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Black-shouldered Kite

Black-shouldered Kite
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Copyright: Adam Hays (Adam73) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 208 W: 5 N: 522] (2253)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-11-03
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 30d, Canon 300mm F2.8L IS +2x TC
Exposure: f/8, 1/640 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Birds of Prey- RAPTORS (III) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-11-04 8:50
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I was walking through Coyote Hills in Newark looking for birds and saw these two beautiful Kites playing. They were a bit far so its not as sharp as I would like.

source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black-shouldered_Kite

The name "Black-shouldered Kite" was formerly used for a European and African species, Elanus caeruleus, and the Australian bird (and also a North American species, the White-tailed Kite Elanus leucurus) were treated as subspecies of this. However the three species are now regarded as distinct, and the name Black-winged Kite is used for E. caeruleus. Modern references to the Black-shouldered Kite should therefore unambiguously mean the Australian species.

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  • Arjun Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 358 W: 7 N: 1237] (7593)
  • [2007-11-04 8:57]

hi adam,
xcellent picture with brilliant details and fantastic composition..nice pov and great moment.

superb shot adam you caught one landing and one in full cry, perfect timing and the sharpness looks good to me.

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  • mpr (62)
  • [2007-11-04 9:41]

Hi Adam

Splendid capture. The wings and the cry of the other Kite is a great catch. Sharpness looks fine. Nice work!

Wow! This is an excellent action shot with superb composition, colors, exposure and moment captured. This is very well done! Congratulations!

great pic, TFS Ori

In case you are not sure. This is White-tailed Kite (Elanus leucurus). It is the only member of the so-called caeruleus-axillaris-leucurus complex that has a range in the New World.

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2007-11-04 10:40]

I really like the composition on that one, both "V"s leading the eye to the second bird. Well seen.

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  • arunk Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 26 W: 0 N: 19] (272)
  • [2007-11-04 10:48]


Super photo, Well composed
Thanks for sharing the same

Arun krishnaiah

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2007-11-04 10:59]

Hello Adam
Excellent presentation.Very good POV and very sharp image whit great details and lovely colors.Very well composed to.
TFS Michel

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  • pirate Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 799 W: 152 N: 1186] (7474)
  • [2007-11-04 11:43]

Hi Adam
incredible picture with both bvirds in a stunning pose

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2007-11-04 12:21]

Hello Adam,
What a lucky man you are. Such a action photo in such a composition! Wonderful and perfect timing. The light is very beautiful and the sharpness is really good.

Hi Adam,
Magnificent scene!
I like so much all the action caught here, with one of the birds like angry and the other with its wings full extended like just landing.
Sharpness and DOF really worked great here.
My compliments and thanks for share it.
My best regards,

Really nice action shot, Adam!

Hello Adam,

Jolie scène d'une netteté incroyable.Belle gestion de la lumière.


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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-11-05 5:13]

Hi Adam,
Pose you captured is lovely. I liked the composition, lighting and color tones. TFS
Best wishes,

Sencillamente impresionante, a destacar la excelente luz y la gran composición aparte de la expresividad de las aves.
Enhorabuena !!

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2007-11-07 18:30]

Hi Adam,
I am so happy to see that you have not fallen off the face of the earth.
I know exactly where these two kites hang out, or should I say, perch.
They always sit on those two branches, and I so want to take their picture,
but my camera lens is just not up to the job.
Great capture of the interaction between those two.
They are indeed beautiful, and I just love watching them hover over the field.
Fantastic poses on those two.
Hope all is well with you and your family.
TFS. : )

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  • fthsm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 172 W: 56 N: 512] (3689)
  • [2010-04-20 5:44]

Woow, just awesome.

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