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Another one. Two golden eagles arguing over eating-rights. Beautiful birds, cold an snowy, perfect eagle-conditions! Also taken in the steep hills of Dalen in Telemark, Norway. D4s+tammy 150-600.  

Northern Carmine Bee-eaters taking advantage of savanna fire. Mago national park, Ethiopia, Feb 2015  

Yesterday I went to visit one of my favorite spectacles in the animal world. Each morning during late July and early August, dozens to hundreds of Swallow-tailed Kites assemble over hayfields near th

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offshorebirder

Thank you @@KaingU Lodge - high praise coming from such an accomplished photographer as you are.

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Peter Connan

Magnificent kite series Nathan!

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Thanks @@Peter Connan and @@TonyQ. I imagine y'all would have produced better photos than I was able to.

 

I might post a few more shots if tomorrow's visit goes well.

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I just returned from another Swallow-tailed Kite extravaganza. Here are a couple of additional shots, including one showing the gorgeous coloraton on their upperside.

 

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Peter Connan

Beautiful!

 

I very much doubt I could have done as well!

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The_Norwegian

Almost like a good old dogfight between fighter-planes, although the one on your six is just playing with you and can take you down at any time.. Did i mention, this is the very place that they filmed the sparrowhawk-scenes for the bbc-series "the hunt", ?

 

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Peter Connan

@@The_Norwegian i agree!

 

I would love to know what AF settings you used in those two shots.

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The_Norwegian

thank you for the comments! Af used is D51 and af-c, both shots with my now ancient D4s :-D

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Soukous

Verreaux's Eagle soaring over the Batuka Gorge, near Vic Falls

 

The sky is horrible due to a lot of dust in the air combined with smoke from the annual burn.

 

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Soukous

Egyptian goose flying low over the Save river, Chilo Gorge

 

 

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Magpie Geese, Lake Argyle, Western Australia

 

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Brolgas, Lake Argyle, Western Australia

 

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Black-necked Stork, Lake Argyle, Western Australia

 

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Brahminy Kite, Territory Wildlife Park, Darwin

 

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White fronted bee-eater. These guys are now creating their nesting burrrows in the usual spot, so if I am up with a boat waiting for guests then that is where I head to for a half hour fix!

 

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Peter Connan

Followers of the Big Year threads will be forgiven for thinking that I have no idea how to use a camera.

This is defence...

 

White-throated Swallow:

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Reed Cormorant:

 

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michael-ibk

The Swallows are outstanding - especially the second one.

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KaingU Lodge

The Swallows are outstanding - especially the second one.

@@Peter Connan. Absolutely super.

 

Can I ask what SS you are using?

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Couple from the last few days. I have taken to doing the 6am drop-off for guests doing a game drive so I can spend half an hour before the staff meeting doing this.

 

 

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Peter Connan

Love these @@KaingU Lodge! One day I would love to get some skimmers in action too.

 

EXIF from top to bottom:

 

500mm, f4, 1/640, ISO160

500mm, f6.3, 1/2500, ISO400

700mm, f7.1, 1/2500, ISO450

500mm, f4, 1/100, ISO800

500mm, f4, 1/100, ISO800

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30467789521_61077e3ceb_b.jpgPied Kingfisher by Dave Williams, on Flickr

Still a favourite shot of mine, perhaps my best ever, despite spending a small fortune on "better' gear since I took it nearly 6 years ago. Good light, luck and being in the right place at the right time are the best elements to have in your favour.

 

I used a Nikon D300s, combined with a 1.4 TC on a 300mm f2.8 lens. f5.6 1/3200 sec ISO 800.

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