…morning light is magic…

Swallow Tailed Kites – Part II

Here are some more shots of Swallow Tailed Kites from last weekend at Dayton, TX.  They use their 4 ft wingspan to soar while catching bugs in mid-air and off of trees.  Their forked tail is unique and very functional as they use it like a rudder to steer as they glide along, as shown in the first two photos.  They didn’t come out until about 9:00 a.m. so the light was harsh on their white head.  My ol’ arms got sore handholding the camera/lens but it was worth it to get some close-up’s of these majestic birds.

Taken with Canon 1DX and Canon 500mm F4 IS II with 1.4X III teleconverter, handheld

1/2000 sec @ F13, ISO 1600, evaluative metering, +2/3 exposure compensation


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1/2000 sec @ F13, ISO 1600, evaluative metering, +2/3 exposure compensation


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1/1600 sec @ F14, ISO 1250, evaluative metering, +2/3 exposure compensation

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1/2500 sec @ F9, ISO 800, evaluative metering, +2/3 exposure compensation

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2 responses

  1. Good set Tim. It’s interesting to watch their tale flickering back and forth as it helps them make all kinds of maneuvers.

    July 21, 2014 at 6:36 pm

  2. Thanks David. It was fun to watch them up close.

    July 28, 2014 at 5:31 am

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