Concho River – Mississippi Kite


We thought we’d take a break this morning and take a drive to downtown San Angelo, and cruise a bit along the Concho River.  It was really nice down there but a bit on the humid side.  Not like up north, though, and it will disappear as the sun rises to it’s usual 100 degree mark.  I was pleased to come across this Mississippi Kite, (Ictinia mississippiensis).  This smallish raptor is beginning to show up more in increasing numbers in this area.

Mississippi Kite

  • Canon EOS 7D
  • Canon 500mm IS lens with 1.4 tele-converter – tripod mounted
  • 1/1000 sec @ f9 –  plus 1/3 EV adjustment
  • ISO 400
  • Lens focal distance 700mm
  • Metering – partial
  • Shutter priority

After spending time photographing the kite, we continued and came upon these two photo opportunities.

Great Blue Heron

  • Canon EOS 7D
  • Canon 100-400mm lens
  • 1/1600 sec. @ f5.6 – minus 1/3 EV adjustment
  • ISO 250
  • Lens focal distance 260mm
  • Metering – partial
  • Shutter priority

Cormorant and Turtles

  • Canon EOS 7D
  • Canon 100-400mm lens
  • 1/2000 sec. @ f5.6 – minus 1/3 EV adjustment
  • ISO 1000
  • Lens focal distance 350mm
  • Metering partial
  • Shutter priority

I hope you enjoyed the photos.  Click on any one of them to see beautiful enlargements.

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8 thoughts on “Concho River – Mississippi Kite

  1. The kite seems to have posed like a fashion model, “…featuring a beautifully contrasting iridescent wing in shades of charcoal and rust”. I love the symmetry of the reflections and the cormorant and turtles are just plain exotic to me. Wonderful post, Bob.

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