On the lookout

by PeterKR

Red Kites are now numerous in the Thames Valley and I've often seen a dozen or more circling overhead.
However, because their vision is so good' they don't often come down close enough to get a good photo !
And when they do spot something and swoop down they've come and gone before you get a chance for a shot !
I saw this one approaching, circling around, so as it got closer I took a series of shots.
Unfortunately the nearest it got was probably 300m away before it swooped down behind some houses.

K50 on TAv with the Sigma 18-250 at full zoom.
The K50 was set on single point AF and 1/250 at f6.3 (which is fully open on the Sigma at 250mm)
Even so, this is a heavy crop leaving just the central 10% of the original image area !
What is more, it had the sun behind so I needed all the tools in the Adobe RAW to pull it out of the shadow, plus a bit of sharpenning in PSE11.
Finally, because I was tracking this bird the shot is hand held !
However, it is the best I've managed to date (but I won't give up !)
Uploaded29/04/2015 - 13:22
CategoryWildlife / Nature
Shutter Speed1/250
Focal Length250mm

Posted 29/04/2015 - 14:39 Link
Still managed to capture the wonderful feather detail and marking
Posted 29/04/2015 - 15:34 Link
Love kites nice photo

Stan J
Posted 29/04/2015 - 17:21 Link
hi.might be worth trying tv setting 800-1600 iso i never use the tav setting.also if its not to far go to stokenchurch just off the m40 its redkite heaven. nice pic anyway.
Posted 29/04/2015 - 20:15 Link
Nice capture..Best Regards..tommyt
Posted 30/04/2015 - 00:01 Link
Kites are gorgeous - so is this one - Don't knock yourself !
Both the *istDS and the K5 are incurably addicted to old glass

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Posted 30/04/2015 - 13:40 Link
Many thanks for all you comments and tips.

I was really lucky to catch the Kite at this angle and what really struck me when I processed the image was the piercing look in his beady eye !

Thanks again
Posted 30/04/2015 - 17:18 Link
Smashing cature

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