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Black Kite (milvus nigrans)
I have to say that I find the Kite family magnificent birds and I get a great deal of pleasure at watching them effortlessly swooping and soaring in the skies above. They really are masters of the sky.
This one is a resident at my favourite place, the Hawk Conservancy Trust nr Andover.
I had to attempt to change the BG as the bird was captured against a totally bland,uninteresting and featureless sky and to that end I decided also to crop in very close. I like it and I hope you may.
Most grateful and very appreciative of course for all the c/c's given to the Hooded Vulture.
Ron

Brand:NIKON CORPORATION
Camera:Nikon D4 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:300.0 mm f/4.0 +1.4 TC
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:10 Sep 2013 - 2:30 PM
Focal Length:420mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/5.7
Aperture:f/5.6
Shutter Speed:1/1250sec
Exposure Comp:+2
ISO:800
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Center-weighted average
Flash:No Flash
White Balance:Manual
Title:Skymaster
Username:Maiwand Maiwand
Uploaded:28 Sep 2013 - 2:26 PM
Tags:Birds. Kites, Hct , Maiwand, Pets / captive animals
Votes:75

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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 7128 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece17 Constructive Critique Points
28 Sep 2013 - 2:38 PM

A superb capture and presentation, Ron. Carol

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christinecilia
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28 Sep 2013 - 2:48 PM

lovely flight shot. christineGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin

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EileenH
EileenH  1 United Kingdom
28 Sep 2013 - 2:52 PM

Great capture Smile

Eileen

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sparrowhawk
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28 Sep 2013 - 2:53 PM

a stunner for sure!!

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PattiW
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28 Sep 2013 - 3:00 PM

Fantastic detail, love the inflight, shows beautifully against that blue sky! PattiSmileSmileSmile

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franken
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28 Sep 2013 - 3:27 PM

A stunning in flight capture here Ron.

Ken

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AnneB50
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28 Sep 2013 - 3:27 PM

Lovely shot, such clarity and detail. Love it

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DerekL
DerekL e2 Member 9107 forum postsDerekL vcard England23 Constructive Critique Points
28 Sep 2013 - 3:41 PM

Cracking image Ron.
Nice presentation also.

Derek

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Maiwand
Maiwand e2 Member 7Maiwand vcard England69 Constructive Critique Points
28 Sep 2013 - 3:42 PM

Thanks very much everyone.
Ron

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ali63
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28 Sep 2013 - 3:45 PM

A super in flight shot,

Ali

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Alan_Baseley
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28 Sep 2013 - 3:54 PM

Great capture Ron,
Alan

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RonnieAG
RonnieAG e2 Member 4139 forum postsRonnieAG vcard Scotland112 Constructive Critique Points
28 Sep 2013 - 4:23 PM

The close crop on the bird works fine as you have captured this in-flight shot in excellent detail, showing off the patterning in the feathers so well.
I too could spend a long time watching them soaring overhead.
Ronnie.

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leontari
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28 Sep 2013 - 4:51 PM

A great in flight capture, Ron. Excellent detail as well.
Effrossini

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GeorgePlatis
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28 Sep 2013 - 5:06 PM

Fabulous capture!
George

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ValeryAst
ValeryAst  2 Russian Federation
28 Sep 2013 - 5:27 PM

Wow! That's just great, Ron!!!SmileSmileSmile I'm in awe!
Regards Valery

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Maiwand
Maiwand e2 Member 7Maiwand vcard England69 Constructive Critique Points
28 Sep 2013 - 5:34 PM

Thanks everyone.
Ron

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lonely_oryx
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28 Sep 2013 - 5:55 PM

Such a dynamic pose

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fentiger
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28 Sep 2013 - 6:02 PM

Awesome detail in this dynamic composition.

Albert

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Geofferz
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28 Sep 2013 - 6:40 PM

Brilliant detail..........Geoff

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DicksPics
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28 Sep 2013 - 6:46 PM

A truly fabulous bird in flight image, Ron.
Wonderfully cropped to show as much detail as possible and superb presentation.

Richard

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Mike_Smith
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28 Sep 2013 - 7:00 PM

Beautiful image Ron, your right they are very graceful

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dave1967
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28 Sep 2013 - 7:58 PM

Cracking shot
Dave

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pamelajean
pamelajean Critique Team 8770 forum postspamelajean vcard United Kingdom1599 Constructive Critique Points
28 Sep 2013 - 8:38 PM

Excellent background, and beautiful detail on the skymaster, I like the angle showing all of the top of the bird and the lovely plumage.

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NaturesHaven
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28 Sep 2013 - 8:41 PM

Fantastic in flight capture...........I'd be proud of this.................GrinGrinGrinGrin

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Holmewood
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28 Sep 2013 - 9:29 PM

Amazing Ron. I have said it so many times tonight but wish I had another User Award to give. Cathy

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annettep38
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28 Sep 2013 - 11:11 PM

Fantastic timing and excellent sharpness. Really good!

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cheesey
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29 Sep 2013 - 2:03 AM

Cracking image Ron, very nicely captured.
Cheesey.

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TyChee
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29 Sep 2013 - 3:46 AM

Excellent!
Ty

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rayme330
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29 Sep 2013 - 8:42 AM

I, too find birds of prey fascinating especially when they are as well presented as this, well done Ron.

Ray

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CaroleS
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29 Sep 2013 - 12:07 PM

What I would term a Wow captureSmile

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SteveMackay
29 Sep 2013 - 2:28 PM

A superb shot Ron!, stunning pose and details!, really excellent!!!!Smile

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MossyOak
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29 Sep 2013 - 6:30 PM

Stunning capture Ron
Richard

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Louise_Morris
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29 Sep 2013 - 6:59 PM

That, my friend Ron, is an absolute cracker! Stunning!! GrinGrinGrin Lou

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FeatherFriend
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29 Sep 2013 - 7:31 PM

An exceptional image Ron, looks like you are giving that new D4 some 'wellie' ...........fab stuff,
Geoff.

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sweetpea62
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30 Sep 2013 - 1:31 PM

Superb shot Ron..Lin

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Glostopcat
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30 Sep 2013 - 5:03 PM

A tremendous inflight shot of this majestic raptor, you had me fooled with regards to the background, I'd never have known that this was not a natural clear blue sky!

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PaulLiley
PaulLiley  5 United Kingdom13 Constructive Critique Points
30 Sep 2013 - 5:25 PM

My only sight in the wild of about 40 in the air at once was on a campervan holiday in Southern Germany. Excellent detail in the shot. Congrats. paul

Last Modified By PaulLiley at 30 Sep 2013 - 5:26 PM

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elkiebrooks
30 Sep 2013 - 5:31 PM

Ron, a long time since I visited Epz and I am so glad that you are still a member and that your standards have got even better. A cracking shot with great details and pin sharp. Will look further back into your PF as and when I gett he time. Regards.

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30 Sep 2013 - 8:31 PM

WOW! WOW! WOW!
Brian

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30 Sep 2013 - 9:43 PM

Wonderfully sharp image full of action Ron
Jason

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fificat100
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30 Sep 2013 - 10:33 PM

Lovely in-flight capture - and beautifully presented.

Lavina

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teocali
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1 Oct 2013 - 3:17 PM

Superbly detailed in flight capture, Ron. Stunning work.
Sylvia

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UrbaneMagick
1 Oct 2013 - 10:40 PM

That really is something Ron ...you can feel the power & thought process of te bird in this..wow mate.

GarethSmile

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7 Oct 2013 - 11:57 AM

Top draw Ron first class image
mike

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senn
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12 Oct 2013 - 6:03 AM

gorgeous capture !..

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