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Black Kite

By SteveMoulding  
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,

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Tags: Kite Bird of prey Close-up and macro Raptor Black kite Pets and captive animals Wildlife and nature Ibpc

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andylea 8 37 1 United Kingdom
8 Jul 2010 12:24PM
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

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franken Plus
14 4.0k 4 Wales
8 Jul 2010 12:30PM
A superb portrait.

RonnieAG Plus
6 153 116 Scotland
8 Jul 2010 12:47PM
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.
moiral 6 12 Scotland
8 Jul 2010 12:54PM
You have certainly done the bird justice. Beautiful shot. Sorry about your bad news, hope things take a turn for the better for you.
dmhuynh72 8 44 3 United Kingdom
8 Jul 2010 1:06PM
Sorry to hear that Steve, but as you said it will give you more time for photography.

The lighting is amazing on this one.

EAS 7 1 13 Scotland
8 Jul 2010 1:26PM
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!

gary_d 8 576 13 Wales
8 Jul 2010 1:31PM
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
Richsr Plus
9 91 223 England
8 Jul 2010 2:13PM
Excellent details and colours in this fine Head shot.
Sorry to hear your news.
Regards Richard
Debs_Rocker 7 303 2 United Kingdom
8 Jul 2010 2:16PM
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?
Daisymaye Plus
8 23 10 Canada
8 Jul 2010 2:35PM
Excellent close-up Steve. Keep your chin up, things will get better..............Sandy
morpheus1955 9 3 2 United Kingdom
8 Jul 2010 3:44PM
Fantastic Portrait, beautifully captured you have very definitely done him justice. Sorry to hear about your redundancy.


8 Jul 2010 3:44PM
A superbly detailed close up capture, Steve.
Sorry to hear of your bad news, but I things will improve for you.
8 Jul 2010 5:09PM
What a sight! Great Portrait Steve.
maggieh 8 4 United Kingdom
8 Jul 2010 5:18PM
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.
Lillian Plus
7 22 17 United Kingdom
8 Jul 2010 5:23PM
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..
A wonderful, sharp capture of this beautiful raptor, Steve. I'm very sorry to hear about the's really not fair! I hope things will soon get better for you!!
8 Jul 2010 5:47PM
very cute image well presented
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.
8 Jul 2010 6:36PM
Steve the detail and light in this one is excellent brill.
banehawi Plus
12 1.5k 3534 Canada
8 Jul 2010 7:37PM
Really nice, love the pose and crop.

Roly 9 Wales
8 Jul 2010 8:36PM
Super well detailed shot Steve.Sorry to hear about your redundancy.
Ray42 8 3 England
9 Jul 2010 7:23AM
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
Beautiful close up and beautiful detail.

photophantom 8 108 3 Philippines
9 Jul 2010 5:53PM
amazing close up
Brilane 10 5 12 Wales
9 Jul 2010 6:35PM
Nicely taken portrait.
OAKEY 8 United Kingdom
9 Jul 2010 8:42PM
Great portrait capture Steve and very sorry about the redundancy but i'm sure there will be another door that opens for the better.
bpearson3 7 1 England
10 Jul 2010 2:16AM detailed and pin sharp and the lighting is just perfect.

11 Jul 2010 7:17AM
What a superb shot, well taken.
Sorry to hear your bad news, I hope you find something else quite soon.
RTDS 8 Cyprus
11 Jul 2010 6:59PM
Superb capture.
Excellent details.
lianna 6 13 United Kingdom
12 Jul 2010 1:06PM
absolutely stunning, what a cracking image x x x
13 Jul 2010 4:01PM
a real gem
Alan_Coles 10 177 11 Wales
15 Jul 2010 11:09PM
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.
TerryMcK 7 71 2 United Kingdom
17 Jul 2010 10:26PM
Excellent work with this fine portrait, Steve.
Glostopcat 10 255 2 England
23 Jul 2010 10:53PM
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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