the flight of this beauty
i like the colours to
thanks greeting lou


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2013-02-16 1:55]
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Hello Nigel,
The Red Kite seems to be doing well in England now, judging by your sightings in Lincolnshire!
A fine capture of this juvenile in flight, a great POV taken with fine natural colours and good clarity, though I may have been tempted to sharpen it a little.
Thanks and enjoy your weekend,

Ciao Nigel, great capture of fantastic in-flight bird on beautiful lighting BG, wonderful natural colors and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

Hello Nigel,

perfect timing for this shot. The sharpness isn't completely at the top, but it's so difficult to photograph in-flight birds! I love the position and the soft background.
Very good job, Tfs, Philippe.

Hi Nigel
great image of the Red Kite
I agree that the image is a bit soft and your sharpened image in the WS is much better, sharpness is perfect but there is almost too much contrast in the workshop and the reddish feather are a bit too saturated.
I think you always have to sharpen an image when downsizing, but it is even more important to sharpen it heavily before downsizing and just a little bit after downsizing

Hi Nigel
Super in flight capture of this Red Kite. Great pose with eye contact. Very good POV and DOV with lots of colour and clarity.
Thanks for sharing
Best regards

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2013-02-17 19:31]

Hello Nigel, Looks like patience paid off for you!!
Another impressive inflight image of a Red Kite, taken from a much lower POV then the first. I love the intense look it has on it's face as it searches the landscape for food. Beautiful natural colors and an attractive blurred BG. Exposure is right on the money. Well done!!

Hello Nigel,
Outstanding photograph of the Red Kite, outstanding sharpness, excellent composition, outstanding background.

Dear Nigel
I never managed to photograph 'in flight' birds in a satisfying way when I was active, ergo I admire your work very much and add it to my theme "Juveniles"

In this image you appear to stand underneath the bird, as if it was dive bombing you, as Skua were doing us in Antarctica...

A splendid photo with many sharp details.
You must be a hardy man and enthusiastic to be belly down for hours :-)
Thanks for sharing.
Warm greetings from the Tzaneen Dam in Limpopo, South Africa

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