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Red Kite Juvenile - Milvus milvus
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Young Red Kite right after he got fed by his mother-kite. After his mother flow away to get more food his eyes followed her until he couldn't see here anymore. Excellent portrait opportunity :)
Submitted: Tuesday, 2nd November, 2010 21:48 (GMT)
Taken: Tuesday, 6th July, 2004
Focal length: 500 mm
Shutter speed: 1/2500 sec
Aperture: F6.3
ISO: 400
Notes: Young Red Kite. The background of the original capture was very distracting, so I went through the painful exercise of removing it without removing any feathers. I copied the remaining bird as a new layer onto a previously made photo of a nice cloud scenery, adjusted the exposure of both and had something that would pass IF not the clouds where to sharp and detailed, so I had to add some Gaussian blur to the clouds to make them more realistic and to create the illusion of depth. I hope I've succ
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