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Soaring

This kite was effortlessly sailing in the 5pm evening sky. It had been a warm day and there were stirrings of cool breeze. There were several kites about, but they were high above. This one came closest and is the only one (out of a sizable quantity of shots) where I could get some details within the frame and with half decent sharpness. 

Soaring

This kite was effortlessly sailing in the 5pm evening sky. It had been a warm day and there were stirrings of cool breeze. There were several kites about, but they were high above. This one came closest and is the only one (out of a sizable quantity of shots) where I could get some details within the frame and with half decent sharpness. 

comments (22)

Nice shot--a change of pace for you...
Ayush Basu: Thank you, Larry.
Good catch, Ayush.
Ayush Basu: I was delighted with this one, Frank.
Wonderful shot, Ayush! What a handsome bird!
Ayush Basu: Thank you, Elizabeth. A good looking predator!
Belle prise, on peut bien distinguer son plumage.
Bonne journée
Ayush Basu: Thank you, Pascale. A good looking predator!
  • Chris
  • Not Nowhere
  • 1 May 2018, 06:16
I don't know what sort of Kite this is Ayush, it's certainly not like ours in the UK
Ayush Basu: I am not a knowledgeable photographer of birds, Chris, I regret to admit.
Superbe prise.
Ayush Basu: I am pleased you like it, Martine.
  • gutteridge
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 1 May 2018, 06:51
You have captured this one beautifully Ayush. This bird is one of the terrors of the skies for rodents.
Ayush Basu: I was delighted with this one, Chad. And I am sure it lives up to its reputation too.
Wonderful birds and you did well Ayush
Ayush Basu: I was delighted with this one, Bill.
  • Ray
  • Not Germany...
  • 1 May 2018, 08:13
I think it might be somewhat better than "half decent", Ayush!
Ayush Basu: Thank you for the kind remark. However I have to admit it was considerable work in post processing to coax out this final level, Ray and not straight out of the camera.
They are beautiful birds.
Ayush Basu: And I am sure they live up to their reputation as well, Brian, of being fierce predators.
Looks like an immature black kite. Great take!
Ayush Basu: Thank you for the input, Tom.
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 1 May 2018, 20:15
Well caught, Ayush - good to see your success with birds
Ayush Basu: I wish I could be consistent, Lisl. I am afraid I do not always react in time to capture these beauties.
I can't tell the difference between kite and eagle!
Ayush Basu: I do not know for sure but this is not an eagle, in my uneducated opinion, LC
Very nice.
Ayush Basu: Thank you, Michael.
YAY for you, Ayush. I can just picture you "shooting" this beauty. smile
Ayush Basu: I wish I could be more consistent in capturing birds, Ginnie. Normally I react much to slow and then I do not have the patience to wait for the next opportunity
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 2 May 2018, 07:19
Sometimes I see birds floating on the hot air rising and looking for something to eat. What a great shot and very well "caught", Ayush.
Ayush Basu: I am afraid I do not always react in time to capture these beauties, Astrid. And they are excellent flyers, even to my eyes as an ornithologically uneducated person.
it's an amazing shot, and one you should be proud of.... good thing we are not still back in film days, aye?
Ayush Basu: Oh yes, Elaine - I think I squeezed out 2 or 3 reels equivalent of shots with one shot that I share here. Thank you for the encouraging comment.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 2 May 2018, 13:40
In Africa we have a number of types of kite and an even larger number of types of eagle. The main distinguishing features are the legs and nape.

Eagle has stout legs and covered with feathers, sometimes like they are wearing socks. The legs of a kite is more slender and covered in scales, like that of a chicken.

The eagle has a sharp indent in the nape, between the head and neck. That gives it a more regal look. The kite's head (like in your picture) just goes gradually from head to neck - more bird-like.

Now having said that, the legs of a bird in flight is checkable most of the time. Some people will try to make something of feather colour and size of the bird - but those become invalid in Africa with its large variety of eagles and kites.

As an old bird photographer, I can tell you, you have done very well. If I can identify a bird from your picture, the picture is good.
Ayush Basu: Thank you for the detailed comment, Louis. Yes, I can almost picture the eagle with their hairy legs. I am pleased you like this image.
  • Anne
  • United Kingdom
  • 2 May 2018, 15:35
What a lovely image Ayush.
Ayush Basu: Thank you kindly, Anne.
  • sherri
  • Little Rock, Arkansas, USA
  • 2 May 2018, 16:47
splendid image
Ayush Basu: I am pleased with your response, Sherri.
  • CherryPie
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 2 May 2018, 17:46
Well captured. I know how difficult it is to capture soaring birds.
Ayush Basu: Normally I do not have the patience but they were amazing with their in-flight antics, CherryPie.
I understand you, it's really difficult to take these pictures, I've tried a lot of times, and I've almost always trashed.
Ayush Basu: I fear I lack the patience to improve in the area of bird photography, Claudio.

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