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    Default Black-shouldered Kite Juveniles

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    Common Name- Black-shouldered Kites
    Scientific Name- Elanus axillaris

    Date- 13 May 2017

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    Notes- Another from my Black-shouldered Kite series. I watched a nest for a few weeks. My husband always keeps a straight face when I ask him some things, and he did sorta give me a funny look when I asked for the ladder. I used this to try and gain some height when photographing the juveniles atop the pines. I didn't go to high as it was uneven ground and I had to be realistic. These two were first out of the nest of 4 juveniles, and they would jostle and argue over the top perch, it was so funny to watch as one would constantly fly around and come back in trying to gain top spot. In the end they compromised and one went a little lower and then another time, somehow they both perched together. So typical of young ones to carry on like this.

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    What a ripper shot, Shelley! Just one of them would have been a great shot, but the two together is something else.

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    Wow, great shot Shelley. I think the angle works well, certainly not worth breaking a leg to improve.

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    Love the rich chestnut of these juveniles Shelley, nice capture of this behavioural aspect.

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    Wonderful action Shelley. Pretty impressive work to be wrangling a big lens like that up a ladder - glad you're still intact!
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    Beautiful capture as usual Shelley. You have lessened the angle nicely I think and beaut poses. Wonderful. Wilson

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    Awesome Shelley!
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    Very nice. I reckon the juvies look better than the adults.
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    Haha! Can just imagine you on a ladder taking this
    Fantastic shot! Composition, light and most importantly the subject action, are spot on !
    Agree with Ray - love the colour of the young ones!


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    Terrific shot Shelley, love the youngsters colour and ungainly pose.

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    Great capture, love the expression and action in this.

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    Such wonderful interaction Shelley. Beautiful image

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    Brave call to go onto a ladder - but it has worked well. Excellent image of a pair deciding who is going to be 'boss', and I'm another to like the plumage colors of the younger birds in this species.
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    Amazing shot, love it!

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    You've been giving us all a treat with these birds Shelley... Trust it will continue.
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