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Copyright: Ivan Kruys (Argus) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-06-01
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 400D, Canon EF 300 f4L + Canon 1.4 converter
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/2000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite Bird of Prey photos, Karatash's other favorite -II- [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-06-04 22:34
Viewed: 3489
Points: 64
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
We were standing in a local gravel pit trying unsuccessfully to photograph Sand martins in flight, when this Red Kite flew over the edge.

He was just as surpised to see us as we were him but before he rose higher into the sky I managed to take a couple of shots against the light. The image required some PP work to adjust the levels but I posted this as I was quite pleased with the result.

As Red Kites are basically carrion eaters, it was presumably looking for a dead rabbit or even to catch a young rabbit that sometimes remain outside their warren while others have bolted into their holes.

Red Kites (Milvus milvus) are resident in Scania, the southermost province of Sweden where we live and they spread a little north to breed. Some overwinter in other parts of Europe. Swedish fledgelings were introduced into the UK to re-establish populations that had become extinct. Red Kites now flourish in many parts of the UK.

It is quite a large bird of prey, having a wingspan of about 1.5 meters (5 ft)

This was taken at a distance of about 15 meters and after slight cropping and size reduction it was adjusted for light levels and selectively sharpened.

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Hi Ivan,

You should be pleased and glad you posted it, what an amazing looking bird, stunning colours, excellent detail, beautiful frozen action, love the light coming though the tail feathers, really nice work even if it was taken in a rush, all the best,

Cheers Rick :)

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2008-06-04 23:48]

A good composed shot with great details, Ivan. I love the colours of this bird. It isn't easy to get a good shot of a bird in flight, but you have shot him really well. The different colours of his plumage and the patterns stand out wonderfully against the blue sky,

Hello Ivan, great in-flight capture of this Red Kite. Your focus and exposure on this shot is excellent providing very good sharp detail with great colour on the bird. You've composed it well with great screen filling placement of the bird on this blue sky background, while still leaving him room to move. Very nice PP.

Thanks, John

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  • viv Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 292 W: 3 N: 653] (3317)
  • [2008-06-05 0:09]

Hello Ivan,
Super shot of this kite in flight it is very sharp because one can see the searching of the eye for prey.

Hi Ivan,
needless to say that I envy you for this excellent shot. We have a couple of Red kites that circle since January every day over our house and you can imagine that I tried many shots, in vain. You caught it with perfect light from the side. It's a real beauty! Many thanks and best regards

Hi Ivan, My dear friend, A superb capture of this Red Kite in flight with wonderful DOF annd POV. Great composition! You fixed it at that level my friend:). TFS. Cheers,


Amazing bird and excellent shot.
Weel exposed in the backlight, excellent details.
Really well.

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2008-06-05 1:01]

Hi Ivan,
Wondeful in-flight capture.Lighting,exposure,clear details and composition are exclelent.
Thanks for posting.

Meravigliosa cattura in volo, eccellenti POV e composizione che esaltano la maestositą del rapace, ottima nitidezza e perfetta messa a fuoco sull'occhio, perfetta esposizione nonostante il forte contrasto di luce, molto belli i colori e buona resa e leggibilitą sia in ombra che in luce. Grazie e complimenti. Ciao Maurizio

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-06-05 2:02]

Hi Ivan,
a stunning in-flight shot of this Red Kite!
The pose is excellent!
Brilliant exposure of the wings and body which is very hard to do.
Sharp and crisp with great detail.
Nice n' simple BG.

Well done!!!


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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-06-05 2:53]

Hi Ivan,
this is a real treat for me, i am going to a Red Kite conservation programme this weekend in Mid Wales, where as you say, the population has just recovered after years of persecution - hope i get siomething at least nearly as good as this! Fine details in the markings, excellent exposure and a lovely sky blue backdrop, very well done!

Hello Ivan,

Only marking today, no time.

Hi Ivan

Great lucky shot of this beautiful kite.
Good composition with good sharpness around the head and body.


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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-06-05 6:02]

Hi Ivan

It's really nice to look at your beautiful photos from your gallery again, my friend! It's been a while...
This is a gorgeous shot and i must congratulate you for it!
The conditions (against the light) and the speed that you had to react with were tough, but you still managed such an excellent close-up...BRAVO!
The colors and details are terrific and even if you had to adjust some light elements in the PP, you succeeded in getting terrific details from the shaded areas.
Wonderful work all around!


Get that crick out of your neck did you?:-) Just kidding Ivan...since as with me, you always seem to be looking straight or down. Looking up makes me off balance now, althoguh I too have had some good images looking up...VERY nice capture..You sure got a break on this one..fine image and well noted from a man who could have been a pro!

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-06-05 9:05]

Hi Ivan,

May not be the bird you were after but this is a wonderful capture of the Kite in flight. The searching eye is excellent. Beautiful wing positions with excellent details and colors. And a familiar looking blue sky.


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  • Amadeo Gold Star Critiquer [C: 168 W: 0 N: 755] (3323)
  • [2008-06-05 10:27]

Hola Ivan, muchas gracias por tu śltimo comentario, en esta fotografia nos muestras un Milano real, una toma con buen enfoque, bonito color y muy buena luz. El detalle del ojo es muy bueno. Un saludo

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-06-05 10:45]

Hello Ivan,
Yes indeed, you could be very happy with this result. Sharpness, details and contrasting colours are really perfect. This blue sky is so beautiful. Pose, POV and composition are wonderful. High quality!

An excellent in-flight capture of a proud predator from a nice POV Ivan, the focal depth is good and the exposure is perfect in spite of the lighter BG my friend, you are a fine nature photographer indeed!

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2008-06-05 12:31]

Hi Ivan,

A nice capture of this predator,I usely only see them high in the sky or as well on not expected times when no cameras available,despite the lightconditions,you have rescued this image very well in post processing,well done and tfs


Hi Ivan, superb flying bird with perfect focus, great details and excellent sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-06-05 12:58]

Hi Ivan. Some times we get lucky but you stll have to take the picture. with no time to think you have got yourself a great unflight shot of this beautiful bird. taken under differcult conditions. good detail and colour in the open wings. well done TFS.

Hello Ivan superb capture with wonderful BG. TFS.
Greetings, Deniz

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  • cako Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 485 W: 0 N: 772] (3395)
  • [2008-06-05 13:56]

Hi İvan
this is very nice fly composition
very good sharp
well done.

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-06-05 23:08]

Hi Ivan

Your post reminds me that I have to go to visit the RSPB site a few miles away where it is possible to see the reintroduced Red Kites.

Great POV and wonderful detail.


Surprise, surprise..and Ivan came away with the prize!
And with a 5 foot wingspan telephoto lens friendly :)
I like most the way you've cashed in on the lights direction with great luminosity & color.
Very good detail, POV, DOF, and composition.
Great catch!

merhaba Ivan,
Kites are really very beautiful raptors and from my favourites among this group. But I see them rarely. Your capture great with focus, POV, composition. I hope I can take them such a great shot, in future. Thanks also for good information.
Have a nice weekend my friend to you and your family.

Hello Ivan,
Lovely captured on the Red Kite inflight!
the exposure and focus is best in good sharpness, colour and much details in the shot!
well done always
my sincere thanks

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  • iris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
  • [2008-06-07 0:39]

Dear Ivan,
You must be busy singing away in the choir celebrating your National day.I wish you and Ulla a great time.
I take the day and opportunity to critique a not so frequent kind of capture from you..an in-flight shot very welll presented in great skill....I like that eye that seems to be very keenly looking out for a prey or even perhaps a twig or two for its own nest...I have seen the eagles here do it...they swoop down in one big motion to carry away large twigs or any material they deem fit for their building works.Infact i have seen them at the traffic light when the cars stopped and since we were in the front row, i could see one right across on the road infront of cars picking up a large twig and swiftly flying away....the wings are impressive and that sunlight filtering through the tail end is quite attractive ...despite a hurried effort.. Very well done.
Thank you for sharing this..


hello Ivan

i missed from you this great in-flight shot of the Red Kite,
WOW, iti is a excellent close in-flight shot, with a very fine POV,
the bird of pray from all is undersides, fine framing
i love is pose on the airs, excellent luminosity, great sharpness
and details of it's plumage, and WOW what a expression on his glance,



Nice shot. Beautiful colurs, and the eye is sharply focussed.

You have many excellent bird photos, Ivan, but this one takes the prize in my eyes... WOW! Thank you for your comments on my photos. Having someone with your eye and skill help improve my own picture taking is much appreciated. Crisp and clear, this Red Kite is. THANKS for sharing! -Kelly

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