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Evening all. Apologies for not being around too much this week, but have been really busy. On Thursday I went for a workshop at Argaty Kite Centre near Stirling. Was a great day, got a morning's instruction on using my camera from a professional wildlife photographer. However, as usual, I jinxed the wildlife. The Kites took over 2 hours to come out of the trees to get the food, and they only did so because the crows descended upon it. In fact they only came down in my last 10 minutes when the light was fading. Then my remote would not do continuous shooting, so had to manually work the camera while trying to keep it steady on the beanbag. Had also ordered a sigma 150-500mm lens and it did not come in time for the workshop Sad, but the photographer kindly loaned me his 400mm lens. Mainly rear views of the Kites as they had decided to go for the food I was not focused on! I do however have some lovely crow shots!
Should point out that these birds, despite being tagged are totally wild.
Thanks for C&Cs on previous upload. Will do some catching up tonight.

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 450D
Lens:EF400mm f/5.6L USM
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:13 Oct 2011 - 4:29 PM
Focal Length:400mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/5.7
Aperture:f/5.6
Shutter Speed:1/640sec
Exposure Comp:+2/3
ISO:800
Flash:Off, Did not fire
Title:Gerroff my food
Username:moiral moiral
Uploaded:15 Oct 2011 - 6:08 PM
Tags:Crows, Red kites, Wildlife / nature
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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 7134 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece18 Constructive Critique Points
15 Oct 2011 - 6:17 PM

A cracking capture, Moira, shame the kites took so long to make an appearance, but you got what you wanted in the end Smile Carol

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pdcche
pdcche  4 United Kingdom
15 Oct 2011 - 6:19 PM

Well spotted and a well timed shot Moira.. Peter

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Richard_OSullivan

Magnificent birds, for me its always worth the wait just to be able to see them even for a short time.
well timed image

Rick

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NeilWigan
NeilWigan e2 Member 4NeilWigan vcard England15 Constructive Critique Points
15 Oct 2011 - 7:59 PM

Got to be worth it just for the expert advice and very good of him to lend you his lens ,glad you enjoyed it .

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kirkoid
kirkoid  3 England1 Constructive Critique Points
15 Oct 2011 - 8:25 PM

cracking capture.
Dave

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andylea
andylea  637 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
15 Oct 2011 - 9:03 PM

brilliant timing moira wonderful colours and tones a belter nice one Wink
andy

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Lillian
Lillian e2 Member 5Lillian vcard United Kingdom16 Constructive Critique Points
15 Oct 2011 - 9:45 PM

Just wait until the next time Moira..you will be more than prepared..and with your new lens!Wink
you did well for the first time and a lens that you borrowed..so well done
pretty good crows too
Lillian

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Louise_Morris
Louise_Morris e2 Member 42396 forum postsLouise_Morris vcard England
15 Oct 2011 - 9:46 PM

Good timing on this one Moira. Your day sounds as good as mine last Saturday. Went to Gigrin for the kites, weather was a bit iffy,light was appalling and when I got home I ended throwing all my shots away! 150 mile round trip for nothing!! ah well! Lou

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JustDucky  3 Canada
15 Oct 2011 - 9:53 PM

great timing Moira, well done
Tammy

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lesliea
lesliea e2 Member 5lesliea vcard Australia
15 Oct 2011 - 10:19 PM

Nice image Moira well taken.
Allen, Smile

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bromley-smith
15 Oct 2011 - 10:23 PM

Oh dear Moira, everything working against you. I'm with Lou up above, I've been to Gigrin now three times, I was supposed to go today but couldn't make it, and I don't have a shot worthy of uploading onto epz. Just have to go back again. Great image.
Tony

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hasslebladuk e2 Member 5hasslebladuk vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
15 Oct 2011 - 10:26 PM

Glad you had a great day they always put tags on the red kites for their records
but not easy to take when coming in for food but you done well
mike

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EMJAYCEE e2 Member 5EMJAYCEE vcard England10 Constructive Critique Points
15 Oct 2011 - 10:37 PM

Moira, with the troubles you had I think you have done extremely well. Don't be Sad keep on Smile.
Joan.

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Joeblowfromoz
15 Oct 2011 - 11:34 PM

I say you have done very well, under the circumstances and they seem to be the things that only happen to me - hoping to get to go to a wedgetail eagle centre sometime this week, and hope to get some shots. Have a good week..Jo

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Scottishlandscapes e2 Member 1068 forum postsScottishlandscapes vcard Scotland35 Constructive Critique Points
16 Oct 2011 - 6:25 AM

Good action and a great experience curve for you, not only a new form of photography but a borrowed long tele lens, never east to get to grips with right away. The two crows add a touch of the big bird winning the food. You'll be back here again.

Dougie

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dusfim
dusfim  4 Malta
16 Oct 2011 - 9:45 AM

Excellent timing Moira, sure you are getting professional. Thanks for your comments on my photos. keep up the good job you are doing. dusfim

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CaroleS
CaroleS e2 Member 434 forum postsCaroleS vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
16 Oct 2011 - 10:21 AM

I am always saying this Moira - bird shots and me do not gel, I only get fresh air - so I think you did a fantastic job getting this great action shot, although perhaps not what you had in mind. The shot is a wonderful natural shot, well done. Carole

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unicorn17
unicorn17  6 Scotland
16 Oct 2011 - 1:47 PM

Sounds like an interesting day ! Fantastic plumage in the kite and really horrible looking crows too !!! Did you get the sunrise this a.m I had similar thoughts as there was a beautiful red sun yesteday a.m. but not this a.m. (Have done some experimenting today and look forward to seeing what you think .) GillWink

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Peagreen
Peagreen  4 England1 Constructive Critique Points
16 Oct 2011 - 10:01 PM

Great shot, Moira. Wonderful colour and detail. Brilliant timing, well doneSmile
Take care, Pauline

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accipiter e2 Member 5accipiter vcard England57 Constructive Critique Points
23 Oct 2011 - 11:09 AM

Fine action shot here Moira. A

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grinningsoul2011
grinningsoul2011 e2 Member 3grinningsoul2011 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
4 Nov 2011 - 5:23 PM

I went to Gigrin Farm to photograph Red Kites and although there was plenty of action like you the weather and light was against me and I was totally overwhelmed by the experience. I don`t have any really decent images and I must have taken over 400! As far as I am concerned its a good excuse to try other Red Kite feeding stations!!!Smile

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