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Kite Action

Make my second trip to see the Swallow-tailed Kites in Dayton, TX this morning.  Found one in the usual location but this time he was sitting at the top of a tree.  He dove off of the tree and soared around and eventually caught up with another Kite.  Tried to catch him going past the moon but just missed it.

Taken with Canon 1DX and Canon 500mm F4 IS II with 1.4X III teleconverter mounted on tripod

1/1250 sec @ F9, ISO 800, evaluative metering, +2/3 exposure compensation

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1/1600 sec @ F9, ISO 800, evaluative metering, +2/3 exposure compensation

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Swallow-Tailed Kites

Found the Swallow-tailed Kites near Dayton, TX again this year.  Saw six of them up high with only one of them coming in closer.  They catch insects and eat them while soaring with their large wings.  Will have to make another trip one of these weekends.

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

1/2500 sec @ F10, ISO 1600, evaluative metering, +2/3 exposure compensation

 

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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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Swallow Tailed Kites – Part 1

Spent the last two mornings taking photos of Swallow-tailed Kites in Dayton, TX.  This was my first time seeing this bird so thanks David for the tip.  Got lots of shots so more to come.

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

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