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Red Kite


Red Kite
Photo Information
Copyright: Mike Schwebag (SchwebagMike) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 53 W: 0 N: 53] (441)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-04-26
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 40D, Canon EF 100-400 F4-5.6 L IS USM, Digital ISO 800, Canon 2x extender II
Exposure: f/11, 1/500 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): My Birdshots - Luxembourg, Lellig - Luxembourg [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-04-29 4:20
Viewed: 5171
Points: 6
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
With the sun coming out, I was able to watch about 4 to 7 red kites in the eastern part of Luxembourg. Quite impressve birds! I added a second shot as WS.

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The Red Kite (Milvus milvus) is a medium-large bird of prey in the family Accipitridae, which also includes many other diurnal raptors such as eagles, buzzards and harriers. The species is currently endemic to the Western Palearctic region in Europe and northwest Africa, though formerly also occurred just outside in northern Iran. It is a rare species which is resident in the milder parts of its range in western Europe and northwest Africa, but birds from northeastern and central Europe winter further south and west, reaching south to Turkey. Vagrants have reached north to Finland and south to Israel and Libya.

According to a report by the Welsh Kite Trust, the UK is the only country in which the Red Kite population is increasing. Red Kites are decreasing in their three strongholds of Spain, France and Germany, and population increases have stagnated in Sweden and Switzerland.

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Hi Mike!
A little bit noisy on blue colour but overall very well done!
cheers
Adrian

Hi Mike,

Great capture of this magnificant bird in flight. Good composition, sharp details, good lighting and colours.

TFS

Pekka

Hello Mike,
Nice capture, excellent sharpness and details, beautiful natural colors and great eyey contact.
Angela

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