I took this shot near Ranaghat( A town near Kolkata).. This is a Black Kite..
About Black Kite:-
The Black Kite (Milvus migrans) is a medium-sized bird of prey in the family Accipitridae, which also includes many other diurnal raptors. It is thought to be the world's most abundant species of Accipitridae, although some populations have experienced dramatic declines or fluctuations. Current global population estimates run up to 6 million individuals. Unlike others of the group, Black Kites are opportunistic hunters and are more likely to scavenge. They spend a lot of time soaring and gliding in thermals in search of food. Their angled wing and distinctive forked tail make them easy to identify. This kite is widely distributed through the temperate and tropical parts of Eurasia and parts of Australasia and Oceania, with the temperate region populations tending to be migratory. Several subspecies are recognized and formerly had their own English names. The European populations are small, but the South Asian population is very large.
Black Kites can be distinguished from Red Kites by the slightly smaller size, less forked tail (visible in flight), and generally dark plumage without any rufous. The sexes are alike. The upper plumage is brown but the head and neck tend to be paler. The patch behind the eye appears darker. The outer flight feathers are black and the feathers have dark cross bars and are mottled at the base. The lower parts of the body are pale brown, becoming lighter towards the chin. The body feathers have dark shafts giving it a streaked appearance. The cere and gape are yellow, but the bill is black (unlike in the Yellow-billed Kite). The legs are yellow and the claws are black. They have a distinctive shrill whistle followed by a rapid whinnying call.
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williewhistler (12409) 2013-07-11 2:14
Hello Indrasish,you have framed the Kite nicely between the branches in a good alert pose.
There is fine plumage detail and a bright eye,a lovely Natural History shot.
Best regards Les.
kordinator (14831) 2013-07-11 2:25
I like a bird a lot.
Another fantastic photography.
I like focus on the bird and lovely colors and shadovs.
amitrajs (132) 2013-07-11 2:44
Kemon aachho Indrasish ?????????........ relly nice shot..........details of the bird well captured........wel focused..........good one........bhalo theko............tfs
timecapturer (45163) 2013-07-11 3:19
an impressive looking bird and an impressive capture. Its pose for you is just perfect at displaying its amazing strength and presence, with immaculate detail. Looks menacingly beautiful here in this fine image.
subhendu_bagchi (25252) 2013-07-11 5:27
beautiful catch brother. Love the use of available light and the colours... Love it. Tfs.
Nicou (116266) 2013-07-11 8:21
Quel captage de ce rapace sueprbe quelle vue avec cet éclairage et le bec tout crochu ouvert c'est une splendeur, superbe.
Bravo et amitié
ikeharel (52251) 2013-07-11 9:51
Good evening Inrasish,
Fantastic profiole view on the vicious bird, has a malice-expression of his eyes, but that's his role on nature.
Great photojob done, focal well set.
Romano46 (16578) 2013-07-11 10:20
hai la fortuna di vivere in un paese nel quale la natura ha ancora ragione dell'uomo e permette di vedere simili spettacoli che in Italia si possono vedere solo con grande difficoltà ed in luogi particolarmente protetti quali i parchi naturali.
La ripresa del rapace è eccellente, i dettagli molto chiari e la luce lo illumina molto bene al pari dell'ambiente che lo circonda.
Un ottimo lavoro per il quale mi complimento.
Ciao e buona serata
psamaddar (1089) 2013-07-11 10:27
Indra - Darun capture..The amount of light, the eyes, clarity, sharpness ..overall nice and fantastic picture.
siudzi (32329) 2013-07-11 11:42
This is a very beautiful bird! Like the way you built the presentation with great use of DOF, saturation and sharpness to focus our attention on the foreground. Well done!
Noel_Byrne (20720) 2013-07-12 7:43
That is a stunning portrait of this bird, you captured him at a superb moment to show off his color and beauty. I really like that there is the other bird beside him, and your masterful control over depth of field to highlight your main subject. Beautiful light and composition, really well done.
eldancer1 (25151) 2013-07-12 10:15
Awesome capture of bird! Good lighting and dof with sharp details. Good use of the dof to blur the background. Very well done, tfs.
Miguel82 (20150) 2013-07-12 11:08
A value capture dear Indrashish,
I like your close up, you really succeed in ornithology pictures
Very exhaustive photo comment
A brillant capture
clic (14136) 2013-07-27 7:44
"Handsome boy" is the least one can say!!: This side view of the Black Cat in a wilderness environment is outstanding, given the clair-obscur lighting that shows the best of it without any overexposure and with sharp details!