Red Kites & Ptarmigans

November 24, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

First published: 19-Feb-2013

Red Kite

 

It was a very good weekend for wildlife photography for me. On Saturday I decided to go to RSPB Tollie to see some Red Kites. This RSPB centre has been set up a few years ago, but I hadn’t been there yet. They feed the kites every afternoon, but I heard that it was still very much hit and miss. When I was there about 10 kites turned up and there was some good interaction. At times when the sun came through the clouds it really brought out the colour of their plumage. I have red kites flying over my house as well, but it is not always easy to get good shots when they are higher up in the air.

Male Ptarmigan in winter plumage

 

On Sunday I went to the hills with a friend and we had some great Ptarmigan encounters. We were a good team, because I was good at spotting them and my friend was better at how to approach them. We managed to get very close to a few male ptarmigan. They are gorgeous birds in their white winter plumage. The males have a dark line between their eyes and beak and now and again a bright red comb would appear above their eyes. You have to really pay attention to your camera settings, because the birds are so white. If you don’t get it right the ptarmigan are easily over-exposed if there is a darker background or under-exposed if the birds are in the white snow.

 

I think everyone was  happy that we finally had a weekend with some prolonged sunshine. In sheltered places it even started to feel like spring.

 

 

 

 


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