|A Black Kite takes flight into the Clearwater Bay jungle on a foggy day. D7000, |
Nikkor 18-105mm f3.5-5.5G ED, ISO 400, 100th sec, f5.
The Black Kites of Hong Kong were one of my favorite subjects and favorite birds during my months on the island and mainland. As I have written before I had the advantage of a 3-story blind which overlooked the jungle and a large Cotton Tree which 2 or 3 kites used as roosting spot. Usually if a sat and waited the birds did not arrive, but the alarm cry in the house was "Dad - your bird is there." Sometimes I had time to grab a lens and camera and shoot. Sometimes I set up and waited.
|Lei Yun Mun harbour kite. As above but 1/500th, f5.6.|
An hour later we were out the door, laden down with the lens (I let them keep the carton) packed in the bag it comes with, a Manfrotto carbon fibre tripod, the Manfrotto 393 Gimbal, and a 1.7 Nikkon Teleconverter.
|Lei Yue Mun harbour, a couple of weeks later. Nikkor, zoom, AF-S VR, 200-400mm f4. D7000 at 400mm, effective 600mm, f6.7, 1/125, mounted on a Manfrotto carbon fibre tripod with the Manfrotto 393 Gimbal.|
|Lei Yue Mun harbour. Nikkor, AF-S VR, 200-400mm f4. D7000 at 400mm, effective 600mm, f4, 1/250, Manfrotto carbon fibre tripod with the Manfrotto 393 Gimbal.|
|Mai Po wetlands reserve. Nikkor Zoom, AF-S VR, 200-400mm f4. D7000 at 400mm, effective 600mm, f4, 1/1250, mounted on a Manfrotto carbon fibre tripod with the Manfrotto 393 Gimbal. Minor crop.|
|Black Kite and Crested Serpent Eagle. D7000, 200-400mm, ISO 320, f4, 1/1600th sec., cloudy day,|
effective aperture 600mm.
|These two shots were a just as the tree began to blossom.|
The distance from window to tree is 98 feet. Minor cropping, at 600mm.
|Same lens and camera but with the 1.7 converter,|
so an effective focal length of 975mm, at 1/30th sec, ISO 1100.
|Same camera and lens as previous shots and similar settings.|
|Black Kite at Clearwater Bay, D7000, 200-400mm Nikkor, f4.5, 1/320th sec., cropped.|