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Old Apr 28, 2007, 1:40 PM   #1
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Hi All,

Heard a Kingfisher's call at a local lake. I drove around until I spotted him. Took some shots from the car, then chanced getting out to get closer using a tree that was between us for cover. Got a couple of shots before he swooped down to try for a fish, then flew away. They're not perfect (blew the highlights a bit, even with Ev-1), but pretty good considering shutter speeds, focal length and handheld. . .

All shot with the K10, Tamron SP300/2.8, Tamron Adaptall II 1.4x TC, and the Pentax F 1.7x AFA. Lens wide open, shutter speeds of 1/320 or 1/250, ISO 160







This last one has a bit of subject motion blur, but it was a split second before he swooped down for the fish.



These guys are really hard to photograph -- but now that I know what to listen and look for, I'm getting better at spotting them.

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Old Apr 28, 2007, 3:18 PM   #2
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I just say WOW!, espec. for #2. Quite an achievement even to get one in the viewfinder, even more so to get good shots. Hats off!

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Old Apr 28, 2007, 3:32 PM   #3
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Awesome shots like these keep inspiring me to try again, great job Scott.

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Old Apr 28, 2007, 4:45 PM   #4
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nice shots scott. i know how hard it is to get these. also i know that once you identify the KF call you never forget it. i love it when they come to the pond next door but haven't gotten a shot yet.

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Real good shots.

The overall shape looks exactly the same as ours, but the colour is completely different.

Ours are electric blue, with an orange breast. Don't think I have ever managed to get one in the viewfinder though.


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Old Apr 29, 2007, 7:46 AM   #6
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great series, we've got the blue kind to, but until now I've only seen one flying by. These are real great - Ronny
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Scott, You're right, they're not perfect, but they are pretty darn close. Great work on a tough subject.

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Hi Kjell,Tim. Roy, Darren,Ronny, and Glenn,

Kjell --#2 is definitely the best -- puffed up crest, glint in the eye --

Tim -- It takes some getting used to, the weight and size are intimidating, but I'm getting such good results that I just can't seem to get it off the camera.

Roy -- The call is unmistakeable -- but usually Ihear it as they're flying away -- sorta sounds likethey're laughing at my feeble attempts to get closeenough to get a shot!

Darren -- yeah, ours are less colorful, but from what I've heard, just as hard to shoot. I've been trying to get reasonably close to one for two years -- finally got lucky (and had the right lens on the camera :-))

Thanks for looking and the nice comments.

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Neat pictures! I've never managed to see one, much less get a picture of one, and never realized they were crested (tell you what I know). I'm so impressed with these.
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Very nice shots with all those TC's stacked too. There are not many around here, but sometimes I will see on on power lines over some water.

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