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A beautiful Black Kite from the achives. This was taken at the International Bird of Prey Centre at Newent in Gloucestershire when I last visited there, one of many outstanding looking birds. I love taking their portraits and I hope I have done him justice.
As you may have noticed I have been very quiet for the last couple of weeks, no uploads, no voting and no comments. This is because I have just been made redundant after 13 years loyal and conscientious service due to number reductions. But looking on the bright side it might give me more time to improve my photography with a little help from my friends on here.
I hope you like this one. Many thanks for all the support and comments/votes I have rceived.
I will be able to attend the BWC members evening on Saturday and hopefully meet up wih some of you.
Best wishes and thanks,
Steve.

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Camera:Canon EOS 50D
Lens:sigma 150-500mm
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:Black Kite
Username:SteveMoulding SteveMoulding
Uploaded:8 Jul 2010 - 12:18 PM
Tags:Bird of prey, Black kite, Close-up / macro, Ibpc, Kite, Pets / captive animals, Raptor, Wildlife / nature
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andylea
andylea  637 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
8 Jul 2010 - 12:24 PM

brilliant detail cracking colour and light sorry to hear you've been made redundant a sign of the time's steve but it will give you more time to take stunning captures like this chin up nice one Wink
andy

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franken
franken e2 Member 123171 forum postsfranken vcard Wales4 Constructive Critique Points
8 Jul 2010 - 12:30 PM

A superb portrait.

Ken

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RonnieAG
RonnieAG e2 Member 4139 forum postsRonnieAG vcard Scotland112 Constructive Critique Points
8 Jul 2010 - 12:47 PM

A marvellous shot of the black kite, Steve, captured in such excellent detail. So sorry to hear of your predicament but hope things work out for you OK in due course.
Ronnie.

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moiral
moiral e2 Member 4moiral vcard Scotland
8 Jul 2010 - 12:54 PM

You have certainly done the bird justice. Beautiful shot. Sorry about your bad news, hope things take a turn for the better for you.
Moira

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dmhuynh72
dmhuynh72 e2 Member 628 forum postsdmhuynh72 vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
8 Jul 2010 - 1:06 PM

Sorry to hear that Steve, but as you said it will give you more time for photography.

The lighting is amazing on this one.

regards
Yung

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EAS
EAS  5 Scotland13 Constructive Critique Points
8 Jul 2010 - 1:26 PM

What a wonderful portrait of this handsome bird! You pay him full justice with this great image in which the lighting and detail are 1st rate. So very sorry to read about your redundancy and no consolation, I am certain, to know it is something many another faces too. Glad you have your wonderful photographic skills to help keep the spirits up!

Ann

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gary_d
gary_d e2 Member 6549 forum postsgary_d vcard Wales13 Constructive Critique Points
8 Jul 2010 - 1:31 PM

Sorry to hear your bad news I hope things work out for you, this is a another lovely shot to add to your P/F. - gary

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Richsr
Richsr e2 Member 790 forum postsRichsr vcard England210 Constructive Critique Points
8 Jul 2010 - 2:13 PM

Excellent details and colours in this fine Head shot.
Sorry to hear your news.
Regards Richard

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Debs_Rocker
8 Jul 2010 - 2:16 PM

Totally Superb portrait Steve, looking on the bright side about the reducndancy will stand you in good stead, I know exactly how you feel and it's horrible! Chin up and capture a few more like this and who knows maybe another career is in the offing?

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Daisymaye
Daisymaye e2 Member 6Daisymaye vcard Canada9 Constructive Critique Points
8 Jul 2010 - 2:35 PM

Excellent close-up Steve. Keep your chin up, things will get better..............Sandy

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morpheus1955
8 Jul 2010 - 3:44 PM

Fantastic Portrait, beautifully captured you have very definitely done him justice. Sorry to hear about your redundancy.

Regards

Hugh

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Jekaro
Jekaro e2 Member 5Jekaro vcard United Kingdom
8 Jul 2010 - 3:44 PM

A superbly detailed close up capture, Steve.
Sorry to hear of your bad news, but I things will improve for you.
Roy

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Evgenya
Evgenya  4 Russian Federation
8 Jul 2010 - 5:09 PM

What a sight! Great Portrait Steve.

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maggieh
maggieh  6 United Kingdom
8 Jul 2010 - 5:18 PM

A beautifully detailed portrait of this kite.
Sorry to hear about the redundancy after such a long and loyal service. Hope things will get better soon.
maggie

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Lillian
Lillian e2 Member 5Lillian vcard United Kingdom16 Constructive Critique Points
8 Jul 2010 - 5:23 PM

That really is a shocker for you, just hope that you take some 'you time' before searching for another job!" This is a wonderful portrait shot, hope that you get many more like this..
Lillian

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finepetportraits

A wonderful, sharp capture of this beautiful raptor, Steve. I'm very sorry to hear about the redundancy...it's really not fair! I hope things will soon get better for you!!

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KevinWalsham
8 Jul 2010 - 5:47 PM

very cute image well presented

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SteveMoulding
SteveMoulding e2 Member 5SteveMoulding vcard United Kingdom7 Constructive Critique Points
8 Jul 2010 - 6:12 PM

Many thanks for all your kind wishes and comments. I'm sure there will be a silver lining in my dark cloud, hopefully in the near future.
Steve.

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johnjones
johnjones  5 England
8 Jul 2010 - 6:36 PM

Steve the detail and light in this one is excellent brill.
jj

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banehawi
banehawi Critique Team 10901 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2894 Constructive Critique Points
8 Jul 2010 - 7:37 PM

Really nice, love the pose and crop.


W

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Roly
Roly  7 Wales
8 Jul 2010 - 8:36 PM

Super well detailed shot Steve.Sorry to hear about your redundancy.

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Ray42
Ray42  6 England3 Constructive Critique Points
9 Jul 2010 - 7:23 AM

A superb portrait - sorry to hear about your predicament - and I sincerely hope the situation is sorted out - I was made redundant at 55 and ended up working for myself since I couldnt find a job

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Kingfisher8
9 Jul 2010 - 5:08 PM

Beautiful close up and beautiful detail.

Keith.

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photophantom
photophantom e2 Member 6108 forum postsphotophantom vcard Philippines3 Constructive Critique Points
9 Jul 2010 - 5:53 PM

amazing close up
Dennis

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Brilane
Brilane e2 Member 8Brilane vcard Wales12 Constructive Critique Points
9 Jul 2010 - 6:35 PM

Nicely taken portrait.
Brian

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OAKEY
OAKEY  6 United Kingdom
9 Jul 2010 - 8:42 PM

Great portrait capture Steve and very sorry about the redundancy but i'm sure there will be another door that opens for the better.
Shaun

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bpearson3
bpearson3  5 England1 Constructive Critique Points
10 Jul 2010 - 2:16 AM

WOW.....so detailed and pin sharp and the lighting is just perfect.

Bev

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PeterLaw
PeterLaw  6 United Kingdom
11 Jul 2010 - 7:17 AM

What a superb shot, well taken.
Sorry to hear your bad news, I hope you find something else quite soon.
Peter

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RTDS
RTDS  6 Cyprus
11 Jul 2010 - 6:59 PM

Superb capture.
Excellent details.
Robert

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lianna
lianna  4 United Kingdom13 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jul 2010 - 1:06 PM

absolutely stunning, what a cracking image x x x

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sparrowhawk e2 Member 5268 forum postssparrowhawk vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
13 Jul 2010 - 4:01 PM

a real gem

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Alan_Coles
15 Jul 2010 - 11:09 PM

Another stunning shot....working my way backwards through your images Steve!

Keep your chin up...and if you can manage without a job do it....more time for fun!

PS I was made redundant a year ago...mine was through choice after 34 years though.

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TerryMcK
TerryMcK  571 forum posts United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
17 Jul 2010 - 10:26 PM

Excellent work with this fine portrait, Steve.
Terry

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Glostopcat e2 Member 8235 forum postsGlostopcat vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
23 Jul 2010 - 10:53 PM

A fabulous portrait of this beautiful bird, the detail and colours in the plumage are exceptional. I hope you find another job soon, and in the meantime enjoy the good weather and all those opportunities for photography.

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