One of the great delights of photography is the various elements, lighting, and juxtapositions that provide visual excitement and interest in an image.
One of those that brings life, feeling, brightness and subtly of form is High Key images.
The Black-shouldered Kite lends itself to this form as its delicate grey and white matches the requirements. Then the lighting has to match, and the pose has to be effective and the exposure just about right, and so it goes.
Here is one I prepared earlier. The bird’s brilliant red eye makes a lovely counterpoint for the high key treatment.