I think perhaps a final look at the Red Kites for the moment, this being a more traditional view of the bird gliding in flight - amazing watching them cruise so effortlessly steering by small movement in their tails.
The day was dull throughout with nothing but a matt, flat grey skies. We did however see a very few moments when a sun tried its best just before vanishing over horizon, just as well we were set up and shooting! I have many shots of the birds in flight looking at their underside, but few like this capturing the top of the bird. That's why I chose this shot.
I hope I've listened to some of the earlier comments; cropping, exposing to bring out detail, etc. The shooting technique here differs from the previous couple of shots as here we pick a bird and follow it as it glides across the sky. Some kindly turn into frame while others, of course, choose to ignore the photographer completely!! It was a good day to find out how difficult it is to follow a bird in flight with the 600mm mounted on top of one's tripod even with a gimbal head.
To sum up, a few lessons learnt on the day - choose a specific shot and prepare for it. If shooting against the sky as we are here, dial in exposure compensation to expose the birds correctly against a very bright background. When shooting birds in flight, get the shutter speed way up, oh and turn off VR. If shooting feeding birds, then pick a spot and try catching birds as they swoop in to collect food again with a high shutter speed. Etc, etc....
Thanks for all the kind words of advice thus far!!!
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