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Whistling Kite

Whistling Kite
Photo Information
Copyright: Lindsay Cooke (cookie10) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 19 W: 0 N: 44] (492)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-02-02
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark 111, Canon EF 500 f/4 L IS USM
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/1000 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Birds of Prey- RAPTORS (III) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-05-15 5:43
Viewed: 3890
Points: 8
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Scientific name: Haliastur sphenurus
Family: Accipitridae
Order: Falconiformes
he Whistling Kite is a medium-sized raptor (bird of prey) with a shaggy appearance. It has a light brown head and underparts, with pale streaks, and dark sandy-brown wings with paler undersides. The underwings have a characteristic pale 'M' shape when open. The head and body are relatively narrow and the tail is rounded. The wings are long and well-rounded, with a wingspan of 120 cm to 145 cm. The sexes are similar, but the females are larger. Yong birds are slightly darker above, with paler streaking on head and underbody. They are often seen near water or around farms, soaring in a lazy circling flight pattern.
Family including sibling gliding around the Sale Common which at this time was flooded. How does that happen in the midst of a big dry? Apparently feeding on fish as young bird had scales on its beak

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-05-15 7:21]

Hi Lindsay,
Very nice in-flight capture of this beauty with a good POV, composition and details.TFS

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  • mamcg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 332 W: 12 N: 90] (9696)
  • [2008-05-15 9:22]

It is well captured and the best thing is that we can see its eye as it is face to face with us, TFS.

Hi Lindsay

Quite a good shot of the Whistler in flight.
Good sharpness and composition.



That is an excellent in-flight shot. The feathers are all visible, the bird is in focus and the shot is very nicely composed. Great work. TFS.

Best Regards,


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