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I've been waiting for a long time to get some good shots of this Black Shouldered Kite who hunts from the powerlines that run alongside the vlei (marsh) near our house. On Saturday I took a few shots of him sitting on the cables then waited for him to swoop down on his prey. I had previously got a good shot of him swooping but the background was awful, so I was hoping for a better one. This time, however, when he dived off the cable he just descended about a metre then started to hover. Having the camera set on 'sports' mode, I was able to rattle off a good few shots before he flew back up to his perch. This is the best of the bunch.

Thanks for all your comments on my 'Flower Power' shot. I've not been online for a while so I'm just getting round to responding today. Thanks for your patience!

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Camera:Canon EOS 400D
Lens:Sigma 70-300 APO DG
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:Hover Craft
Username:ShedMan ShedMan
Uploaded:30 Dec 2008 - 6:35 AM
Tags:Bird, General, Kite, Prey, Raptor, Sports / action, Wildlife / nature
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DebbieBMP
DebbieBMP  533 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
30 Dec 2008 - 7:11 AM

This is a superb shot of an incredible creature the detail is spot on and your timing of the shot is also spot on I cannot fault this fantastic capture - Debbie

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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 7128 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece16 Constructive Critique Points
30 Dec 2008 - 7:28 AM

A fantastic capture. Carol

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mianby
mianby  7 United Kingdom
30 Dec 2008 - 7:57 AM

great shot lots of detail
Mike

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DOGSBODY
DOGSBODY  51432 forum posts England30 Constructive Critique Points
30 Dec 2008 - 8:30 AM

Just wonderful. Andy

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SurreyHillsMan
SurreyHillsMan e2 Member 627 forum postsSurreyHillsMan vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
30 Dec 2008 - 8:41 AM

Wonderful shot

Jon

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Mynett
Mynett e2 Member 6137 forum postsMynett vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
30 Dec 2008 - 8:50 AM

your patience paid off on this one, a really crisp shot. I am getting a long list of birds spotted with visiting this site too - and from the comfort of home Ha, lol
nice to see you back on line, hope you had a good Christmas and this comes with best wishes for 2009
Linda Smile

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BERTRAM
BERTRAM  6 United Kingdom
30 Dec 2008 - 9:05 AM

Brilliant shot.
Dave

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DannyVokins
30 Dec 2008 - 9:08 AM

Very good flight shot of a top ten Rapter i do most of my birding in souhtern Portugal were i have found one or two of this Kites .Its nice just to wacth them big bonus to get some sharp images .Were did you get your shots from ie whot part of the world, all the best for the new year Danny

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AlanBW
AlanBW  8 England
30 Dec 2008 - 9:36 AM

Worth the wait for a fine capture like this - all the best for 2009

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Wilmot
Wilmot  6338 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
30 Dec 2008 - 9:47 AM

Brilliant capture.
Steve

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motorsportpictures

very well captured shot, with stunning detail...
scott

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whiteswan01
30 Dec 2008 - 12:01 PM

superb great shot worth the wait
Dawn
Happy New Year

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ZX1400
ZX1400  7 United Kingdom
30 Dec 2008 - 12:34 PM

Wonderful capture

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Bob_V
Bob_V  6 United States2 Constructive Critique Points
30 Dec 2008 - 2:05 PM

What a supoerb in-flight capture of a beautiful bird.
Bob

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maratsuikka
30 Dec 2008 - 6:36 PM

EXCELLENT inflight my friend,where u been?

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Iain_Proudfoot
30 Dec 2008 - 9:29 PM

Smashing photograph.

Great work.

Warm regards, Iain.

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Pegon
Pegon  978 forum posts England1 Constructive Critique Points
1 Jan 2009 - 4:35 PM

A brilliant capture.
Happy New Year.
Pete.

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RTDS
RTDS  5 Cyprus
2 Jan 2009 - 5:14 PM

This one is awsome...excellent capture.
Great details.
Robert

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FeatherFriend
FeatherFriend e2 Member 625 forum postsFeatherFriend vcard England216 Constructive Critique Points
4 Jan 2009 - 11:32 AM

A fabulous in flight shot,
Happy New Year,
Geoff.

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dianah
dianah  724474 forum posts United Kingdom4 Constructive Critique Points
8 Jan 2009 - 3:22 PM

A truly wonderful capture..I am envious of anyone who can do this.
Happy New Year and all good wishes for 2009.
Di

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leons29
leons29  6 South Africa
24 Jan 2009 - 3:16 AM

This is a super shot, very well captured
Leon

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maratsuikka
11 Feb 2009 - 5:33 PM

where are u ,my friend........we want more y pics,cmon

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ugly
ugly e2 Member 6ugly vcard United Kingdom55 Constructive Critique Points
12 Feb 2009 - 8:27 PM

A very nice action shot..
I do like the eyes..

Well taken..

Dave

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artcubis
artcubis  7 United States6 Constructive Critique Points
23 Oct 2010 - 10:22 PM

This is another spectacular shot of the black shouldered kite.
I am amazed at the sharpness and clarity, the true colors and detail. You have exceptional technique to capture bird in flight.

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