A Red Kite photographed in flight during a photography workshop
Red kites belong to the same family as eagles and buzzards. They can grow up to 60-70 cm (24-27 in) with a wingspan of 175-179 cm (69-70 in). This red kite is from a bird photography workshop that I attended 2012 where I also got three beautiful portrait photos of bald eagles.
It took some time until I had figured out the correct settings for my Nikon D7000 to capture those fast moving animals in mid-air. First, it was all about sharpness.
As long as the distance between myself and the bird was nearly constant, the autofocus did a pretty good job and I got sharp photos. But those birds are so fast, that the autofocus just couldn't keep up.
Second was all about shutter speed. I learned that I needed fast shutter speed like 1/2000 or faster. For this photo, I got a shutter speed of 1/5000. I could get such a fast shutter speed only by increasing ISO to 800 which keeps the noise the Nikon D7000 creates within an acceptable range.