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Tuesday, August 9, 2011

White-Tailed Kite


This is another one of those birds that once I looked into my field guide I discovered he pretty much calls the western half of California his home, along with the gulf coastline of Texas. Formerly called the Black-shouldered Kite they prefer open country where they can hover above the ground (looking much like a kite on a string) before dropping down upon a rodent. This was as close as he would allow me to approach. I was at 300mm with my Nikon VR lens, and these shots are cropped in.

After having enough of me, he took off to a more private place. Later he returned at a different spot. This shot too was at 300mm and cropped in even more so than the above images, thus the detail is not that great but at least his underside is visible.

This is the same image before cropping just at the 300mm zoom only. So you can imagine how far away he was and how much he did not want to be any closer to me than was absolutely necessary.

Need some help as to just how far?  Picture yourself standing at the fence, he would be in the brown vegetation in the distance just before it turns green right above the bird.

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25 comments:

  1. Beautiful Bird!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

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  2. such kind of bird does not give it in Germany!
    great Photos - amazing!!!
    I work on my English, so that I can write you still better sentences! you make so beautiful photos!
    greetings & hugs
    Synke :-)

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  3. A beautiful bird to see.
    Thanks for sharing your images.

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  4. Good show John! As a person who lives East of the Rocky Mts it is fascinating to get a look at these Pacific coast creatures.
    Bird blogs sell a lot of 400 and 500mm lenses for Canon and Nikon. There is never enough reach or enough light it seems. While close-ups make us ohhh and ahhh there is something to be said about our birds being shown as part of a landscape, as you point out, a bird is designed more or less to a specific setting. Near field shots cannot show that relationship.

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  5. That is amazing. So happy that you shared these with us.

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  6. Great photos of a beautiful bird. I like the photo of the bird in the landscape.

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  7. yeah, I agree with Springman. he makes a good point. thanks for showing us the distance and what it amounts to with a telephoto lens. the bird itself is regal and beautiful. and the landscape isn't bad either. have a good night John.

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  8. love his dramatic eyes! we'll take these photos, even if they're cropped up! :)

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  9. The only Kite Ive seen is the Mississippi but was not fortunate to get photos..THESE are great You did a great job from that distance

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  10. It is wonderful to see this bird... and although you might wish for more detail, I think the images are SUPER! I always wish for more detail myself but seeing the bird in its environment has a beauty of its own!

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  11. A white tailed kite....have never heard of one, but this guy is really impressive. Love the way you put the series together and how you told us about your lens and cropping. That one shot of him airborne is really impressive. Genie

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  12. Great captures. Isn't it great that something so far away can still give us a fair image when cropped? I think you did very well indeed.

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  13. He's beautiful. We've had some scissor tail kites around here recently, but I've never captured them. Good job.

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  14. Oh My, what a beauty! I use the Nikon D80 with a 70-300mm zoom. I often crop and enlarge to get the bird to fill the frame also. Sure is nice when you can get close enough! Very nice post and thank you for your visit to my blog!

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  15. Really like it when you give the detail of the shot! I'm always amazed when my 70-300mm gives me pretty decent shots even from a far distance!

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  16. Beautiful bird and a great post!! I have tried for several times to get some pictures from aosprey and buzzards, but they are allways to far away...

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  17. Hi there - who ever said "if your pictures aren't good enough, you not close enough" never tried to photograph birds!

    Nice pictures!

    Stewart M - Australia

    PS: it was Robert Capa who siad it by the way!

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  18. The Kite is a beautiful bird and your landscape shot well illustrates the habitat he prefers!

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  19. Fantastic shots! I am so jealous!

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  20. Several kites winter in the open space beyond my yard. I love watching them. Last winter I was especially fortunate to have one pose for me.

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  21. Great post some birds don't like us to get to close.

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  22. A great looking bird. Great work.
    Like your leave above very mush as well.

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