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Old Nov 17, 2007, 12:21 AM   #11
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killer shots ron. just simply amazing. how close were you btw?

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Old Nov 17, 2007, 9:39 AM   #12
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Awesome Ron! I agree, the first should be a magazine cover shot. Man, what a great "model" you have here. Hope to see more....cheers....Don
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Old Nov 17, 2007, 1:09 PM   #13
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Thank you for looking and taking the time to comment!!

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How close are you gettingto her and are you using your blind?

Hi Sabine, I watched her for a week to find her favorite fishing perch and then set-up a small blind at the lowest one. I'm set up about 20-25 feet away. Sometimes she shows up in a few minutes and sometimes she makes me wait a couple of hours. After she eats she goes to another perch to barf the scales and bones. I'll set-up there next and try for some flight and barf shots.

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What equipment are you using if you don't mind me asking?
3RDI, I use a Nikon D-200 with a Nikon 200-400 VR af-s lens. I've got the Nikon D300 on order and I hope it's as good as the reviews I've read.





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Old Nov 17, 2007, 4:57 PM   #14
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This kingfisher's eyes aren't "beady black"... is that to do with sunlight reflecting on it, or maybe it has a cataract problem
Birds have a semitransparent "third eyelid" (the nictitating mambrane) which can be drawn over the eye to protect it. It covers the eye when diving, and perhaps here to protect it from beingstruckby the fins ofthe thrashing fish. It can be seen being withdrawn in the last photo as the fish is being swallowed.

Great pictures again, Ron - thanks for posting this sequence.
Thanks Penolta for explaining this and answering my question about the eyes!

Wow, such an interesting aspect that they have a special protective eyelid. Yes I did see there seemed to be a difference in the bird's eye in the last photo.

Again, thanks Penolta, and great photos Ron!

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Old Nov 18, 2007, 9:04 AM   #15
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Hello Ron,

These are great shots man. very different KF from what we have in Europe. Can you send her over and I send you a european one :-)

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Old Nov 18, 2007, 5:35 PM   #16
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Wow!
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Old Nov 19, 2007, 8:27 PM   #17
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These are great shots man. very different KF from what we have in Europe.

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Thanks Walter and KEM.

Walter, could you post a picture of a European KF?

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Old Nov 20, 2007, 10:00 AM   #18
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Very impressive shots indeed no 1 is something else my man!!! great work!!!

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Old Nov 20, 2007, 4:30 PM   #19
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Outstanding! Wow! :shock: Those are beautiful.
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Old Nov 20, 2007, 7:48 PM   #20
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Ron, i've gotten some pretty decent shots of belted kingfishers, but that first shot is absolutely mind-blowing! knowing how skittish these birds are, i am in awe. and the pose - the bird in profile, with lunch looking for all the world like it's asking you to help it - absolutely priceless! you really should submit this one to some wildlife magazines.
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