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Photo of the Day ~ Birds and Wildlife Category ~ July 14, 2007

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Eyes of a Raptor
by Steve Wolfe (trailhiker) 
Pentax K10D
Palos Verdes, California
United States of America

Photographer Notes:
On May 26, 2007 I was fortunate to be the first person to spot this Missiissippi Kite at the South Coast Botanic Garden here on Los Angeles' Palos Verdes Peninsula. My sighting was only the 5th recorded time in Los Angeles County that it's been seen; its home territory is in the southeastern US with an isolated pocket in Arizona. Ornithologists speculated that this particular Kite "turned left instead of right" on the way back from its South American winter grounds. It stayed at the Garden for 9 days then disappeared as mysteriously as it arrived. This was taken with the Sigma "Bigma" 50-500mm lens, ISO 250, f6.7, 1/160 sec @ 500mm.

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Bill Vickers commented on July 14, 2007 00:02:
Nice one Steve!
Bud Hensley commented on July 14, 2007 00:03:
Hey Steve! Absolutely INCREDIBLE shot!
James Verhoeven commented on July 14, 2007 00:06:
Excellent capture Steve.
SaMi Martin commented on July 14, 2007 00:13:
Great capture Steve & love the expression. Congratulations!
Roger Hogan commented on July 14, 2007 01:06:
Fantastic capture. You done did it AGAIN
Joyce Webley commented on July 14, 2007 01:27:
Absolutely beautiful! Congratulations, Steve!
Kathy Shogren commented on July 14, 2007 01:34:
What a thrill to spot this Steve. Perfect clarity and comp too. Congrats on POTD!
Mark Westlake commented on July 14, 2007 02:22:
Great capture Steve,congrats!
Andrew Boyd commented on July 14, 2007 05:28:
A great shot and a very interesting background story! Congratulations on your fine potd,Steve
Kathy Pazaryna commented on July 14, 2007 05:32:
Wow What a thrill it must have been to see this Raptor and to capture such a Awsome picture.It is really giving you quite a look Steve. Loved the picture and thanks for the Info on this beautiful Raptor. Congrats on your POTD win.
Joe Shah commented on July 14, 2007 07:56:
Big Congrats Steve! You're back with a Bang! The Bigma's doin' you proud!
Diane Blackford commented on July 14, 2007 08:08:
Steve this is an absolutely amazing capture. I see these guys quite often. They are fantastic in flight. I have not been lucky enough to catch a shot. Congrats on a well deserved POTD
Glenn Urquhart commented on July 14, 2007 08:23:
Excellent capture and composition!!!
Steve Wolfe commented on July 14, 2007 08:45:
Thanks for the kind comments everyone! I forgot to mention that this is a "First Summer" Miss. Kite which accounts for the unusual colors. Certainly a stunning bird, and one that created no end of excitement in the southern California birding community.
Don Mullaney commented on July 14, 2007 09:02:
Great capture, Steve!
Linn Smith commented on July 14, 2007 09:46:
Thank you for the explanation with the photo - a truly amazing capture and a lucky one besides considering the rarity. Congratulations on a terrific POTD!
Patrice Cigallio Wesa commented on July 14, 2007 09:55:
Stupendous capture, Steve, with a great story behind it, taking us deep into the awe of nature's ways. Congratulations on this wonderful and rare POTD win today.
Diane Kroupa commented on July 14, 2007 10:45:
Stunning perspecve and the details are fantastic. Congratulations on the win.
Evy Johansen commented on July 14, 2007 11:01:
What a beautiful shot, Steve!! Wonderful clarity and detail! Great composition! Big congratulations on your POTD!
Gerda Grice commented on July 14, 2007 13:16:
Wonderful eye contact and expression in this excellent wild bird portrait, Steve! Great work! Many congratulations on your POTD!
June Marie commented on July 14, 2007 15:24:
Very impressive...beautiful bird and image! Congratulations!
Helen McHugh commented on July 14, 2007 17:26:
An awesome capture with wonderful info to go with it! We are privileged to look upon this majestic bird thanks to your dedication Steve! Congratulations on an outstanding POTD!
Ken Tyler commented on July 14, 2007 21:26:
I've seen that bird somewhere before :) Nice to see it again though and congrats on the POTD!! Ken

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