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The Sick Black Kite

The Sick 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/5.0, 1/250 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2014-12-26 10:11
Viewed: 1356
Points: 18
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On that frigid foggy day of December, 2014 I found this sick black kite (Milvus migrans)struggling in tall dry grasses in the graveyard near my home. In dull greyness I photographed it knowing fully well the bad weather had got it.It kept looking at me helplessly and I was pained a lot by its illness and simply could not help, having little or no means.I say again that I have this satisfaction that now many know her sad story and we all know nature has its own methods and means to help us survive or die. My heart goes out to the bird which has provided me with some great shots.


With a distribution that spreads over four continents, the black kite is probably the world’s most abundant bird of prey. Not surprisingly for a species with such a colossal range, up to 12 subspecies have been described, with between six and eight commonly recognised. Despite their shared name, none of these subspecies are actually black, but rather have plumage that varies from moderate to dark brown, with irregular light-brown and rufous markings. The brown to greyish-white head often appears paler than the rest of the body, while the cere (bare patch of skin ...bla....bla....bla

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Hello Abid,
Another amazing photo with this splendid bird of prey. Sad story.....but interesting and useful photographers note.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2014-12-26 13:36]

Hi Syed,a beautiful second portrait with this magnificent kite,this time on a nice profile after the face to face of your previous post.Magnificent capture like the other,fine details and perfect colors too,i like it! Have a nice weekend and thanks,Luciano

Hello Abid

Sad story but a great portrait shot of the black kite, with great focus,
sharpness, and details, of its plumage, its eye, and its beak, TFS


Hello Abid Sahab - Yes, truly sad who loves mother nature. Well captured from close distance. Natural color and good sharpness. Feathers look nice. Thanks for sharing. Regards and have a nice We - Srikumar

hallo Abid
great shot of this head with good sharpness and beautiful colours
thanks gr lou

Nice picture. This specimen shows pride of life against death.

WONDERFUL CAPTURE.Great closeup with superb details.

Ciao Abid, great portrait of beautiful rapax, superb pose, fine details, wonderful natural colos and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, I wish for you and your family a fantastic 2015, Happy New Year, ciao Silvio

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2015-01-01 9:39]

Hello Abid,
A wonderful close-up facial shot of this beautiful Black Kite. Sorry to hear that something was not well with it, perhaps it survived and then maybe not, this is life. Thank you for taking the time to share these attractive images with us.

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