Bird-in-flight: Kite

Apparently in Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire, there is a fair population of red kites patrolling the skies, especially over the countryside. I do see them regularly during the daytime, hovering where there are large fields, presumably scouting for potential prey. It has been my long term aspiration to photograph one of these in flight. But sadly each time I have seen one, either I do not have my camera handy or am not quick enough as the kite would have flown away by the time I had taken my camera out. But this time, I was fortunate to be at the right place at the right time, with my Sony A6000 and 70-200mm lens.

So here are the images of the red kites I managed to capture. I used shutter-priority mode, continuous autofocus, 1/1000 sec, F4, +1.7 EV and Auto ISO to capture these. They are all images which are cropped in but not to 100%, so the kites were pretty close up in the sky. Anyway, I will let the pictures tell the story.







DSC05139Bird-in-flight is not the easiest to photograph, but with the Sony A6000 it is now possible for me to do so. Hopefully when the Olympus EE-1 dot sight accessory becomes available and I get one to use, I will be able to do even better.