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Brahminy Kite

By SteveMoulding    
This is the next in my series of Birds of Prey portraits. This beautiful example is a Brahminy Kite, another from the extensive collection at the ICBP in Newent Gloucestershire. I think the family of Kites are one of the most beautiful species of Birds of Prey around. I hope you like him as much as I do and that I've managed to to do him some justice. I know taking portraits of captive Birds of Prey is not exactly difficult and many people don't rate it but I enjoy it and like to think that I bring out some of the character of the bird in my portraits.
Many thanks for all your C&C's on my previous uploads.
I thought I might have more time to leave comments but job hunting is very tireing and time consuming as I've found out. So if I have missed you, apologies, I'm still voting as time allows though.
Best wishes for a lovely weekend and I hope the weather is suitable for you all to get out and get some wonderful images.

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

Voters: pankaj_dutta, maggieh, RonnieAG and 64 more

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16 Jul 2010 11:48AM
Extremely well captured

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maggieh 11 4 United Kingdom
16 Jul 2010 12:01PM
Your portraits of these great birds are all magnificent. This one is another beauty with great detail and a beady eye fixed on the photographer.
RonnieAG Plus
10 154 119 Scotland
16 Jul 2010 12:10PM
Captive or not, you have captured this kite so well, Steve. The detail in the plumage is so good and your shot demonstrates the intense gaze the birds of prey have.
All success to you in the job hunting....such a problem for so many, esp. in the current climate.
Gid 9 2
16 Jul 2010 12:15PM
excellent capture. stunning. gill
barbarahirst 11 27 12 United Kingdom
16 Jul 2010 12:29PM
Great image
Good luck with the job hunting
I have been at it for ages ... no joy .. but tend to think when they see my paperwork they assume I am too old !!!!
dmhuynh72 11 44 3 United Kingdom
16 Jul 2010 12:40PM
Nice shallow DOF Steve, and very nicely lit portrait and detail.

Good luck with the job hunt, i know it is very time consuming.
Have a great weekend
16 Jul 2010 12:41PM
A well taken shot, great detail.
gary_d 12 576 13 Wales
16 Jul 2010 12:48PM
A great shot the detail is 1st class. - gary
franken Plus
17 5.0k 4 United Kingdom
16 Jul 2010 1:39PM
A beautiful portrait. Lovely work.

EAS 10 1 13 Scotland
16 Jul 2010 1:54PM
Your portaits of these birds of prey are all excellent, as is this one! Beautiful detail, tones and light. My thoughts are with you re job hunting. It must be soul destroying at the present time. My son, who fortunately is still in employment, has been searching for other work for ages now, so I know how you must feel. All my very best. Hope you find something just right for you very soon!

CarolG 13 199 20 Greece
16 Jul 2010 2:02PM
A fantastic portrait of this magnificent bird, Steve. Good luck with the job-hunting. Carol
Daisymaye 11 23 16 Canada
16 Jul 2010 2:05PM
Beautiful close up Steve. Wonderful detail. Good luck with the job hunting. ........Sandy
photophantom 11 108 3 Philippines
16 Jul 2010 2:22PM
another winner
andylea 11 37 1 United Kingdom
16 Jul 2010 3:50PM
brilliant detail steve cracking comp and colours a cracking capture all the best with the job hunt Wink
16 Jul 2010 4:22PM
Superb portrait Steve,wonderful BG and natural colours,excellent work.
Rock 17 10 2 England
16 Jul 2010 6:42PM
Terrific detail.

Very beautiful shot Steve, well captured!
FeatherFriend 12 38 217 England
16 Jul 2010 7:30PM
Lovely detailed portrait Steve, good luck with the job hunting,
Shroomer 12 14 167 England
16 Jul 2010 8:26PM
Very good studt Steve and like the dark bg bring the subject out
Might have tried another stop to maximise dof to get the feathers on the top into field of view. When captive like this you have the luxury of experimenting with various settings which go unnoticed on the camera screen but apparent when you process
SteveMoulding 10 3 7 United Kingdom
16 Jul 2010 9:47PM
Thanks everyone for the kind comments and thanks to Richard for his good idea. I must admit I was more concerned with getting the exposure right with the mix of sunshine and white feathers and wasn't concentrating on dof, but i'm still learning.
Roly 12 Wales
16 Jul 2010 11:21PM
Superb capture Steve.
Ray42 11 3 England
17 Jul 2010 7:19AM
A great portrait shot - good bg and detail
I hpe you have success with the job hunting..
17 Jul 2010 11:19AM
Excellent shot Steve

Maiwand 13 3 73 England
17 Jul 2010 11:49AM
I could never tire of any shots of raptors Steve. IMO there is something special about the whole group. Congrats on your well deserved GEA.
harrattp 12 11 4 England
17 Jul 2010 12:57PM
A lovely shot in spite of te DOF issue. A image I would like to have in my PF.

Dinney 11 2 England
17 Jul 2010 6:24PM
Superb portrait shot Steve, excellent detail,
sparrowhawk Plus
11 277 2 United Kingdom
17 Jul 2010 6:38PM
oh wow ! i love it Steve
17 Jul 2010 10:12PM
Amazing detail and markings Steve, really top shot!
TerryMcK 11 72 2 United Kingdom
17 Jul 2010 10:28PM
An Award winner indeed! Good work, Steve.
goso 13 2 1 Australia
18 Jul 2010 1:06AM
A lovely bird, and a lovely pic Steve...Bill
18 Jul 2010 6:54AM
great timed and well detailed capture
18 Jul 2010 8:28PM
Super portrait - looks like s fine series on the way - all the best in your search.
PattiW 14 24 2 United States
18 Jul 2010 11:23PM
Impeccible. . . . beyond perfect! Patti
metro074 9 8 Australia
19 Jul 2010 2:15PM

Quote:Impeccible. . . . beyond perfect! Patti

mrjt 13 United Kingdom
21 Jul 2010 4:04PM
Well worth the next vote, a great image...Jack.
Glostopcat 13 255 2 England
23 Jul 2010 10:56PM
Another excellent portrait, I wouldn't worry about not being able to photograph one in the wild. Most of us never get the opportunity to see birds like these in everyday life
Brian65 10 2 United Kingdom
16 May 2011 7:03PM
A wonderful portrait Steve, so well presented.
ianrobinson 10 1.2k 8 United Kingdom
25 May 2011 9:14PM
wow makes me want to put the head shots of my birds of prey up now lol.
A stunning shot so sharp and full of detail.
22 Jun 2011 7:03PM
Beautiful portrait
10 10 10 England
7 Aug 2011 11:29PM
Congratulations on your GEA for this superb bird portrait.

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