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Photo of the Day ~ Birds Category ~ December 04, 2007

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A Hover-Hunting White-Tailed Kite
by Steve Wolfe (trailhiker) 
Camera:
Pentax K10D
Location:
Huntington Beach, California
 
United States of America

Photographer Notes:
A small hawk, White-tailed Kites hunt from the air, staying in one spot then dropping down on the ground to their prey. This juvenile (note the brown chest band) held position in this same spot for a good 20 seconds, affording me a chance to get good sharp shots of its hunting technique. Taken with the Sigma "Bigma" 50-500mm lens, ISO 200, f7.1, 1/1000 sec @ 500mm.


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Roger Hogan commented on December 04, 2007 00:12:
Mr. Steve, they don't get better than this
Charlie Lentz commented on December 04, 2007 00:16:
I echo that !!! Fantastic shot .... Congratulations.
LaRee Brownell commented on December 04, 2007 00:26:
Downright sweeet Steve! Excellent camera work on your part produces this stunning image. Seriously a fantastic shot.
Monnie Ryan commented on December 04, 2007 07:41:
Impressive photo -- outstanding detail. Congratulations!
Renee commented on December 04, 2007 08:26:
Excellent! Looks like he's close enough to reach out and touch! Congratulations on the POTD!
Dan Marquis commented on December 04, 2007 09:40:
Beautiful Steve! Superb work.
Patrice Cigallio Wesa commented on December 04, 2007 11:07:
A capture of EXCELLENCE, Steve! Quite remarkable in every respect...I agree with Roger: "They don't get better than this" A big congrats on this sure winner!!!!
Tom Briggs commented on December 04, 2007 18:17:
Great shot, Steve. This is a wonderful photo of this majestic bird. Congratulations on your POTD.
Linn Smith commented on December 04, 2007 18:25:
Outstanding stop action timing and major pose as it hovers above. Having "20" seconds is not much time to get it all perfect but you managed it. Big congratulations on a superb image!
Larry Usselman commented on December 04, 2007 22:13:
Lovely!
LaRee Brownell commented on December 04, 2007 23:22:
I've had the opportunity to go out with Steve photo-birding. It is humbling to watch really. He has great patience and great timing. 10-1 I'll be fumbling with my camera not even up to my eye yet and Steve will have got the shot. One can get lucky now and then, and I've yet to be lucky as this shot! But Steve consistently comes away with great BIF images. I know why, I've watched him in action!


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