I spent the last couple of days trying to photograph wild Red Kites in flight. Apart from the standard looking up at them flying stuff you get I wanted to get some that show them in their habitat. We were up a hillside so at times we were level with the Kites as they flew past which allowed me to get some of the countryside behind them. I had the exact shot I wanted in mind but took a LOT of photos with not much success as they birds were always smallish in the view finder and the background would confuse the focus. These were the best 3 I got, not sure if any of them are the exact shot I wanted although they come close as it shows them hunting in their natural surroundings which I like. All are slightly cropped, but only because web sized shots needed the bird slightly bigger in the frame. The original files have slighlty more countryside in the background so you get a bit more of an impression of the area they are patroling. Anyway, here they are - be interested to know what you think. All shot with the D200 & 200-400 VR. The colours look slightly different in each but thats because the sun was hidden at times by varying thickness of clouds so lighting changed a bit. I think I like the first one the most but will go back for more as not sure I have the shot I am after just yet.