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Old Feb 20, 2006, 5:42 PM   #1
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I could be wrong, but believe this handsome little guy is a kingfisher...









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Old Feb 20, 2006, 6:16 PM   #2
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Wonderful captures of a bird that is clearly allergic to us paparazzi. Normally, whenever I've been lucky enough to get close, I get threatened with a law suit:!:

It's a Belted Kingfisher - And their normal chatter always sounds like they are warning all photographers to keep our distance!

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Old Feb 20, 2006, 7:18 PM   #3
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JohnG,
That has to be one of the clearest and sharpest photos I've seen of this very shy bird. I can't seem to get any closer than a couple hundred feet to a Kingfisher before he's gone. What were you shooting with ?
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Old Feb 20, 2006, 7:23 PM   #4
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Nice job! Front, rear,AND side profile. Ireally like #3, very sharp. I too have tried with no success lately to get close enough.....a bird I rarely see anymore.
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Old Feb 20, 2006, 7:49 PM   #5
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very nice work on all, but # 3 is the winner!! those little guys are indeed hard to get close to! have only even seen one a couple of times out this way, and he was too far off for a decent shot! looks like you got close enough, though... what camera and lens were you using?
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Old Feb 21, 2006, 7:23 AM   #6
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Thanks everyone. He was on the opposite bank of a ditch/cree about 30' away. Fortunately he wanted to model and jumped onto a branch hanging over the creek a bit. I shot with a Canon 20D and 100-400L lens. I'm fairly inexperienced at wildlife photography but it seems at least around where I live it is very much about luck. I was out for about 6 hours trying to shoot eagles and hawks (who absolutely would not cooperate - the eagles were missing and the hawks stayed too far away to get any detail). Anyway, as I was walking his crest caught my attention and we had our little modeling shoot.

Thanks for looking and commenting.
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Old Feb 21, 2006, 7:28 AM   #7
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Great captures! This one has alluded me with great expertise, also to this point. Last month I found one, slowly crept up to a spot to where I could get a shot, and he toik off right before I could get the shot off. I think he was laughing as he flew by. I refuse to give up.
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I just want to say what everybody else has already said.... Great job! These birds are sooooooo fast! Your pictures clarity is perfect! I'm jealous...
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Old Feb 21, 2006, 11:53 AM   #9
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Thanks bmullen and buzzsaw. As stated, I wish I could say I spent an hour belly in a dry suit snorkelling up to the bird and easing my way out of the water but it was just plain dumb luck - given I had spent many hours prior/after without getting a decent shot of my intended targets I'll happily take blind luck.

There was a sequence in one of the recent photo mags (can't remember which one) where the photog had shots of the kingfisher actually entering/exiting the water while "fishing" - now THAT would be an exciting thing to capture.

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I think he was laughing as he flew by
That has to be the most accurate statement. My wife keeps telling me the wildlife in the area knows all about me and when I'm spotted they make sure to stay away all together or just out of effective range.
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