Captured my first Raptor in Flight!

Discussion in 'Birds' started by misupix, Apr 27, 2007.

  1. He keeps circling the area from time to time, and today I had the 300f4 with 1.4xTC mounted :Crunk:

    ...and finally managed to capture a few frames.

    But have no idea what it is. :confused:

    Can someone help me and identify this big Bird!


    Thanks in advance!​
  2. Woo Hoo Michael! Looks great...but like the lens lust forum now you'll certainly want to get an even sharper shot with the 300mm F/2.8 VR, or possibly the 200-400 f/4.

  3. Congrats and nice capture.
  4. very cool! I have never seen one of those before.
  5. The clue is in the TAIL. It is a Kite and a Red Tailed Kite at that. The breast feathers make me think that it is a adult rather than a juvenile.

    They have been re-introduced in to UK and we now have a healthy population that exist in small pockets in England, Scotland and Wales.

    That is a great capture and one that you should be well pleased with.

    BW. Bob F.
  6. Very nice capture. It's probably a Red Kite.
  7. Flew


    Jan 25, 2005
    Excellent capture Michael. I can imagine how excited you were when you saw this in your viewfinder. :smile:
  8. Excellent capture Michael :smile:

    Red Kite or not it is still "A Midsummer Night's Dream" to me :wink:

  9. Gale


    Jan 26, 2005
    Viera Fl
    Super shot for sure.
    Congratulations on that one:>))
    No I don't know what he is either.
    But the v-type tail resembles a kite.
  10. Nice Michael, congrats on a great capture
  11. Dave


    Feb 7, 2007
    Suwanee, GA
    Excellent shot...I love the look of concentration in the eyes.
  12. midi

    midi Guest

    Hi Michael

    It's definitely a Red Kite. Both males and females are similar in colour only the latter being slightly larger.
  13. VERY nice, Michael! You nailed him!
  14. Tim O

    Tim O

    Jun 11, 2006
    Congrats Micheal,you will be hooked for sure now keep at it loads of fun.:biggrin:
  15. Great! Send some of them to the north so that I have some for practicing too! :wink:

    It's a "Rotmilan".
  16. Thanks for the help!

    This guy seems to live near our home, I've seen him circling a few times.
  17. Colby


    Nov 18, 2006
    Crownsville, MD
    Michael - Really nice shot!! It's great to see something we don't see near my home. Thanks.
  18. TimK


    Apr 17, 2006
    Hong Kong, China
    Great capture, Michael! A few more of this and I think you'll be in trouble, just like the rest of us (the perfect lens for birding is 200 mm longer than whatever you have in your bag!)
  19. Very nice Mike. Way to go. I have never seen this bird before.
  20. Well, if Bob says it is a Kite, then it sure MUST be a kite. Funny, though, all MY kites have strings on them so that I can manage them and they don't fly away ...... :wink: :wink: :wink:

    Really cool shot of a bird we don't see around our parts. But obviously, if you REALLY want to get good shots of this bird you need longer glass, a sturdier tripod, a Gimbal head, a special hat. It is the ONLY way you can get any decent pictures at all, take my word for it, I'd never steer you wrong.

    (C'mon folks, give me a hand here, we have a chance to help somebody spend their money :biggrin: :biggrin: :biggrin: )

    Keep up the good work, but be careful, it can be addictive :wink:
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