Were you on a plane when you caught this wonderful picture :)? This is an impressive POV and beautiful capture. I'm sorry, I can't help with ID but I know that this is superb! Thanks and have a good weekend!
Hello Kiran. This is a very good inflight shot of this beautiful bird. you have captured fine detail in the feather. with rich but natural colours. shows up so well against the BG. well done TFS.
have a good weekend.
- vanderschelden (30441)
- [2007-11-16 12:30]
I like the natural light. Great colours.
Very good composition.
- mecamich (914)
- [2007-11-16 12:30]
Hi Kiran,le moment est bien choisi,le bg est bon,de belle couleurs et détails.Bravo,bon travail.
- MMM (11425)
- [2007-11-16 12:36]
What a beautiful in flight capture.Beautiful light and very sharp image.Details and colors are excellent.
- smurali (3596)
- [2007-11-16 12:43]
Kiran, This is a glorious shot. The lighting on the wings is magnificent. The position of the bird with fully stretched wing span looks fantastic.
- Murali Santhanam
Wonderful capture, beautiful detail and tonal contrasts caught in the wings. Great colours and light too, wonderful. I agree with cuckooroller, it looks like a Tawny Eagle (Aquila rapax), however every Tawny Eagle I've seen has a yellow mouth or lips (sorry, don't know the technical term). So this one leaves me a little confused. It's a wonderful capture though, congratulations :-)
- JoseMiguel (5658)
- [2007-11-16 13:05]
Amazing capture in flight!
It's so hard to find a POV from above when shooting birds in flight, but in this case you did it in such a great way.
I like the absolute clear and sharp details got on the wing's plumage.
DOF worked great to isolate the bird.
Congratulations and thanks for share it.
My best regards,
- Photoslave (1199)
- [2007-11-16 13:16]
WOW! Perfect! Extraordinary flight shot, very good details and colors
- NinaM (4077)
- [2007-11-16 13:26]
Hi Kiran, I don't know the bird but what a picture! The feathers look like velvet, I really like the way you captured it. Great POV, great composition, the movement is graceful, everything is great. TFS,
- wishnugaruda (19365)
- [2007-11-16 14:02]
Perfect moment, perfect quality.
Hi Kiran, this shot is excellent, the bird is so majestic, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda
- manojtnair (161)
- [2007-11-16 15:09]
excellent capture. very good pov, dof and details. tfs.
- alfhwa (93)
- [2007-11-16 17:31]
Very nice shot, great details on the bird. The background is nice as well.
- pankajbajpai (16627)
- [2007-11-16 18:10]
this is excellent work, you have captured this bird in glight beautifully, sharp image, nice dof, lovely colours, liked the composition too,
tfs & regards
- earthtraveler (3483)
- [2007-11-17 0:37]
Incredibly beautiful image!
The POV and feather detail/color is wonderful.
Composition top notch.
Way to GO!
Taking for my favorites. TFS
- undoredo (2740)
- [2007-11-17 2:25]
What a wonderful shot of this eagle from you!!
Amazing pose of this fella you've captured, with excellent details and focusing.
Also, excellent composition & POV here!
Very well done and TFS,
Have a great weekend!
Very well captured ! looks amazing, but this bird is Brahminy kite female bird.
- anel (40574)
- [2007-11-17 5:27]
Superb picture! You had an excellent point of view and caught the bird in a very photogenic position. Beautiful different browns of the feathers and a very nice backgroung. Bravo
- Merlin (1713)
- [2007-11-17 8:07]
Arun is correct - this is a Brahminy Kite Haliastur indus. It's identification is made more tricky by the fact that it's an immature bird, very different in colour from the adult. However, there is no doubt about the ID. Nice photograph, sharp and nicely lit.
- JohnWarden (352)
- [2007-11-17 15:35]
That is a beautiful, beautiful shot. The light coming from the upper left really outlines the trailing edge of the feathers. Spectacular. I wish I had been there to see that.
Your friends need to get some glasses! Obviously not Milvus - tail too short, and rounded. Trailing wing contour all wrong. Beak too long and strong. The total body conformation - wing profiles, tail profile and length, bill conformation is consistent only with Aquila sp. There are only two that range near Bangalore: Aquila hastata; and Aquila rapax. I will give you a hint - this is not hastata.
EDIT: Well, once in a while I will blow an ID. I am convinced that Arun and Nigel have seen the truth of this bird, and I have not. So, I agree that this is not rapax, but rather an immature Brahminy Kite. I am leaving my initial assessment, as I do all of my screw-ups, so that others can learn from it.
Good job Arun and Nigel!
- gerbilratz (3176)
- [2007-11-18 2:30]
Fabulous bird...A kite has a forked tail...I think this could be Aquila rapax...Tawny or Steppe Eagle.
Their can be confusion over racial variations of this species, and the Eurasian forms of the group. Aquila r orientalis, and nipalensis. But general consensus is that they are conspecific with Aquila rapax....These eagles are also "booted" where feather cover the tarsi.Fabulous image though...and a great piece of work.
Been looking through my books on Eagles, Hawks, Falcons etc,and their is a bit concerning the Brahminy Kite where it has "pale patches at base of primary feathers", so (immature) Brahminy Kite )then!!!.
(ref to Leslie Brown/Dean Amadon)
- dayananda_bn (300)
- [2007-11-18 8:09]
wonderfull shot It is Pariah Kite its difficult to say male or female since both resemble alike Keep it up Concentrate on getting good pictures like this
Wow, a truly magnificent capture of this kite. Sure it is a slight pity that the head is somewhat shady, but IMHO that does not really distract any merits from the shot. The POF is superb and I can fully understand why some critiquers pondered the thought that you might have been in flight yourself when capturing the shot.
The combination of sharp details, amazing BG, splendid colours, and spot-on DOF all adds to the excellence of the posting.
Great work and TFS.
PS. If I may raise just one small point of positive criticism though I would prompt you to expand a bit on your notes. I know you can, because I've seen it in some of your previous postings. It would have been great if you expanded just a wee bit on the photo, i.e. conditions, location, or how did you manage to capture this brilliant shot, etc.
PS Update. Thanks Kiran. I appreciate the updated notes and the useful information you shared with us. Great stuff my friend and thanks for accepting my criticism in such positive spirit.
- ramthakur (56953)
- [2007-12-08 20:12]
I noticed your marvellous picture while looking at Pankaj's theme: Gems from India, Kiran.
I also went through most of the controversy on the ID of the bird and Loot's critique on the picture. Your expanded note does full justice to his query.
I must say that this is the only picture from India that stands as class apart in the genre of birds in flight. The point of view is god-sent; it does intensify the feeling as if you were "flying" in tandem with the subject.
A truly fantastic nature picture.
TFS and regards,
- darwin (1401)
- [2008-02-10 19:14]
- fragman (43778)
- [2008-12-07 10:03]
great capture, TFS Ori