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Mississippi Kite

Mississippi Kite
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Copyright: Ruby Sarkar (rubyfantacy) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 84 W: 1 N: 417] (2627)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-08-14
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon PowerShot SX 40 HS
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/250 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-08-16 22:25
Viewed: 2006
Points: 8
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just like my city, Kolkata, had river Ganges, Memphis has its Mississippi. that's what i had learnt about Memphis, before i reached this country. not seen that river yet, but yes.. here is a Mississippi Kite (Ictinia mississippiensis). found in my 'treasure island' :)

i often get confused with Kites & Hawks. i find them similar. anyway, it was not the first time that i had seen this bird. saw once before. at the same place only, but from faaaar.

the bird has got its nest there. at the top of a big tree. can't say this one a male or female, but had been staying close to that nest. protecting and nurturing.

then found this bird a bit closer on this another day. the bird had been swinging on the topmost perch of this big tree (can someone pls tell me which tree is this?). had to zoom a lot to get this shot. sorry for that, but what i loved most was that blue sky. it was around 10 am and the sky was still that much blue!
yes, that day was amazing. the golden sunlight was still there even around 11 am! i saw a 'Red-shouldered Kite' on that day. for the first time. so i named it a 'Hawk & Kite day' :)

this Mississippi Kite resembles the Black-shouldered Kite (Elanus axillaris) that can be found in my country, India.

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  • aruntp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 590 W: 1 N: 357] (5379)
  • [2012-08-16 22:50]

good lighting. beautiful species with good colors. i think intense lighting has lightened the birds overall color dramatically. tfs. good work.

Hi ruby

Such type of pictures raise a paradox at least for me, regards the composition. As rules of composition which get mentioned here quite often go, do you leave space in the front considering the body orientation or behind considering the direction of vision. Maybe where rules fail I guess it boils down to what looks good to the eye.

hello Ruby
a beauty with good details and good sharpness
the colours are very good and naturel
greeting lou

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2012-08-20 18:53]
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Hello Ruby,
You are making me a little jealous of all the really neat subjects you are finding down there in Tennessee:) This is a great shot of a bird that I have never seen in the wild.
Like you, I also find hawks and kites very similar. This particular bird is so pretty and has an attractive streamlined body. Your focus is great and allows us to get a good look at his fine features and beautiful plumage.
The tree looks like a type of Oak, possibly a Pin Oak or a Turkey oak.

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