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Many thanks for your kind encouraging comments and votes... especially to Carol G for the UA. Very chuffed to get one from a critter expert!

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my apologies to all bird specialists, this is not perfect. On the way to the farm to get the milk this kite was cycling higher and higher. It was quite grim and overcast, but in this second there was a bit of light. So here is my first ever bird in flight.
Never forget your 600mm when you get milk and cream.

the second and third picture is another first for me... Corinne found in a flowerpot these 'cigars' made by bees, they contain larvae. What is it exactly? Has anyone out here ever seen this?

Brand:NIKON CORPORATION
Camera:Nikon D3x Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:Nikkor 600mm F5.6 MF Check out Nikon Nation!
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:6 Oct 2012 - 10:56 AM
Focal Length:600mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/1.0
Aperture:f/5.6
Shutter Speed:1/3200sec
Exposure Comp:door top
ISO:320 yes, what a fool, but no time to turn it up!
Exposure Mode:quickly point out of the window
Metering Mode:no time to meter anything
Flash:no milk bottle
White Balance:very grey
Title:Red kite on a grey day
Username:annettep38 annettep38
Uploaded:6 Oct 2012 - 10:35 PM
Tags:Bird, Kite, Red kite., Wildlife / nature
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RonnieAG
RonnieAG e2 Member 4139 forum postsRonnieAG vcard Scotland112 Constructive Critique Points
6 Oct 2012 - 10:49 PM

You have captured the red kite so much better than I would have managed, Annette: I doubt if I'd have seen it.
And these strange structures in V 2 and 3 would have defeated me too re. ID.......I will come back later and see if any others can elucidate things.
Ronnie.

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NDODS
NDODS e2 Member 43242 forum postsNDODS vcard United Kingdom103 Constructive Critique Points
6 Oct 2012 - 11:09 PM

A lovely inflight capture Annette, one which I would have loved to have captured. The 'cigar' looking shapes certainly lend themselves to much curiosity.

Regards Nathan

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Irishkate
Irishkate e2 Member 4Irishkate vcard United Kingdom73 Constructive Critique Points
6 Oct 2012 - 11:22 PM

A really good bird image considering you weren't prepared for it!
My husband pointed out a red kite to me one day but it is difficult
to set up tripod and get settings just right.
The cigar shaped objects are intriguing.We'll await with interest for more
knowledge about these.
KateGrinGrinGrin

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Humblebee
Humblebee  2 England
6 Oct 2012 - 11:24 PM

A super capture Annette of this majestic bird in flight - I am still trying to capture plain old seagulls without success.

Your 2nd & 3rd pictures I think you will find are made by the leaf cutter bee - have had them in my greenhouse, and it's fascinating to watch them cut out a section of leaf and return with it and then proceed to go down a hole they have already made and come back out without said leaf ... just type leaf cutter bees into google and select images - there are quite an array of them ... Carol Grin

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fentiger
fentiger e2 Member 13915 forum postsfentiger vcard England22 Constructive Critique Points
6 Oct 2012 - 11:38 PM

That is a fine capture of a bird in flight ~ I have produced a mod to try and improve contrast. No idea about 2 and 3.

Albert

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mikbee
mikbee e2 Member 7mikbee vcard Scotland7 Constructive Critique Points
6 Oct 2012 - 11:41 PM

Good inflight capture annette.
And Carol has some interesting info on these smoking bees !!
Mick.

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morpheus1955
morpheus1955 e2 Member 7morpheus1955 vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
7 Oct 2012 - 12:29 AM

Cracking in flight shot, sorry no idea about (as Mick puts it) the smoking Bee's Smile

Hugh

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taggart
taggart e2 Member 1042 forum poststaggart vcard United States12 Constructive Critique Points
7 Oct 2012 - 1:28 AM

An impressive capture---veery hard to do,

leaf cutters? sounds interesting!

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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 7128 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece17 Constructive Critique Points
7 Oct 2012 - 5:43 AM

An excellent capture of the red kite, Annette. V's 2 & 3 are most interesting, and I too think they are formed by a leaf cutter bee. They certainly look like cigars, though, a great spot. Carol

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andylea
andylea  537 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
7 Oct 2012 - 8:08 AM

wonderful set annette love v1 not easy to capture these wonderful birds but you've done a belting job v2 and v3 very interesting never seen anything like this before nice ones Wink
andy

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WhiteRose1
WhiteRose1 e2 Member 41054 forum postsWhiteRose1 vcard England136 Constructive Critique Points
7 Oct 2012 - 8:33 AM

Not easy to wave a 600mm lens around in the air like that, so a very creditable capture, Annette. I couldn't even keep them in the view finder when I tried. Slightly misy but a very good angle/pose on the bird.

Dave

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jdinne
jdinne  11 England
7 Oct 2012 - 10:04 AM

Think you have done really well Annette, its a great capture of the Kite.

John

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digital_boi
7 Oct 2012 - 11:17 AM

well done with V1 Annette love the pattrerns and markings fine work i must remeber that tip about taking the long lens next time i'm off to waitroseTongueTongueWink

fine capture

GrahamGrinGrinGrin

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saltireblue
saltireblue Site Moderator 43922 forum postssaltireblue vcard Norway25 Constructive Critique Points
7 Oct 2012 - 12:28 PM

HAnd-held, leaning over backwards - or were you lying flat on your bak after leaning too far backwards?Wink - so a truly noble effort, Annette.
Have noted the exif in case I come across one of these flying overhead.Wink

Malc

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Maiwand
Maiwand e2 Member 7Maiwand vcard England69 Constructive Critique Points
7 Oct 2012 - 2:44 PM

Well done with the shot of the Kite Annette. Not easy to get these when they start soaring; they seem to get higher and higher by the second.
Ron

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pamelajean
pamelajean Critique Team 8769 forum postspamelajean vcard United Kingdom1598 Constructive Critique Points
7 Oct 2012 - 8:02 PM

I watched these bees coming and going, taking leaves down a hole, so I didn't disturb the pots they had chosen until the winter, when I found these little cigars. They did the same thing the next year and, without knowing, I moved one of the flower pots and totally confused them, so had to put it back in its original spot againGrin.

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paskinmj
paskinmj  5 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
7 Oct 2012 - 9:27 PM

Nice series. Love the composition on V1.
Matt

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maratsuikka
8 Oct 2012 - 7:33 PM

600MM....WELL SHOOTED

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gajewski
gajewski e2 Member 10gajewski vcard United States9 Constructive Critique Points
9 Oct 2012 - 12:10 AM

All very fascinating -- a beautiful bird and V2 and V3 are very interesting.
-=\Walter

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