050/365 Red Kite

To end the weekend, image 050, shows a Red Kite in full stretch. Such a beautiful bird to watch and always a pleasure to photograph as they soar around massive expanses of blue sky. Photographing this individual in late evening light, I waited till the bird started to bank, and fired off a round of shots as it got into the perfect position.

Red Kite, Milvus milvus, Rhayader, Powys, Wales, January, 2011.
Canon 1D mkIV with Canon 500mm f/4.0 L IS lens.


Image 005 shows a diving Red Kite.  These birds are absolutely beautiful in the right light but when they start to dive they will test even the most advanced autofocus system. Studying their movements before hand will surely help get sharper results.

Red Kite, Milvus milvus.  Rhayader, Wales.
Canon 7D with Canon 500mm f/4.0 L IS lens.