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I've Got My Eye On You... !!

By AndrewCee
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!!!


Tags: Flight Birds Red kite Wildlife and nature

Voters: SUE118, Meheecho, hunter031072 and 32 more

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SUE118 Plus
10 8 1 United Kingdom
9 Jan 2013 4:45PM
Fantastic capture.

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Meheecho 5 275 United Kingdom
9 Jan 2013 4:47PM
A great capture and some very good words of advice on how to get this type of shot
ali63 Plus
6 775 1 United Kingdom
9 Jan 2013 4:56PM
Well captured, very nice BG.
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Trout_Man 9 1 30 Wales
9 Jan 2013 5:33PM
Fabulous birds to watch, lovely detail and colour.
JuBarney 7 26 3 United Kingdom
9 Jan 2013 5:34PM
Superb well-timed capture with lovely colours. Thanks for your info.
9 Jan 2013 7:17PM
One of my favourite BOP Smile
walk8 10 England
9 Jan 2013 8:29PM
Very nice............
AndrewCee 5 2 United Kingdom
10 Jan 2013 7:10AM
Thanks for the kind remarks... Been given some great advice on my shots, looks like I'll have to join as a fully paid-up member.

JFitz Plus
9 420 5 Ireland
11 Jan 2013 5:48PM
I really like the colours on this one.
6 3 8 United Kingdom
12 Jan 2013 4:45AM
Stunning image. Excellent clarity and detailGrin

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