Monday, May 30, 2011

Brahminy Kites of Binmaley (Pangasinan)

A business trip to La Union on April 2010 brought me within striking distance of this interesting town of Pangasinan province, where a restaurant built over a fishpond serves the best grilled catfish I’ve tasted so far.

The bigger reason though for my visit wasn’t the tasty catfish, nor the little fat crabs and juicy oysters.

I’ve discovered a few years back that this is one spot where a few Brahminy Kites linger for hours feeding on the contents of the fishponds. Of the 5 or 6 times that I’ve been there, the raptors always showed themselves. I talked to the local folks and they confimed the daily visit by the Kites.

So, in between bites of good food, I shot bursts at the fish-eating raptors in flight.

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Brahminy Kite (Haliastur indus, resident)

Habitat – Open areas often near water, and also in mountains to 1500 m.


Shooting Info - Binmaley, Pangasinan, Philippines, April 22, 2010, Canon 7D + EF 400 2.8 IS + Canon 1.4x TC II, 560 mm, f/5.6, ISO 400, 1/2500 sec, 475B/3421 support, manual exposure in available light, near full frame.

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