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Copyright: Jose Diogo (josediogo1958) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 494 W: 27 N: 1837] (11747)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-04-22
Categories: Birds
Exposure: f/8
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-04-23 4:23
Viewed: 2017
Points: 32
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Black-winged Kite (Elanus caeruleus)

Lezírias da Ponta da Erva - Portugal

"The Black-winged Kite (Elanus caeruleus) is a small diurnal bird of prey in the family Accipitridae best known for its habit of hovering over open grasslands in the manner of the much-smaller kestrels. This Eurasian and African species was sometimes combined with the Australian Black-shouldered Kite (Elanus axillaris) and the White-tailed Kite (Elanus leucurus) of North and South America which together form a superspecies. This kite is distinctive, with long-wings, white, grey and black plumage and owl like forward-facing eyes with red irides. Although mainly seen on the plains, they are sometimes seen on grassy slopes of hills in the higher elevation regions of Asia. They are not migratory, but make short-distance movements in response to weather."(Wiki)

Model: Canon EOS-1D Mark III
Software: PhotoScape
Exposure Time: 1/3158
F-Stop: f/8.0
ISO Speed Ratings: 800
Focal Length: 800/1 mm
Date Taken: 2012-04-22 18:33
Metering Mode: Spot
Flash: Flash did not fire, compulsory flash mode
File Size: 269 kb

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2012-04-23 4:30]

Hello Jose,
this is an exciting capture. The raptor with the food and the strong claws are clearly seen.
Excellent pose to give a powerful bird photo.


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  • Cobo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 236 W: 1 N: 535] (5799)
  • [2012-04-23 5:06]

Una buena foto de este precioso animal José! Muy bien captado y con buena pose. Enhorabuena.

Espectacular y maravilloso documento de esta rapaz. Oportunidad en la
captura... toda una satisfacción para el fotógrafo.
Un abrazo: Josep Ignasi.

Ciao Jose Diogo, great capture of eating rapax, fine details, wonderful colors and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Bonjour Jose,
Très belle et très réaliste image judicieusement restituée.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

Very good action shot of the Kite holding its prey by the beak, Jose. Looks like you managed this shot in adverse weather conditions.
TFS and regards.

Hello Jose,

A great capture with beautiful colors, timing & POV. Well done & TFS.



hello Jose
very good picture with great details and lovely colours
thanks greeting lou

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2012-04-23 8:30]

Bom dia Jose,
Excellent photo of this Black-winged Kite taken from an ideal POV. Nice to see it with this prey. But it did have a little time for you. Very nice natural colours.

Olá José,
Que grande fotografia!!!Momento muito bem captado, excelente defenição.

Bellissima immagine di questo "Nibbio bianco" colto in un momento particolare

Hi Jose,
is this a lunch? Sad but true. Very good point of view. Nice colours and composition.
Thanks for sharing,

Hello Jose,
Very good photo documentation of this Black-winged Kite (Elanus caeruleus)very interesting specie for me, TFS!

Ciao Jose. Almost impossible light here. Good job indeed. Great time to take the superb bird and its booty!


Ciao Jose.
Grande scatto pensava che volessi toglierli la preda nel modo che ti guarda,grande nitidezza con eccellenti colori,molto bella complimenti.
Ciao Marco.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2012-04-23 15:00]

Hi Jose,magnificent specie and great capture despite the difficult light,it seems jealous of its dinner..ehehe..and it look at you not whit a smile..ehhee..great details and colors,excellent work!Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano.

Hello J. Diogo.
This is a beautiful timing capturing this bird in fine perch. I like the details of the plumage and food on the beaks.
Thanks for sharing and have a nice day my friend.

outstanding capture Jose, very nice subject, congratulations for the picture !

un saluto, tino

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