It was a lazy, grey Sunday afternoon – the Sunday before I started my new job. It has been more than a month since I finished my previous job and moved to Wales. The new house is finally in order and it seemed only fitting that we should relax before the onslaught of commuting and getting to grips with the new work/life balance. So, it was off to the Red Kite Feeding Station to watch more than 50 wild red kites converge from all over the Brecon Beacons in a feeding frenzy.
This was an exceptionally challenging photographic experience. The high contrast between a dark bird and a bright white background was the first issue. Then there was the difficulty in tracking individual birds as they circled and circled before diving at speed to snatch a chunk of meat in their powerful talons. It’s hardly enough time to blink let alone capture a reasonable photograph.
All in all I took 580 photos, 9 of which were a reasonable quality and of those, I was only prepared to share 4 publicly. It was a thoroughly enjoyable and mesmerising experience.
- Canon EOS 7D MKII
- Canon 400mm F/5.6 L
- Shutter speed priority of 1/650
- ISO – Auto (limited range with a max 3200)