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White-Tailed Kite (Juvenile)

White-Tailed Kite (Juvenile) (Elanus leucurus)

There are two of these that fledged from a nidus tree in Tillie Creek Campgrounds. This is a migrant species of raptor, coming north from South and Central America to breed in this area. Notice the reddish coloration in the neck, side, breast and flanks, along with the faint dark spots on the tail feathers. These will all be replaced by pure white feathers when it moults into it's adult plumage. Also the eye will turn the most incredible red. The back ground is "Split Mountain" just above Wofford Heights.
Wofford Heights: Kern Co., CA., USA
Date taken
May 2014
Scientific name
Elanus leucurus
Equipment used
Canon 1Dx : Lense; Canon EF 500 IS USM L + 1.4 T/C (effective focal length 700mm) : Mode; aperture priority : Metering; evaluative : Exp.; 1/1600 @ f 7.1, + .33 comp : ISO; 400 : White Bal., custom 5800K : PP Lightroom 4.4, CS6
Gorgeous capture, Mark!!! I absolutely love the blues in the bokeh and the slight bank of the bird. Excellent work!!!
A beautiful capture of this youngster. It's interesting that the buffy fades within weeks. I've been anxious to see a younger one here but so far they've all been older.


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