Bird Photo Competition 5 2012 : Entry Number 248

Judges Comment

An atmospheric composition with the Swallow-tailed Kite placed ahead of the sweeping line of cloud hanging over an exotic mountainscape.

Photographers Comment

Thanks. I spent almost a month living on a mountain top in Costa Rica last year. Each morning the kites would thermal up so I was always ready. On this morning, everything just came together. Canon EOS Mark IV with a 100-400 zoom set at about 200mm. I figured this shot had a chance to do well or even win until I saw the duck shot which is indeed very wonderful. John Hendrickson