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Hover Craft

By ShedMan  
I've been waiting for a long time to get some good shots of this Black Shouldered Kite who hunts from the powerlines that run alongside the vlei (marsh) near our house. On Saturday I took a few shots of him sitting on the cables then waited for him to swoop down on his prey. I had previously got a good shot of him swooping but the background was awful, so I was hoping for a better one. This time, however, when he dived off the cable he just descended about a metre then started to hover. Having the camera set on 'sports' mode, I was able to rattle off a good few shots before he flew back up to his perch. This is the best of the bunch.

Thanks for all your comments on my 'Flower Power' shot. I've not been online for a while so I'm just getting round to responding today. Thanks for your patience!


Tags: Prey General Kite Bird Raptor Wildlife and nature Sports and action

Voters: iancam, DebbieBMP, VIKI and 31 more

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DebbieBMP 9 33 1 United Kingdom
30 Dec 2008 7:11AM
This is a superb shot of an incredible creature the detail is spot on and your timing of the shot is also spot on I cannot fault this fantastic capture - Debbie

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CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
30 Dec 2008 7:28AM
A fantastic capture. Carol
mianby 11 12 United Kingdom
30 Dec 2008 7:57AM
great shot lots of detail
DOGSBODY 9 1.4k 30 England
30 Dec 2008 8:30AM
Just wonderful. Andy
30 Dec 2008 8:41AM
Wonderful shot

Mynett 9 142 6 United Kingdom
30 Dec 2008 8:50AM
your patience paid off on this one, a really crisp shot. I am getting a long list of birds spotted with visiting this site too - and from the comfort of home Ha, lol
nice to see you back on line, hope you had a good Christmas and this comes with best wishes for 2009
Linda Smile
BERTRAM 10 United Kingdom
30 Dec 2008 9:05AM
Brilliant shot.
30 Dec 2008 9:08AM
Very good flight shot of a top ten Rapter i do most of my birding in souhtern Portugal were i have found one or two of this Kites .Its nice just to wacth them big bonus to get some sharp images .Were did you get your shots from ie whot part of the world, all the best for the new year Danny
AlanBW 12 20 England
30 Dec 2008 9:36AM
Worth the wait for a fine capture like this - all the best for 2009
Wilmot 9 338 1 United Kingdom
30 Dec 2008 9:47AM
Brilliant capture.
30 Dec 2008 11:54AM
very well captured shot, with stunning detail...
whiteswan01 10 13 England
30 Dec 2008 12:01PM
superb great shot worth the wait
Happy New Year
ZX1400 11 United Kingdom
30 Dec 2008 12:34PM
Wonderful capture
Bob_V 10 1 2 United States
30 Dec 2008 2:05PM
What a supoerb in-flight capture of a beautiful bird.
30 Dec 2008 6:36PM
EXCELLENT inflight my friend,where u been?
Iain_Proudfoot 11 40 2 Ireland
30 Dec 2008 9:29PM
Smashing photograph.

Great work.

Warm regards, Iain.
Pegon 12 78 1 England
1 Jan 2009 4:35PM
A brilliant capture.
Happy New Year.
RTDS 9 Cyprus
2 Jan 2009 5:14PM
This one is awsome...excellent capture.
Great details.
FeatherFriend 10 38 217 England
4 Jan 2009 11:32AM
A fabulous in flight shot,
Happy New Year,
dianah 11 24.5k 4 United Kingdom
8 Jan 2009 3:22PM
A truly wonderful capture..I am envious of anyone who can do this.
Happy New Year and all good wishes for 2009.
leons29 10 South Africa
24 Jan 2009 3:16AM
This is a super shot, very well captured
11 Feb 2009 5:33PM
where are u ,my friend........we want more y pics,cmon
ugly Plus
10 9 57 United Kingdom
12 Feb 2009 8:27PM
A very nice action shot..
I do like the eyes..

Well taken..

artcubis 10 6 United States
23 Oct 2010 10:22PM
This is another spectacular shot of the black shouldered kite.
I am amazed at the sharpness and clarity, the true colors and detail. You have exceptional technique to capture bird in flight.

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