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Old Feb 18, 2011, 4:12 PM   #1
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There is a little man made stream that runs through our compound, not more than 18 inches (ca. 45cm) deep anywhere except where it empties into a pool containing huge goldfish. However that doesn't deter a pair of Kingfishers from coming here to fish (and I've spotted them for at least the last 3-4 years now).

This is the first time I've been able to shoot them - and even then the closest I could get was 35m before these noisy starling like birds start up their warning calls and panic everything around them !

Anyway, I was so excited to see them that I had to post - regardless that I know they are barely keepers never mind post-able ! These were all taken from around 40m away and are heavily cropped of course.

The Female Fishing :-

1. On Your Marks



2. Get Set



3. Go !



4. Mach One



5. Houston - We Have Entry



6. Mission Impossible - But The Boy Is Back In Town (Poor quality but I like the pose) !



7. So I'd Better Make Myself Pretty ! (Poor quality but I like the pose) !



8. Looking Good Baby ! (Poor quality but I like the pose) !



9. The Male




10. A Reason to Leave .... Pronto !

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Old Feb 18, 2011, 8:17 PM   #2
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Terrific series !

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Old Feb 18, 2011, 9:18 PM   #3
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Great series in spite of the IQ!
You're doing better than me, Kev. I've only been able to spot a few of them and like you say, they are very skittish and are gone before I can raise the camera!

Thanks for sharing these, it gives me hope that one day I might get a shot too.
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Wonderful!!..I love those little guys!..very nice job catching something one doesn't get to see very often in their life..
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Nice to see - kingfishers are notoriously tough to photograph, so don't apologize for less than perfection. Good enough to record the event nicely. Patience pays off - after 3 years, they probably look pretty good to you.
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Old Feb 19, 2011, 12:43 AM   #6
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Thank you for your encouraging comments Rodney, John, Kashka and Penolta !

Ha ha - yes Penolta, I'm quite pleased and as you might have guessed, very excited, to have actually got any shots, no matter not of NG quality, of these gorgeous flying jewels !

They are indeed extremely skittish. The male shot was taken from the closest I have been able to get to date (35M) !

Actually I correct that ... the male landed just 5m from me once whilst I was sitting on a rock still deciding on the best place to settle for an hour or two .... and the camera was not ready ! All I could do was sit motionless and admire him for the 60 secs he stayed there.

There are numerous stray cats that live in our compound, they must feel safe here - though maybe that's why the birds in our compound are so skittish and frightened of their own shadows ! They are certainly not welcomed in our garden by our GSD who jealously guards the garden from any intruding bird - even trying to jump up and catch them as they fly over-head !
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