Red Kite: In-flight Series 21st November 2021

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N Deacon
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Re: Red Kite: In-flight Series 21st November 2021

Blufftonian wrote:

Lovely shots and I can only imaging that handholding the f/4 must be a challenge.

It can get a bit painful after a while, and with the TC-14 sometimes even finding your subject is a challenge, but when you get it right it's quite rewarding. I envy the light weight and compactness of the 500 PF, but at the moment I am not prepared to give up the extra stop of light gathering.

The sharpness, clarity and contrast are exceptional though.

I left England in the mid 1970’s. At that point seeing a red kite, or an osprey, was just a dream.

Thanks and yes, with human assistance red kites are doing well, ospreys making a slow comeback and buzzards are everywhere. On the other hand, kestrels are declining, Montagu's harriers apparently lost as a breeding species and peregrines, goshawks and hen harriers (among others) are still illegally shot, trapped and poisoned. There is a reason why raptors in the UK are usually very wary of humans - they live longer that way.

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