- Miss_Piggy (18714)
- [2009-02-01 4:26]
Superb photography, with splendid details and wonderful colours shown in this image. The colour of the sky is magnificent. The intense stare of the bird is great, and the colour of the eye is kind of magnetic. I like the finely white lining alongside the edges of the feathers. It is as if the pasty white tint is there but only almost. I also like the fluffy feathers in the neck; it stands out well against the lovely blue background. A great image with wonderful composition, focus and sharpness. I thank you kindly for sharing.
- PeterZ (49139)
- [2009-02-01 5:21]
Oeps, ook ik was er in geluisd. Totaal niet op gelet of het de goede ID was. Dit is inderdaad de Grijze Wouw, geen misverstand mogelijk.
Een werkelijk schitterende foto in een iets andere pose en uitsnede dan de vorige foto. Wel zo mooi! Vooral die blik in de ogen maakt nu veel meer indruk. Grote klasse!
- euroblinkie (64279)
- [2009-02-01 5:26]
goed van scherpte en zachte kleuren
Actually, I called it Elanus caeruleus, as is my norm since I try and avoid using English Common Names for the reason that I am sure you have now understood. There is no equivocation possible using the scientific binomen (i.e., the Latin name).
Will try and find time as to the current phylogenetic treatment of what was once the so-called Elanus leucurus-axillaris-caeruleus complex (a superspecies), how they differ morphologically, and the motivation for their now having been split. As far as the nomenclature used (nomenclature in this context means English Common Name) there is still a bit of overlap according to whoever is writing regional guides and how they want to call it. So, the only thing that one can do about this is follow one of the more authoritative taxonomic "lists", of which two are those usually followed: Clements; and the one that I use, the Howard & Moore, always keeping in mind that certainly for the next few years you will see people using Black-winged Kite, and Black-shouldered Kite for caeruleus.
N.B. Since you mention the Yellow-billed Kite. Even this bird is not treated unequivocally by all authorities. Most phylogeneticists still treat the bird as races (more than one race ranges in the afrotropical avifaunal region, off the top of my head two races, aegyptius, and parasitus) of the Black Kite (Milvus migrans). South African authorities, however, at the Percy Fitzpat Institute of Cape Town (where most of the phylogenetic investigations of southern african birds are done) tendentially split the african races from Milvus migrans sensu largo.
EDIT: By the way, lest you are not aware of this Dutch site. Here is a link to a female Polihierax. You may have to select and paste as I do not think this site allows hot links.
- matatur (5312)
- [2009-02-01 5:52]
An expertly low angle shot which cleared the BG nicely for this finely exposed and focused image Annick, the strong eye contact really makes this a good composition. TFS it indeed my friend!
- ellis49 (2254)
- [2009-02-01 5:53]
a nice and well exposed picture with lovely natural colours.
I really like the eyes, the look and the colours.
Good sharpness and the bird stand-out well from the blue sky.
- LordPotty (12503)
- [2009-02-01 6:04]
I read Steve Pryors critique after reading your note .... he certiainly knows his stuff.
You certainly know how to shoot it.
Another impeccable image of the Kite.
Great work as usual.
- nagraj (15166)
- [2009-02-01 6:20]
This image is more beautiful than last one you posted.
More simple and clear with great look of the bird, which in India refered as 'Black-shouldered Kite' (Elanus caeruleus, ref: 'A Field Guide to the Birds of India' by Krys Kazmierczak). Ofcourse what ever name you call this magnificent bird of prey is very cute in this image. tfs.
- pvs (14464)
- [2009-02-01 8:44]
Een mooi plaatje van deze roofvogel,steekt goed af ttegen de strakke blauwe hemel (welke ik hier ook wel weer eens wil bewonderen),niet altijd even gemakkelijk te identificeren deze vogels,in krugger hadden we hier ook wel problemen mee,groetjes
- boreocypriensis (9571)
- [2009-02-01 10:25]
Hi Annick, an excellent capture of this magnificence kite with a lovely pose on the tip of the tree branch.
TFS and cheers,
- Silvio2006 (102073)
- [2009-02-01 11:09]
Ciao Annick, beautiful diagonal composition with wonderful bird, great colors, fine details and excellent sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio
- nglen (36145)
- [2009-02-01 11:11]
Hi Annick. This is a beautiful looking bird which you have taken so well. With a good pose from the bird looking round at you. Fine detail and natural colours. It stands out so well from the bright blue sky. Such large eeyes for the size of head. well done TFS.
- eng55 (5892)
- [2009-02-01 11:28]
Very beautiful capture.Clear eyes,POV,pose of bird,BG,details on plumage are perfect.
Thanks for posting.
- Janice (18832)
- [2009-02-01 20:01]
A super shot of the Kite Annick. I love the deep look he is giving to the area close to you.
I like his patterned feathers, the tips show up well.
- Dis. Ac. (24509)
- [2009-02-01 21:06]
Ja de goede soort indetificeren valt niet altijd mee.
Maar je hebt hem er goed opstaan op het topje van een boom.
- Heaven (7912)
- [2009-02-01 22:04]
You present us a magnificent picture of the Black-winged Kite. The bird is perfectly sharp and this reveals superb details. I also like the clarity of the picture. Your interesting notes show that the identification isnot always easy.
- fiyo (15161)
- [2009-02-02 0:14]
Great shot, very good POV and pose. Sharpness,details and colors are excellent.
Very well done.TFS.
- gannu (14761)
- [2009-02-02 4:55]
Hello Annick, Fantastic shot and a clear shot against the lovely sky on the BG. Sharp focus and lovely color tones. TFS Ganesh
- GaryT (160)
- [2009-02-02 15:58]
I think I like this best of the two. Sullen look on the kite's face is something else! Great exposure and sharpness. Gary
- Wolfpower (1075)
- [2009-02-02 21:39]
This raptor cuts an imposing figure against the beautiful blue sky.
Excellent sharpness and detail,the plumage detail is wonderful.
Lovely eye contact.
I really like the simple perch.
- Tamrock (1928)
- [2009-02-04 1:37]
great pic with good sharpness
and fine composition,like the
a very fine bird!
- Argus (50626)
- [2009-02-05 9:49]
A very fine capture of a juvenile Elanus caeruleus, the brownish wings showing that it is a young bird. The composition, POV and technical aspects are spot on.
TFS and best regards,