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Square-tailed Kite

Square-tailed Kite (Image ID 42408)
Photographed byJim Schultz on Sat 12th Sep, 2020 and uploaded on Tue 15th Sep, 2020 .
Resolution1800x1400
Viewed57
ID42408
CommentThis is far from a superior capture of a Square-tailed Kite in flight. It is, however, an unusual and difficult one to get (for me) as this kite has a habit of coming in fast, low and silent, so by the time you spot it, it has already passed, and it’s too late to get a shot in other than one from behind. On this occasion I was lucky and managed a handful of captures as it flew by, only one of which caught focus at all. On the wing, alas! This is the result after post-processing to the best of my abilities.
EquipmentNikon D850 with GPS mounted & engaged
Nikkor AF-S 500mm f4G ED VR
Technique: Camera rig support: Gitzo GT3543XLS Tripod, Dietmar Nill gimbal tripod head; personal camouflage netting over camera rig
Exposure Mode: MANUAL 1/1250 sec at f5.6 & ISO-320. Metering Mode: Center-Weighted; Focus Mode: AF-C High/5 frames per sec & AF Area Mode: Dynamic, 9 points
Nikon ViewNX-i for viewing and selecting files; Adobe Photoshop Camera Raw/CC 2020 for resizing canvas, cropping to 144%, selective sharpening and general post-processing; Topaz Pro plug-ins Sharpen AI2 and DeNoise were used for blanket sharpening and noise control. Penny Olsen’s ‘Australian Birds of Prey’ was consulted and ‘Australian Bird Guide 2019’ used for supplementary data and colour checks
LocationBanyowla Regional Park, Orange Grove, Western Australia
Keywordsin flight, adult
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