Taken on the same wet and windy afternoon as my last picture but just a few miles away at the Bellymack Farm Kite Feeding Station on the Galloway Kite Trail.
The Red Kite (Milvus milvus) is a medium-large bird of prey in the family Accipitridae, which also includes many other diurnal raptors such as eagles, buzzards, and harriers. You can read more about Red Kites on the RSPB website here.
These birds are incredibly agile and they use their large fan-shaped forked tails to provide steering. That makes them remarkably difficult to photograph too and out of about 400 shots during feeding time (when fresh meat was laid out at the feeding station), this was probably my best, most being totally out of focus!
A good day out and one I'd love to repeat after a bit more practice with my camera!
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jadesgran (3993) 2013-10-16 5:54
What a marvellous picture.
I`ve not seen any kites in our area,but we do have buzzard hawks in abundance.Only yesterday Les pointed out there were seven of them just gliding overhead and enjoying the sunshine.
The picture is well composed ,and I doubt you had ti
me to set it up.Wonderful colours in the feathers.
Silvio1953 (105599) 2013-10-16 5:57
Ciao John, great capture of fantastic in-flight bird, perfect focus, fine details, wonderful natural colors and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
timecapturer (37152) 2013-10-16 6:09
a shot that is testament to the glories of digital photography. I took about the same number of shots recently at the Shoreham Air Show and got about 3 images that I thought were worthwhile. But Hey! this one proves that it is worth persevering because it is an absolute cracker of a shot. A perfectly detailed image and so elegant. I love it!
bbarna (466) 2013-10-16 7:41
Congratualtions, beautiful picture. TFS.
jester5 (1785) 2013-10-16 8:48
Fantastic shot John. Lovely sharp image.
I have been trying to photograph the Red Kites reintroduced to Rutland Water quite recently and can testify to the difficulty. Well done!
rbassin (13381) 2013-10-16 10:14
ce rapace est très bien capté, avec une bonne profondeur de champ.
Les détails, la netteté et la position de vol sont magnifiques.
saxo042 (33934) 2013-10-16 15:22
An incredibly sharp and detailed capture of this bird. I am not sure I ever saw one of these alive, you find them only in the souther parts of Sweden. The Common Buzzard you can see everywhere. But this picture could very well be used in an ornithology handbook!
macjake (45588) 2013-10-16 21:32
great to see new photos from you.
well, I must say that you have persistence! One can only imagine how hard it is to capture a flying bird! at least with a plane you can somewhat predict the flight, with a bird you never know when its gonna dive or dip or turn suddenly.
this one turned out fairly well don't ya think!
its cool to see the wings up high and spread out, and the yellow claws are the icing on the cake.
fine post here John.
You haven't been posting much on TE lately, is everything ok on your side of the ocean?
carlo62 (19485) 2013-10-16 23:32
fantastico animale, ripreso nel pieno della sua bellezza, mentre vola fiero.
Eccellente qualità e bellissimi colori, ottimo lo sfondo che isola il soggetto.
jjcordier (67292) 2013-10-16 23:35
Très bonne photo de ce rapace magnifiquement capturé en plein vol.
lousat (64243) 2013-10-17 4:19
Waaw John,a second perfect pic for the treknature gallery too..this is really impressive!! What a timing and what a spectacular quality of details despite the quick mouvement,you're great my friend!! Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano
Noel_Byrne (13416) 2013-10-17 4:31
What an incredible capture. A magnificent bird, and to see it in full flight in its natural environment like this is just astounding. Not only that you managed to capture this in this way, but to be able to compose it so well too, I bow to you good sir!
All the best
Nicou (105903) 2013-10-17 6:15
Grandiose captage de ce rapace en vol auqel capture fantastique iamge sueprbe vue avec ces belles et larges ailes le bec crochu noir et jaune sur le pattes aussi du noir et jaune l’œil vif, ce plumage cêst fabuleux.
Bravo et amitié
williewhistler (9875) 2013-10-17 13:06
I suppose the moral of the story is if at first you don`t succeed....
This shot is a handsome reward for your efforts,the details of the Kite`s plumage combined with the super sharp eye,complete with highlight are simply delightful,a perfect specimen that would grace any natural history book.
A lovely shot.
Kind regards Les.
mesutilgim (73062) 2013-10-17 14:18
Hello dear John,
Amazing capture of this majestic bird of prey in full action. Perfect sharpness. The eyes focused to her next stop !
TFS and best regard
ourania (18704) 2013-10-18 9:47
I think this picture is beautiful and a great, rare catch for a non professional photographer. I don't have experience in this kind of photos either as a photographer (of course) or as a viewer:) I believe, though, that the quality of this picture is superb, it's a wonderful capture of the bird in flight and you haven't fallen into any compromise like cropping a part out, having large blurry bits or missing the head:) You've captured a fascinating, serious eye and a lovely variation of warm tones that stand out against the moody, meaningful backdrop. Moreover, you got the red kite just against the sky, clearly above the forest. Your framing enhanced the dynamism of the flight effectively. Great work, congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a lovely weekend,
jcpix (6596) 2013-10-18 18:20
A terrific capture, this is really striking and looks quite professional! I'm generally not drawn towards wildlife imagery...but this, along with the others you've posted recently, are real beauties. Such a majestic moment, capturing the Red Kite in full flight, wings spanned out in all of its glory.
Love the depth of field, the sharp focus on this bird of prey gives us a detailed and impressive look while the blurred backdrop gives a good idea of space and the natural surroundings. Colorful and captivating, an outstanding shot! Very well done indeed.
Have a great weekend. take care.
delpeoples (48660) 2013-10-19 3:52
Ciao caro Giovanni
Wow, you're becoming quite the David Attenborough here on TE now. Your wildlife photography is excellent, and much appreciated as it is such a difficult genre to perfect. This majestic bird is pure poetry in motion and you have captured him so professionally and exquisitely. The sharpness is truly impressive, as are the details and colours of his magnificent plumage. An impressive shot on all levels, congratulations.
Un abbraccio e buon weekend
annjackman (15541) 2013-10-19 22:48
This is a cracking shot of his beautiful bird. The shutter speed was well chosen and given superb sharpness. The colours and detail of the feathers are lovely. Nothing distracts at all - excellent.
Kind Regards, Ann
- Copyright: John Cannon (tyro) (15721)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-10-06
- Categories: Nature, Decisive Moment
- Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II, Canon 70-200mm f/4L IS USM, HOYA 67mm HMC SUPER UV(0)
- Exposure: f/6.3, 1/1000 seconds
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- Date Submitted: 2013-10-16 5:36