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Black-shouldered Kite

Black-shouldered Kite
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Copyright: Goutham Ramesh (goutham_ramesh) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 835 W: 154 N: 2871] (12237)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-01-31
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D 80, Sigma 50 -500mm f4/6.3 DG EX APO HSM
Exposure: f/8, 1/160 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite Bird of Prey photos 2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-02-13 1:57
Viewed: 3618
Points: 24
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Hi all,
This is Black-shouldered Kite (Elanus axillaris) shot at Maidanahalli Black Buck Sanctuary, We were 3 guys in the car when we noticed this (Satish and Chandrashekar were the other 2). As Satish was approaching this bird it gave us few seconds to shoot and this is what I got! The reason that I'm happy about this shot is that I shot this bird on something natural ( its an Aloe Vera flower ), Usually we find this on electrical wires on this part of the country.

For more on Black-shouldered Kite (Elanus axillaris) visit http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black-shouldered_Kite
Goutham R

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2010-02-13 2:00]

Hello Goutham,
This beautiful bird of prey that a present.
Nice POV, sharpness and color.
The top composition, congratulations.
Have a good day,

Hi Goutham,

Fantastic shot of this beautiful Falconida, sharp as razorblade and minimalistic, yet interesting composition. Great exposure, too. Fantastic job, congrats and tfs.

There's one thing I don't understand: all sources mention this species has distribution area only in Australia. How were You able to photograph him / her in India?

Have a nice weekend, best regards, László from Hungary (Europe)

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-02-13 2:31]

Hello Goutham,
Beautiful photo of this Black-shouldered Kite. Very nice natural colours, excellent sharpness and a very good composition. Great blue sky in the BG.

Ciao Goutham, lovely bird in nice pose, splendid contrast against blue sky, wonderful colors and excellent sharpness, very well done, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

Impressive red eyes, Goutham, this is a beautiful bird and looking down very proud.
Wonderful shot my friend, thanks and have a nice weekend
Sabine - wishnugaruda

hello Goutham

you are right it is more beautiful and more natural on trees/plants
than on a electrical wires, an excellent photo of the Black-shouldered Kite,
with very fine POV and framing, superb focus sharpness and details,
very beautiful luminosity, TFS


Hi Goutham
Elle est trčs joli cette prise de vue .Les détails et les couleurs et belle composition sont superbes
ainsi que le beau BG
Bravo et merci JP

hello Goutham,
great scene and photo with this magnificent bird, your composition from this POV is beautiful, colors output lighting and clarity on top!
keep photographing! TFS

Hello Goutham,
a very beautiful capture of the Black-shouldered Kite, very good sharpness and colours, a very nice composition with a splendid pose of this bird of prey against a blue sky.
Best regards

You lucky guy :),Lovely image of the majestic raptor, it was dream come true perch, unfortunately myself satish could not get this, you could get it in flash of second, wish you could include more of the Aloevera flower and make a vertical compostion.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-02-15 3:56]

Hello Goutham,
great capture of beautiful bird in great pose against a wonderful blue sky, splendid sharpness and fine details, very well done,
Best regards Siggi

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-04-30 5:21]

Hi Goutham,
indeed very beautiful capture of this kite. The sharpness and clarity is well documented. the pose is so special and it really depicts the strength and view of a predator.
I like the blue sky that gives a lively background, making this shot pretty and well composed.


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