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Black-Shouldered Kite

Black-Shouldered Kite
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Copyright: Srikumar Balial (Hotelcalifornia) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1519 W: 24 N: 2225] (14408)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2016
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D5200, Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD, 95mm UV Filter
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Birds Of South Africa - Part 1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2016-11-06 4:19
Viewed: 1361
Points: 6
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is my first Bird of prey picture here in TN.

I have captured this picture of 'Black-Shouldered Kite' (Elanus caeruleus) at Rondebult Bird Sanctuary. This bird was sitting on top of a big tree and I had to capture it from far. Point of view isn't such great due to its position but I have done my best cropping it bit tightly to give it at least decent composition.

The Black-Shouldered Kite, a common bird of prey in South Africa, is a small, grey and white raptor with black shoulder.
* Upperparts - Bluish grey with black wing
* Underparts - White
* Range length - 35 to 38cm
* Range wingspan - 80 to 95cm
* Eyes - Dark red

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2016-11-06 5:33]

Hello Srikumar,
Fantastic photo of this beautiful Black-shouldered Kite. Sharpness and details are really wonderful. Impressive focus on the red eye. Very beautiful natural colours. Great composition with a pose with frontal head view. A beauty!

Hi Srikumar
Beautiful. Brilliant capture of those red eyes.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2016-11-08 16:57]

Hello Srikumar,
Congratulations on your first bird of prey image, it's a beauty. I love its bright red eyes and the nice detail you managed to capture. Your 600MM did a fine job on this shot.

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