Photo skills: How I took this red kite image

Wildlife and landscape photographer Paul Miguel reveals how he took this fantastic photo of red kites. 

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Photo skills: How I took this red kite image

“I spent 6 days photographing red kites at a farm on the outskirts of Leeds during January a couple of years ago. Red kites are plentiful at this location and I hoped they would come to down to bait. With deep snow on the ground I entered my hide, essentially an old pig shed - with added scrim netting over the window. It was a slow start but I was gradually treated to incredibly close up encounters of wild red kites sparring over the food. Temperatures were down to -2°C in the daytime, but it certainly rates as one of the most rewarding projects of my career!”

Equipment specification Canon 1D Mark iv; 300mm + 1.4x extender; 1/800 f7.1; ISO 500: Gitzo Tripod

EXPERT TIPS

  • Piercing the carcass will encourage kites to feed as they don't have a lot of strength to do this themselves
  • Use a high ISO setting to increase your shutter speed in case the action kicks off!
  • When photographing in the snow, use plus exposure compensation to avoid images coming out too dark.
  • If you intend to feed red kites, get permission from the landowner or tell the local residents.

See more great photography by Paul Miguel. 

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