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Milvus milvus

Milvus milvus
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Copyright: Huseyin Gursu (Avare) Silver Note Writer [C: 8 W: 4 N: 75] (514)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D70, Sigma 80-400 OS
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Birds of Prey- RAPTORS, Selen's Favorites [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-01-05 17:38
Viewed: 5064
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 30
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Class: Aves
Order: Falconiformes
Family: Accipitridae
Subfamily: Milvinae
Genus: Milvus
Species: M. milvus
Binomial name : Milvus milvus

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.

It is a European species which is resident in the milder parts of its range, but birds from northern and central Europe winter further south and west.

In the Middle Ages, Red Kites were much more widespread, their scavenging habits making them the refuse collectors of the day, but their numbers have much decreased through illegal persecution and poisoning. They will take small live prey as well as carrion, and will rob other birds.

In the United Kingdom, the breeding population eventually became restricted to Wales, but recently the Welsh population has been supplemented by re-introductions in England and Scotland.

The reintroductions in The Chilterns have been a particular success, with a now well-established strong population. The Kites are a common sight above the houses of the Buckinghamshire village of Stokenchurch and its surrounding area.

One of the best places to see the Red Kite is Skåne in southern Sweden: here it is very common and can be seen in large numbers.

The Red Kite is 61–72 cm long with a 140–165 cm wingspan. It is an elegant bird, soaring with long wings held at a dihedral, and long forked tail twisting as it changes direction.

The body, upper tail and wing coverts are rufous. The white primary flight feathers contrast with the black wing tips and dark secondaries. Sexes are similar, but juveniles have a buff breast and belly. The call is a thin piping, similar to but less mewling than Common Buzzard.

This species nests in trees, often close to other kites. In winter, many kites will roost together.

The Red Kite has been known to successfully hybridize with the Black Kite (unintendedly) in captivity where both species were kept together.


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  • reina Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 257 W: 1 N: 330] (2032)
  • [2006-01-05 17:44]

Hi Huseyin, you did a great job here, its a bit dark but details are great, maybe a little bit distracting background (i just learned this ha ha) but its a very difficult job. Excellent. I'm of now so out of building critic. Salut Reina

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2006-01-05 17:47]

Very good result on that difficult shot, great details, very sharp ! Thanks !


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  • taba Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 466 W: 124 N: 312] (1847)
  • [2006-01-05 18:45]

Hi Huseyin
It's very hard to take photos of a bird in flight. You got very well
Great DOF and POV. Razor sharp.
Good work.

Hello Huseyin
Great capture of the kite in flight. DOF sets off the bird nicely from the background, but the similarity of tone almost makes me lose the bird again. Overall, I really like the shot.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-01-05 20:45]

Excellent capture of this kite in flight. Beautiful bird.
Sharp details and great POV.
Well done, Huseyin, and TFS. : )

Hi Huseyin,
Wow! Awesome shot! Fantastic capture with excellent detail, action and composition. The colours are lovely too. Well done!

Lovely inflight capture, a little dark under the wings , shadows and Highlights would fix a lot of it.
was this a captive bird or a wild one?
and how did you go about capturing the shot details of this sort of information inclued into your notes would be good, so us hopefulls can learn how to do it as good ;0)))

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2006-01-06 6:15]

Huseyin bonjour, la photo de ce Milan Royal est royale!! C'est de toute beauté!! Toutes mes félicitations Didier.

tout simplement magnifique.

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2006-01-06 10:23]

Excellente composition,l'éclairage est fantastique et très original.Les détails dans le plumage et les couleurs sont parfaits.

Merci pour l'envoie et FÉLICITATIONS!!!


Hi Huseyin

Well done on this shot. Nicely composed with perfect timing. Good sharpness and clarity. No nits here. TFS.

Nice inflight shot of this raptor with nice composition & POV, with nice lighting on the bird itself, background maybe a little dark, besides that, it's a great shot. :)

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  • cali Silver Star Critiquer [C: 32 W: 0 N: 0] (316)
  • [2006-01-23 13:38]

Je suis émerveillée par tant de liberté. Merci pour cette photo, elle est vraiment très très belle.

Hi Huseyin,

Great shot!
DOF, POV and sharp are excellent.
Very well done and good job.

TFS :-)

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-02-20 7:28]

Muhtesem bir cekim! Tebrik ediyorum...

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