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Had fun with these guys not far from the M40

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 1D X
Lens:EF300mm f/2.8L IS USM +1.4x
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:7 Jun 2014 - 1:41 PM
Focal Length:420mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/4.0
Aperture:f/7.1
Shutter Speed:1/1250sec
Exposure Comp:-1/3
ISO:1250
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Manual
Title:Diving Red Kite
Username:Jamie_MacArthur Jamie_MacArthur
Uploaded:8 Jun 2014 - 8:19 PM
Tags:Wildlife / nature
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JohnoP
JohnoP e2 Member 9JohnoP vcard
8 Jun 2014 - 8:32 PM

A beauty! John

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rontear
rontear e2 Member 11rontear vcard England4 Constructive Critique Points
8 Jun 2014 - 8:38 PM

Keeping them in frame is enough !! Jamie.
Ron

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bobpaige1
bobpaige1 e2 Member bobpaige1 vcard
8 Jun 2014 - 9:12 PM

Stunning flight capture.

Bob.

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Jon.H
Jon.H e2 Member 12Jon.H vcard England
8 Jun 2014 - 9:18 PM

just 'WOW'.

Jon

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Mollycat
Mollycat e2 Member 1Mollycat vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
8 Jun 2014 - 9:42 PM

Magnificent. Incredible capture.
Peter.

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johnjo58
johnjo58 e2 Member 4johnjo58 vcard United Kingdom5 Constructive Critique Points
8 Jun 2014 - 10:19 PM

Superb Jamie
David

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mixpics
mixpics  2 United Kingdom
8 Jun 2014 - 10:24 PM

Super shot, well done.SmileSmile
Mick

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M_squared
M_squared e2 Member 3M_squared vcard United Kingdom
8 Jun 2014 - 10:34 PM

Stunning image.

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Golgoon
9 Jun 2014 - 5:42 AM

Superb, good work Jamie.

Golgoon

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PhilT2
PhilT2 e2 Member 496 forum postsPhilT2 vcard England9 Constructive Critique Points
9 Jun 2014 - 10:30 AM

Magnificent detail......very impressive photography

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Jat_Riski
Jat_Riski e2 Member 664 forum postsJat_Riski vcard United Kingdom
9 Jun 2014 - 11:13 AM

Awesomee!!

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KurtSkeels
KurtSkeels e2 Member 111010 forum postsKurtSkeels vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
9 Jun 2014 - 11:21 AM

Well deserved PoW. Congratulations.

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gwynn56
gwynn56  261 forum posts England
9 Jun 2014 - 12:12 PM

congratulations on POTW , a lot more deserving than last weeks picture in my honest opinion Smile

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781969
781969  1 India
9 Jun 2014 - 1:23 PM

Fantastic,not an easy one.

Vikram

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rogerdoger
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9 Jun 2014 - 1:50 PM

Great Kite shot . Lot better than mine !
Regards Roger

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gingerdougie
9 Jun 2014 - 4:29 PM

great photo pity about the tag.

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Jamie_MacArthur

Thank you all, so so much SmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmile

As you can imagine I am chuffed to bits to get another POTW SmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmile

There are obvious places around Wales to Photograph kites, Girgrin farm being a place I visit regularly. However you are limited to times, direction and backgrounds. I was down on Oxfordshire this weekend photographing a Little Owl when I got the opportunity to photograph some of these guys. It was nice to have the freedom to shoot in all directions instead of just a hide, thus giving me opportunity to get a diving shot.

Thanks again to everyone for all your lovely comments, not only on this shot but on my others too Wink))))))

all the best

Jamie

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Jamie_MacArthur

Gingerdougie, I'm not sure what you mean?

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icphoto
icphoto  131343 forum posts England
9 Jun 2014 - 11:31 PM

Tag is on the Kites left wing, used to I.D birds that have been bred in captivity then released into the wild.. Nowt wrong with it, great photo that I would have been proud to take, a worthy winner! Wink

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BIGRY1
BIGRY1 e2 Member 2BIGRY1 vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
10 Jun 2014 - 4:25 PM

WOW!Grin
Ryan

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andyf3050
andyf3050  1 United Kingdom
10 Jun 2014 - 7:46 PM

By far, one of the best captures I've seen in years... absolutely stunning with impeccable timing. An image to be proud of!

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Jamie_MacArthur

Thank you all again

Icphoto, this bird didn't have any tags anywhere!

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karkley
karkley  1 United Kingdom
11 Jun 2014 - 3:35 PM

Great shot. Sharp & crystal clear. you caught the action perfectly. Like it loads. Smile

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geoffrey baker
geoffrey baker e2 Member 10496 forum postsgeoffrey baker vcard Wales1 Constructive Critique Points
11 Jun 2014 - 5:12 PM

Brilliant! congratulations on all the awards Smile

Geoff.

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DJSpiderpig
11 Jun 2014 - 10:54 PM

Great timing.


Darren Probert

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Aldo Panzieri
12 Jun 2014 - 7:07 AM

Holy guacamole Batman! That is one bitchin bird shot. Here in psychosis by the sea, us L.A. weirdo's, have a large segment of "birders," as well as those of us who just photograph hunting birds just because they are magnificent creatures.

After a long night of photographing corpses and mangled cars, I like to drop into a comphy chair and relax and wind down. Spending the night in the worst part of town with a guy standing behind you with a shot gun and a nine millimeter are not conducive to mellowness. I was enjoying the morning sun and leaned back in the chair and looked up at the puffy clouds passing over. I notices a few pigeons moving slowly to the east. Suddenly, there was a loud "POP" and a circle of pigeon fluttering down.

A falcon had hit the pigeon in a vertical drive at more than a hundred miles an hour. I watched the feathers float down still in a circle. I tried to close my eyes, but there another loud noise. I opened my eyes, and there was the falcon the pigeon held in one claw, the talons puncturing the back of the doomed bird. They were not very far from me, and I goy as close as ten feet before I stopped.

I keep my Nikon Coolpix 510 in a small pouch. It replaced forty five pounds of photo crapola I've carried on the job for over five decades. At first it was a speed Graphic with eighteen film holders, a light meter, two dozen flash bulbs, and a Rolliflex with a dozen rolls of film. It worked it way down to three Nikons, two flash units, half a case Of Tri-X, and six lenses. The weight stayed about the same.

The Coolpix replaces all of it. I was able to shoot pictures of the two birds in a few seconds. I've photographed more birds since then.

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michaelo
michaelo e2 Member 7michaelo vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
13 Jun 2014 - 8:21 PM

stunning phgotography

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Tynnwrlluniau
Tynnwrlluniau e2 Member 439 forum postsTynnwrlluniau vcard Wales36 Constructive Critique Points
13 Jun 2014 - 9:02 PM

Glorious image.
Alun

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topsyrm
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15 Jun 2014 - 5:09 PM

POTW well deserved.

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