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I think perhaps a final look at the Red Kites for the moment, this being a more traditional view of the bird gliding in flight - amazing watching them cruise so effortlessly steering by small movement in their tails.

The day was dull throughout with nothing but a matt, flat grey skies. We did however see a very few moments when a sun tried its best just before vanishing over horizon, just as well we were set up and shooting! I have many shots of the birds in flight looking at their underside, but few like this capturing the top of the bird. That's why I chose this shot.

I hope I've listened to some of the earlier comments; cropping, exposing to bring out detail, etc. The shooting technique here differs from the previous couple of shots as here we pick a bird and follow it as it glides across the sky. Some kindly turn into frame while others, of course, choose to ignore the photographer completely!! It was a good day to find out how difficult it is to follow a bird in flight with the 600mm mounted on top of one's tripod even with a gimbal head.

To sum up, a few lessons learnt on the day - choose a specific shot and prepare for it. If shooting against the sky as we are here, dial in exposure compensation to expose the birds correctly against a very bright background. When shooting birds in flight, get the shutter speed way up, oh and turn off VR. If shooting feeding birds, then pick a spot and try catching birds as they swoop in to collect food again with a high shutter speed. Etc, etc....

Thanks for all the kind words of advice thus far!!!

Andrew

Brand:NIKON CORPORATION
Camera:Nikon D4 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:600.0 mm f/4.0
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:30 Oct 2012 - 4:50 PM
Focal Length:600mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/4.0
Aperture:f/4.0
Shutter Speed:1/4000sec
Exposure Comp:+1
ISO:2200
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:No Flash
White Balance:Custom
Title:I've Got My Eye On You... !!
Username:AndrewCee AndrewCee
Uploaded:9 Jan 2013 - 4:43 PM
Tags:Birds, Flight, Red kite, Wildlife / nature
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SUE118
SUE118 e2 Member 5SUE118 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
9 Jan 2013 - 4:45 PM

Fantastic capture.

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Meheecho
Meheecho  1275 forum posts United Kingdom
9 Jan 2013 - 4:47 PM

A great capture and some very good words of advice on how to get this type of shot
Steve

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ali63
ali63 e2 Member 2449 forum postsali63 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
9 Jan 2013 - 4:56 PM

Well captured, very nice BG.
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Trout_Man
Trout_Man  5 Wales30 Constructive Critique Points
9 Jan 2013 - 5:33 PM

Fabulous birds to watch, lovely detail and colour.

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JuBarney
JuBarney e2 Member 2JuBarney vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
9 Jan 2013 - 5:34 PM

Superb well-timed capture with lovely colours. Thanks for your info.
Ju

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WindowonWildlife
WindowonWildlife e2 Member 4WindowonWildlife vcard United Kingdom4 Constructive Critique Points
9 Jan 2013 - 7:17 PM

One of my favourite BOP Smile

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walk8
walk8  6 England
9 Jan 2013 - 8:29 PM

Very nice............

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AndrewCee
AndrewCee e2 Member 1AndrewCee vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
10 Jan 2013 - 7:10 AM

Thanks for the kind remarks... Been given some great advice on my shots, looks like I'll have to join as a fully paid-up member.

Andrew

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JFitz
JFitz e2 Member 5101 forum postsJFitz vcard Ireland3 Constructive Critique Points
11 Jan 2013 - 5:48 PM

I really like the colours on this one.

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BIGRY1
BIGRY1 e2 Member 2BIGRY1 vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jan 2013 - 4:45 AM

Stunning image. Excellent clarity and detailGrin
Ryan

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