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Acrobatic Red Kites in Wales

 
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Mar 06, 2013 11:52 |  #1

A lovely spring day and what better way to spend it than photographing Red Kites in the heart of Wales! The Red Kite is always one of those birds I never tire of seeing. Having nearly been extinct until recent years,*they've*made a remarkable comeback thanks to a major conservation drive across Wales and the UK. Now, a true symbol of Wales; being the national bird, it’s fair to say they’re doing great.

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My main aim on this outing was to capture something different from the norm. Having recently acquired a new camera body, I thought I'd put it through it's paces with these fast flyers. They’re renowned for their acrobatic skills, so I wanted to catch them switching into a dive swooping for carrion. Beautiful sunshine really helped me up the shutter speeds and make the stunning plumage stand out as they turn to face the sun.

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These guys are super fast and thankfully the way I set the camera's AF up, helped to track them in flight and keep focus throughout the shots. Now having ten frames per second motor-drive is a real blessing when shooting birds like this as it really gives you a lot of choice when it's comes to post processing.

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Once I knew I'd bagged some good shots, starting playing around with low shutter speeds (1/80 second) and trying to capture movement in some images, not 100% sharp but it's more of an impression of colour and motion.

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Mar 06, 2013 11:53 |  #2

When these birds turn, it can create some real abstract poses, some of which shown below.

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And I thought the below image was interesting, the bottom Kite staring at it's dropped scrap of meat (just see it in front of the tree trunk) as it's chased by another Kite.

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IMAGE: http://drewbuckleyphotography.com/site/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/1D4_1203.jpg

All images on this page taken with Canon EOS 1D Mark IV, EF300 2.8IS & 1.4x II Extender

In other news, I'm very excited to announce that in the next few weeks I shall be offering Red Kite photography workshops at this venue in Mid Wales. You'll get to spend an afternoon photographing these fantastic birds up close and you will learn about using the correct camera settings for birds in flight, improving your tracking skills and learning about general wildlife photography techniques so you can come away with some great images from your visit.

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Mar 06, 2013 12:04 |  #3

SOme fantastic images there Drew. Love it


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Mar 06, 2013 12:41 |  #4

Beautiful! Awesome set of images!


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Mar 06, 2013 12:56 as a reply to  @ Linss34's post |  #5

bw!bw! Perfection in action.


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Mar 06, 2013 13:02 |  #6

These are just simply awesome! What a majestic bird!


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Mar 06, 2013 13:41 |  #7

Wow...and what everyone else already said! Good luck on your workshop...I'm too far away!


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Mar 06, 2013 14:12 |  #8

One of the best series I have ever seen.
Congratulations.


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Mar 06, 2013 14:28 |  #9

Superb set , absolutely beautiful, Well done!


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Mar 06, 2013 14:51 |  #10

This is such a great set..


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Mar 06, 2013 14:58 |  #11

That is a great set Drew, very nicely caught, every one of them!


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Mar 06, 2013 20:44 as a reply to  @ L.J.G.'s post |  #12

Nothing less than amazing. You have your settings and technique down!

Great stuff.

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Mar 07, 2013 14:51 |  #13

Thanks everyone for the kind comments :)

Drew


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Mar 07, 2013 14:58 as a reply to  @ buckas's post |  #14

Great bunch of shots, Drew, I don't think they could be improved on.


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Mar 07, 2013 15:34 |  #15

So, what grade did you give your new gear? I score the shutter operator as a 10!


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