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Red kite on a grey day

By annettep38  
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!

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?

Tags: Kite Bird Red kite Wildlife and nature

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RonnieAG Plus
6 153 116 Scotland
6 Oct 2012 10:49PM
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.

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6 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
6 Oct 2012 11:09PM
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
Irishkate Plus
6 38 100 United Kingdom
6 Oct 2012 11:22PM
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.
Humblebee 4 1 England
6 Oct 2012 11:24PM
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
fentiger Plus
15 916 23 England
6 Oct 2012 11:38PM
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.

mikbee 9 3 8 Scotland
6 Oct 2012 11:41PM
Good inflight capture annette.
And Carol has some interesting info on these smoking bees !!
morpheus1955 9 3 2 United Kingdom
7 Oct 2012 12:29AM
Cracking in flight shot, sorry no idea about (as Mick puts it) the smoking Bee's Smile

taggart Plus
12 47 13 United States
7 Oct 2012 1:28AM
An impressive capture---veery hard to do,

leaf cutters? sounds interesting!
CarolG Plus
9 196 18 Greece
7 Oct 2012 5:43AM
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
andylea 8 37 1 United Kingdom
7 Oct 2012 8:08AM
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
WhiteRose1 Plus
6 1.6k 148 England
7 Oct 2012 8:33AM
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.

jdinne 13 16 England
7 Oct 2012 10:04AM
Think you have done really well Annette, its a great capture of the Kite.

7 Oct 2012 11:17AM
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

saltireblue Plus
6 6.0k 33 Norway
7 Oct 2012 12:28PM
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

Maiwand Plus
9 3 72 England
7 Oct 2012 2:44PM
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.
pamelajean Plus
10 969 1832 United Kingdom
7 Oct 2012 8:02PM
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.
paskinmj 7 11 1 United Kingdom
7 Oct 2012 9:27PM
Nice series. Love the composition on V1.
8 Oct 2012 7:33PM
gajewski Plus
12 10 9 United States
9 Oct 2012 12:10AM
All very fascinating -- a beautiful bird and V2 and V3 are very interesting.

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