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The black kite

The black kite
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Copyright: Syed Abid Hussain (Hussain58) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 258 W: 2 N: 901] (4745)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2014-12-20
Categories: Birds
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/250 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2014-12-21 9:25
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It was a freezing and foggy December day here. It was around noon when I ventured outside in the biting cold to try my luck. I was fortunate enough to photograph and film a Hoopoe feeding in the company of a few common mynas and crows though these new Sony cameras are a big failure in poor light. Then I went to the nearby sprawling graveyard yard of Syed Munwar Shah where a single species of toothbrush tree predominates.I found nothing there and just when I decided to leave the place I suddenly spotted this black kite in the dry grasses. I was surprised to know that it could not fly, though it looked pretty healthy and its plumage was in perfect condition.I did try to help it but it appeared the bird somehow fell ill due to extreme weather conditions of the previous few days.It really saddened me. I took a number of shots, thought of helping it onto a perch and even thought of taking it home but I didn't know how should have I cured it ...so....so I left it to the mercy of mother nature. And suppressing my feelings of sympathy for it, left for home with a heavy heart.I had one consolation, I had saved it with me, alive and seemingly well in a few photos. Hope friends will like the shot.

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.[3] 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.(Wikipedia)

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Devide d frame horizontally in two parts.then keep birds eyes upper part of d horizon line in Portrait...here totally wrong compo.....hope next time.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2014-12-21 12:44]

Hi Abid,your note are very interesting,it seems to read a Christmas day history,but with a bad end,but you have raison,how to take care of the bird? The pic is very very good,an original portrait made with very good sharpness despite the grey light of this cold day.Have a nice week and thanks,Luciano

Hello Abid sahab!
This is an excellent closeup of this poor fellow in great sharpness and superb details. Beautiful staring eyes with a typical aggressive look of predators in them. I know you wanted to show us these lovely details but a little more space above and below would have added more charm to this already very fine image. I do have a baby black kite at home; i can send it to you via courier :). Thanks for your very nice notes and sharing this shot,
Best Regards,

Hello Abid,
It is once again a perfect photo with outstanding clarity and details. Excellent job.
Your story is also interesting and sometimes mother nature has strange ways for all...

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