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Mid-air transfer of prey between kites

 
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May 27, 2013 16:50 |  #1

There is a pair of White-tailed kites at my local park that have chicks. I don't know how many, but I can hear the screeching from the top of the eucalyptus that they live in. The other day I witnessed a fabulous aerial ballet while one of the parents would go out and hunt, and return to the area of their tree and hand off the hapless mouse for the other to take back and feed the young ones with. This series was taken with my 1D4 with the 100-400L.

1. The female(?) spots the male heading toward the nest with a mouse, and flies out to greet him and receive it. What follows is some amazing flying:

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7. Hand off complete, back to the hunt. I hope to see some chicks soon!
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May 27, 2013 17:06 |  #2

Holy smoke! The only thing more incredible than the whole bird-to-bird transfer, which was indeed awesome, is the fact that you captured the whole thing so well! Many congratulations are due here!


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May 27, 2013 17:13 |  #3

Totally Frickin' Awesome!!!


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May 27, 2013 17:17 |  #4

KirkS518 wrote in post #15973160 (external link)
Totally Frickin' Awesome!!!

Can't say it any better than that! Very well shot!


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May 27, 2013 17:26 |  #5

Wow! Awesome catch, great skill exhibited here also!


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May 27, 2013 17:44 |  #6

Absolutely fantastic


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May 27, 2013 20:42 |  #7

Good lord what an incredible series.


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May 27, 2013 20:56 |  #8

Great sequence!


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May 27, 2013 21:11 |  #9

Fantastic birds and capture well done




  
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May 27, 2013 21:11 |  #10

I can honestly say i have never seen anything like that before. What an incredible series of a very unique event. My hats off to you. Bravo!




  
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May 27, 2013 21:15 |  #11

Damned impressive, Ed. You should put the whole sequence on the other site.


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May 27, 2013 21:16 as a reply to  @ BrianB.'s post |  #12

excellent, wow!

and definitely the female grabbing the paycheck....er ..prey.




  
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May 27, 2013 21:16 |  #13

Excellent shots


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May 27, 2013 21:28 |  #14

Unbelievable. What a fantastic series. Well done.

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May 27, 2013 21:34 |  #15

Great job tracking and keeping it all in focus throughout the entire sequence. Amazing flying on their part or sure.


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