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Brahminy Kite

Brahminy Kite
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Copyright: James Parker (Jamesp) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-09-14
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 1D Mark II
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/800 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-09-28 15:46
Viewed: 7743
Points: 36
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Sorry my crits have been so shorter today - have picked up nasty infection on the way home!

I took around 2,200 shots on this trip, but about 98% of them were people. If you would like to see some, I have started to upload a few of them onto my website www.james-parker-photography.com

This Brahminy Kite was hanging round a village _ I suspect it was also hand-reared as I have never got so close to one before.

The Brahminy Kite (Haliastur indus), also known as the Red-backed Sea-eagle (though not an 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.

This kite is a familiar sight in the skies of India and southeast Asia and as far south as New South Wales, Australia, through which region it is widespread and resident.

It has a typical kite flight, with wings angled, but its tail is rounded unlike the Milvus species, Red Kite and Black Kite, which have forked tails.

The Brahminy Kite is an attractive bird, with chestnut plumage except for the white head and breast and black wing tips. The juveniles are browner, but can be distinguished from both the resident and migratory races of Black Kite in Asia by the paler appearance, shorter wings and rounded tail.

This species nests in trees, often close to water. It feeds as a scavenger.

Known as elang bondol in Indonesia, the Brahminy Kite is the official mascot of Jakarta. It is evaluated as Least Concern on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. In Malaysia, the island of Langkawi is named after the bird ('kawi' describing an ochre-like stone used to decorate pottery, and a reference to the bird's primary plumage colour).

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wovv. perfect shot, james. great sharpness, great pose. colors, composition, POV superb. ten points again.
have a nice weekend

Hello James,
Well captured of elang bondol in good exposrue and focus!
good clarity on the plummage with details
thanks for the wonderful notes and information from the trip!
have a wonderful weekend

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-09-28 18:54]

Hello James,
What a lovely species you bring to us today, great camera work all around, thanks for sharing. Cheers my friend.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-09-29 1:30]

Hello James,
Wonderful close capture of the Brahminy Kite, a bird we've admired in Goa where they seem to be plentiful. I like its pose in the beautiful light, sharpness is great and the colours beautiful. Well done!
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-09-29 2:30]

Hello James,
Perfect pose for this beautiful Kite. I like also the colours of the surrounding background giving a great homogeneity to the picture. Thanks also for the interesting note.
Beat regards

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-09-29 2:31]
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Hi James,
you were very lucky to get soooo close to this magnificent bird!
+++ Excellent sharpness and detail. Great composition and POV. Good contrasting BG.
--- Nothing :)
Well done,

p.s could I add your website to my links on my site? :)

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2007-09-29 3:21]

Hello James,
What a wonderful clear, sharp photo of this Kite. The details are perfect. Great colours, composition, BG and POV.
TFS, Peter

  • ewiczek Gold Star Critiquer [C: 224 W: 0 N: 0] (815)
  • [2007-09-29 4:47]

I only tell it is great photo

Hey James
Very intersting shot of this Brahminy Kite,
Great focusing,lighting and composition.

Good Luck

selam , excellent shot and very good composition of this kite .nice pov with splendid colours.well presented pose
Well done my friend!
Regards ridvan

Hello James,
A wonderful portrait from Birdy Kingdom!
The expression of this majestic bird is well captured, fine details in the plumage...
Close-up work is well done; good natural colours and a fine felling of depth!
Pablo -

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-09-29 11:18]

Hi James.
Wonderful shot of this majestic bird. I am amazed with quality of reproduction of all bird features. Colours and details are really great. I like BG so as image of main subject. Its lovely colours and blurriness are so suitably for your character. Bravo and TFS.

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2007-09-29 20:32]

James, nice and lovely kite. The BG is actually adding more live to the bird. Nice eye catch and closeup. Ganesh

Hi James,
A beautiful capture of this kite. It is so beautiful yet so dangerous for rodents and useful to our farmers. BTW you have mentioned in the notes that this beauty is also found in India. My bad luck not seeing one here till now. I also visited your site to see the people of Papua New Guinea the captures are excellent. Thanks a lot for sharing these wonderful works.

Magníficos detalles y hermosa presentación James.
Buenos colores y agradable bg.
Un cordial saludo, JL.

Hi James
Great shot. Beautiful OOF buckground. Great contrast and good exposure on white. I like compo and very good sharpness
Best wishes

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-10-01 8:24]

Hi James,
very elegant looking bird indeed. Love the pose and natural colours, great shot.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-10-01 10:01]

Hello James

A beautiful portrait of this Kite.The colours are rich and well saturated.The focus is spot on with sharp details.The plumage is beautiful.Wonderful eye contact.TFS


Hello James!
As I see your trip to Papua New Guinea was very successfull. This is another great picture with very nice details and colouration. MOreover there is a very interesting (not known for me before) bird species.
Thank you that once again I could lern something new from your presentation :)

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