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Black Kite

Black Kite
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Copyright: JeanMarie Mouveroux (Nephrotome2) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 599 W: 60 N: 660] (2538)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-04-13
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 50D, Canon 70-200mm f/ 2.8 L IS USM, (digital), No Filter
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2013-01-08 8:50
Viewed: 1960
Points: 4
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Black Kite (En)
Zwarte wouw (Nl)
Milan noir (Fr)
Milvus migrans (Lat)

The Black Kite is a medium-sized bird of prey in the family Accipitridae, which also includes many other diurnal raptors. 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. The Red Kite has been known to hybridize with the Black Kite. Shot taken at Blijdorp zoo.

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Hello Jean Marie, my neighbour today,

Hope you are well and nice to know you friend and a belated happy new year to you as well.
The is a fine, fine close up shot of this majestic looking black kite. I have a few shots in my collection but this excels them all in focus, sharpness, detail and perfection. The tiny dew drops, the ferocity and sharpness in the eyes, the feathers details and colours and the overall impression which is superb. This is a striking shot. Thanks a lot for sharing.....take care.....warmest regards/Abid


A good image to start with. Good focus, available eyes, and good contrast. I wanted to see the eyes more, so did a WS. Hope you like.


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