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Hey all,

While I haven't been posting, rest assured, I have been lurking and continue to enjoyed the quality of imagery from you all!

Here is my installment of Swallow Tail Kites found at the Florida / Georgia state line today.

Enjoy!
Exif is intact

Dave

1) Soaring long tail


2) The Evil Eye - "what is that big thing you're holding down there?"


3) Eye level with clouds - this has the feel of being at 10,000 feet right there with 'em


4) Feeding - these sports cars were feeding on dragon flies. They would zoom in low, grab a snack, and then circle as they ate it.


5) "mmm tasty. Not looking where I am going tho. "


6) "CRAP, I dropped it!"


7) Eye level feeding


8) Lunch above the clouds


9) " I got the little bugger, now to eat it."


10) " I thought I had it - where'd it go?"


11) Munch Munch


12) Wings full spread. F-14 wings full forward.


13) Graceful


14) Agile


15) Going in for the dive


16) Speed turn


17) Coming straight atcha







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Jul 14, 2012 at 10:13 PM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · Swallow Tail Kites IF (17)


Wonderful series !!!!

Birdie



Jul 14, 2012 at 10:27 PM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · Swallow Tail Kites IF (17)


Fantastic set!! I especially love the shots where he's catching the bug and eating it. Impressive work on these.


Jul 14, 2012 at 10:35 PM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · Swallow Tail Kites IF (17)


Nice shots! Love to watch these especially when they eat in flight.


Jul 14, 2012 at 10:39 PM
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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · Swallow Tail Kites IF (17)


Very nice shots; great captures.
I'd suggest two things in the post processing to optimize these special images:
1. Change the sharpening settings to avoid the unnatural white and black rims around the birds.
2. Use one of the fill light or highlight-shadow control adjustments to reduce the darkness of the shadows (always a problem with white and dark birds in harsh sunlight).
---John



Jul 14, 2012 at 10:47 PM
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p.1 #6 · p.1 #6 · Swallow Tail Kites IF (17)


Terrific work especially in challenging light

Tom



Jul 14, 2012 at 10:58 PM
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p.1 #7 · p.1 #7 · Swallow Tail Kites IF (17)


very nice Dave


Jul 14, 2012 at 11:37 PM
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p.1 #8 · p.1 #8 · Swallow Tail Kites IF (17)


Great job on these, Dave
Socrate



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p.1 #9 · p.1 #9 · Swallow Tail Kites IF (17)


birdied wrote:
Wonderful series !!!!

Birdie



Thanks Roberta. The stuff your doing with your new 500 is awesome!
dave



Jul 16, 2012 at 08:42 PM
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ashley138 wrote:
Fantastic set!! I especially love the shots where he's catching the bug and eating it. Impressive work on these.


Appreciate the comments Ashley. It is wonderful to watch them eat as they fly. I have some more i will post in a few days.

dave



Jul 16, 2012 at 08:44 PM
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kmorvant wrote:
Nice shots! Love to watch these especially when they eat in flight.


Thanks for commenting Kelly.


dave



Jul 16, 2012 at 08:45 PM
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jdc562 wrote:
Very nice shots; great captures.
I'd suggest two things in the post processing to optimize these special images:
1. Change the sharpening settings to avoid the unnatural white and black rims around the birds.
2. Use one of the fill light or highlight-shadow control adjustments to reduce the darkness of the shadows (always a problem with white and dark birds in harsh sunlight).
---John



John,

Thanks for the nits. Sharpening - I agree with you. I must have a hitch in my workflow.
They look good in LR, then they get an extra sharpening when I export. I think that is where it is happening. They look good when I use Preview to view them, but they go bad when I view them in the browser. Must be right at the sharpening edge. arggg.

Thanks for commenting.
dave




Jul 16, 2012 at 08:51 PM
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Thomas Sanders wrote:
Terrific work especially in challenging light

Tom



Tom, the light is crazy high. They don't seem to fly too early in the day. We have found a few early, but most of them show up after 10 AM.

Thanks for the comments!
dave



Jul 16, 2012 at 09:01 PM
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kmunroe wrote:
very nice Dave



Thanks Kenny! Appreciate it!

dave



Jul 16, 2012 at 09:02 PM
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Shasoc wrote:
Great job on these, Dave
Socrate



Thanks Socrate. We find these are collecting here in preparation for their migration South.

Your stuff is looking great!

dave



Jul 16, 2012 at 09:05 PM
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p.1 #16 · p.1 #16 · Swallow Tail Kites IF (17)


Oh man what a rare treat to see!


Jul 16, 2012 at 10:45 PM





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