This photograph was taken in July of this year. I was on my way to Skokholm Island and stopped off at the Llanddeusant Red Kite Feeding Station in an attempt to photograph the Red Kites being fed. I hadn’t quite realised just how difficult is is to capture a half decent image of a bird that moves so fast. They have a wingspan of between 1.5 to 1.7m and they weigh 900 to 1300g so they are not a small bird, but by nature they are cautious and will swoop to get their food and rapidly return to the safety of the skies. The afternoon was very overcast with the occasional break in the clouds which gave the photographs an ominous feel. I used a Canon 7D with a 70-200 f2.8 lens and a 2.0x extender. This image was taken at 140mm, 1/3200 sec at f/6.3 with an ISO of 400.
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