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Old Jul 24, 2007, 12:58 AM   #1
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The promised sunshine had not arrived when I took this shot Pentax K10D plus Sigma 400 PKAF 5.6 and Tamron 1.4 Teleconverter hand held @ 1/350 second @ 400 ISO.




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Old Jul 24, 2007, 2:46 AM   #2
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At that length hand held you have done very well, what a beautiful bird.
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Old Jul 24, 2007, 4:58 PM   #3
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Thanks Rodney

According to formula 400 X 1.4 X 1.5 gives a film camera equiv. focal length of 840mm.

So at 1/350 sec shake reduction seems to be working OK.

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Hi Ian,

Another impressive shot of this elusive bird. Some sunshine would probably have helped with the iridescence of the back feathers -- there's always something. . .:-)

Here's the best I've ever done with our version which is not nearly as flashy as yours:

http://forums.steves-digicams.com/fo...mp;forum_id=80

So how have you been able to get so close? Any tips welcome. . . those shots were a complete fluke, and I'm back to chasing them around with little luck. . .

Nice work!

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That IS a beautiful bird! Nice shot, especially under those conditions.

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Old Jul 24, 2007, 11:50 PM   #6
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Thanks Scott and Tim.

Scott I really like your shot of the Belted Kingfisher with his crown up.

Having come to New Zealand from Scotland I am well aware of how elusive Kingfishers can be. In Scotland all I can recall seeing was the occasional magnificent flash of blue !!!

Here in New Zealand many of our wildlife lakes are looked after by the conservation people and have formed tracks for walkers so Kingfishers in these particular places are less "flighty' than in more open spaces.

For me if I see a Kingfisher I usually hang around for a while and try to locate favourite perching spots. They don't seem to stay long on one perch so hopefully not too long to wait.

If there is a favourite perch where I can conceal myself in the greenery I'll go there and wait and have the camera all set up for the shot hopefully with the sun behind me.This shot was taken at around 25 yards and cropped but there is another location where I can get to around 12 yards of subject. Ian Mc
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