Muuuh Wildlife Tales

Farewell Gift from Switzerland

On my last hike along the valley of the Glarnerland, I got close enough to take some shots of a gliding Red Kite, circling over fields still not snow covered.

Red Kite

Camera: Nikon Z6
Lense: Nikkor 300mm f/4
Exposure Time: 1/1600
Focal Length: 420mm
F Number: f/16
ISO: 5000

It is always of great joy to spot this medium sized bird of prey. It isn’t a rare observation though where I stayed while in Switzerland. I saw this species almost every day, even while visiting shortly Sargans.

Taking a good photo of this bird is more challenging though. Usually, they circle very high and fly away if I am standing on the open field. In this case, I was located at a slope adjacent to a grass field, not being seen by the bird until the bird flew over the crest. Luckily, this time my camera setting have been correct for taking a photo of a bird in flight.

Montreal, 1/2/2020

About Red Kite (Milvus milvus)

Rotmilan (de), Red Kite (en), Milano real (es), Milan royal (fr)

The red kite is a medium-large bird of prey in the family Accipitridae. The species currently breeds in the Western Palearctic region of Europe and northwest Africa.

More information: Wikipedia