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Old Nov 25, 2008, 11:10 AM   #1
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Here's a few more from the other day. Kingfishers are my Moby Dick. Been trying for about 4 or 5 years now to get a close shot. These, as usual, are full crops. The little bu__er just wouldn't sit. Guess I'm not sneaky enough:-?...cheers...Don
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2...as soon as it spotted me, it took off. Got a couple of shots flying at a distance...
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4...these guys are much more photogenic. No doubt, looking for a handout...
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6..I liked the pose this little gal dished up...cheers...Don
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i know what you mean about the kingfishers, Don... they seem to be everyone's nemesis. still, crop or not, that first one is a pretty darn nice image. i've only managed a handful of good close shots, and got all those inthe span of about 90 seconds when i stumbled across one sitting on a branch about 20 feet away... i think he was a bit dumbfounded that i'd just walked up on him, but as soon as he came to his senses, he flew off... other than that, i haven't been able to get closer than about25 yards to one!
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I envy you both for even getting any shots of a Kingfisher. So far, I excel at only scaring them off well before I am close enough for any kind shot.
Crops or not Don, those are really nice.

Drooling with envy, :crazy:

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BTW, your sparrow shots are very cool too.
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LOL....I'm very glad to hear that three such good avian photographers have trouble with kingfishers. It makes me feel much less like a complete idiot for my frustrations in trying to shoot one. Don, I would kill to be able to take a shot as good as any of the three kingfisher shots you posted. I haven't even been able to get close enough for a clearly recognizable focus. Nice job.

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Thanks Squirl, Steve and Paul. It does seem to be the prevailing consensus that Kingfishers are one of the most skittish birds out there. Very hard to get close to...cheers...Don
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