Captured my first Raptor in Flight!

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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!

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Thanks in advance!​
 
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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.

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But have no idea what it is.

Can someone help me and identify this big Bird!
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.

http://www.birdguides.com/html/vidlib/species/Milvus_milvus.htm


BW. Bob F.
 
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Excellent capture Michael. I can imagine how excited you were when you saw this in your viewfinder. :smile:
 
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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.
 
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Hi Michael

It's definitely a Red Kite. Both males and females are similar in colour only the latter being slightly larger.
 
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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!)
 
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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.

BW. Bob F.
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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