Red kite feeding on the wing – winter is such a fantastic time of year for capturing images with an almost illustrative feel. the, graphic, white starkness of the winter landscape, the reflected light giving everything and even tone and the birds always dressed in their winter finery, their plumage always looking so immaculate. of course this is a must for these birds, just to survive the harsh onset of winter. i captured this image a few years ago when i visited gigrin farm in mid wales, a farm that has made an enormous contribution to the recovery and repopulation of this once critically endangered bird. much like when any creature starts to recover from a catastrophic decline there are always those that start to complain, that call for a cull or start to invent ridiculous stories as an excuse to return to their persecutory ways. gigrin remains a phenomenal place to hones on skills on genuinely wild birds, albeit ones that still benefit from a daily handout from the local farmers. the trick of course is to try and lock on to a bird that doesn’t have brightly coloured wing-tags and i tend to spend as much time watching as i do photographing. this way i can start to get a feel for their flight paths, better enabling me to anticipate their route and to identify over which part of the landscape i’d like to try and photograph them. in this instance there was a large snow covered field that, for this kind of illustrative image was the ideal backdrop. i made sure that i gave the kite plenty of exposure as i wanted to reveal all of the feather detail and i was uninterested in whether this meant burning out or losing any of the detail in the backdrop. it is after all an image of a kite and so my only priority was to ensure that the kite was the part of the image that was exposed correctly. what happened to rest of the image was inconsequential. fortunately, as the kites are quite slow flying when feeding on the wing like this ensuring that the kite was placed flying in to the negative space was relatively straightforward.
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A hooded crow having some fun on a seesaw. i love how at one point it wasn't going down and you can see him running calculations in his head tryna figure it out. true mark intelligence, i love these birds.
📽️credit - clairvoyant crow on youtube.
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