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A record shot of a pair of kingfishers I saw mating from the Kingfisher Hide at Slimbridge at the end of April.

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 400D
Lens:150.0 - 500.0 mm (35 mm equivalent: 242.8 - 809.2 mm)
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:24 Apr 2013 - 10:41 AM
Focal Length:439mm
Aperture:f/6.3
Shutter Speed:1/250sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:250
Exposure Mode:Landscape
Metering Mode:Evaluative
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Auto
Title:Mating Kingfishers
Username:Glostopcat Glostopcat
Uploaded:7 Jun 2013 - 9:04 AM
Tags:Glos, Kingfishers, Slimbridge, Spring, Wildfowl & wetlands trust, Wildlife / nature
Votes:Voting Disabled

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Eastlands
Eastlands e2 Member 3649 forum postsEastlands vcard Northern Ireland3 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jun 2013 - 9:11 AM

I'm still waiting to capture an iamge of a kingfisher and along come you with two mating, I'm not really envious. Seriously its a great image,well focused on the "action" and a wonderful spot. John.

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ringyneck
ringyneck  7304 forum posts United Kingdom18 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jun 2013 - 9:15 AM

Everyone asks if I have been to Slimbridge for the Kings...now I know why....Great record shot.

Keith

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WhiteRose1
WhiteRose1 e2 Member 41033 forum postsWhiteRose1 vcard England134 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jun 2013 - 9:17 AM

Well captured in flagrante, Ed.

Dave

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RonnieAG
RonnieAG e2 Member 4139 forum postsRonnieAG vcard Scotland111 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jun 2013 - 9:19 AM

I have never seen a kingfisher so must echo Eastlands' comments today, Ed: what a marvellous moment to have captured.
Ronnie.

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Hermanus
Hermanus  2 South Africa
7 Jun 2013 - 9:31 AM

An excellent capture Ed !! Well doneGrin

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mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 7407 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom990 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jun 2013 - 10:43 AM

All I have ever seen is a flash of blue skimming the water...
A faster shutter speed would have been nice but the main thing is that you grabbed the shot! A good crop, contains the scene nicely. Can I suggest a bit of very discreet use of the Burn tool to define the birds a bit better, mainly to be used over the heads and chests. Nothing extreme - set to Shadows, brush size large enough to sweep easily over the head and just 2% or 3% exposure. I think it would give them more 'presence'.
Moira

Last Modified By mrswoolybill at 7 Jun 2013 - 10:46 AM

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Fefe
Fefe e2 Member 2Fefe vcard United Kingdom28 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jun 2013 - 10:50 AM

I have never even seen one kingfisherTongue......... Lucky youGrin
Diane

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LynneJoyce
LynneJoyce e2 Member 6LynneJoyce vcard United Kingdom98 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jun 2013 - 12:16 PM

Undoubtedly there could have been more detail with perfect settings (whatever they are) but hell, you got a shot in a million, so well done for that.

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kathrynlouise
kathrynlouise e2 Member 2364 forum postskathrynlouise vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jun 2013 - 1:03 PM

Well done ED. I've seen one whizzing past me but never seen one long enough to appreciate their beauty Grin

Kathryn

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Daisymaye
Daisymaye e2 Member 5Daisymaye vcard Canada9 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jun 2013 - 1:11 PM

I just looked in my birdbook to see if we even have any kingfishers. We have a belted KF. Nothing like these beauties. What a great capture Ed.......Sandy

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achieverswales

Seems they have come back to Slimbridge Ed, they were missing for a couple of years, they are playing leapfrog.

Regards

Trev.

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Nigeve1
Nigeve1 e2 Member 1683 forum postsNigeve1 vcard United Kingdom75 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jun 2013 - 3:34 PM

Great capture.
Nigel

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zapar40
zapar40  466 forum posts Wales5 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jun 2013 - 5:56 PM

lovely shot Ed, they didn't show there face while i visited, let alone perform for me.nice one.
ant.

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cantona43
cantona43 e2 Member 9882 forum postscantona43 vcard England4 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jun 2013 - 6:33 PM

what a stunning well timed and coloured capture Ed, right place right time I hope you left them in peace lol
Neil

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Irishkate
Irishkate e2 Member 3Irishkate vcard United Kingdom73 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jun 2013 - 7:06 PM

The bird we all want to capture but to photograph two mating is amazing!.
KateGrinGrinGrin

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EMJAYCEE
EMJAYCEE e2 Member 5EMJAYCEE vcard England10 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jun 2013 - 8:04 PM

Absolutely amazing.
Joan.

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pamelajean
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7 Jun 2013 - 8:39 PM

Congratulations on capturing the kingy action.

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pluckyfilly
pluckyfilly e2 Member 8282 forum postspluckyfilly vcard United Kingdom33 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jun 2013 - 8:50 PM

Well done, every bodies dream

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ali63
ali63 e2 Member 2474 forum postsali63 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jun 2013 - 9:09 PM

Well done ,

Ali

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chalkhillblue
chalkhillblue e2 Member 5143 forum postschalkhillblue vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jun 2013 - 9:35 PM

Very well captured Ed, some excellent field craft required to obtain an image such as this.
David

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Glostopcat
Glostopcat e2 Member 8232 forum postsGlostopcat vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jun 2013 - 10:11 PM

Many thanks for all your comments and to Neil "Cantona43" for the user award it is greatly appreciated, Ed

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Glostopcat
Glostopcat e2 Member 8232 forum postsGlostopcat vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jun 2013 - 10:14 PM

It was pure luck that I captured this and from miles away too, this was cropped very heavily! It was a once in a lifetime experience a bit like hitting a hole in one in golf!Smile

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Holmewood
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7 Jun 2013 - 10:38 PM

Lovely shot. They are on my wish list. Cathy

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sweetpea62
sweetpea62 e2 Member 4sweetpea62 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jun 2013 - 11:25 PM

A brilliant well timed capture Ed..Lin

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Badgerfred
Badgerfred e2 Member 7Badgerfred vcard Wales
8 Jun 2013 - 11:52 AM

Excellent capture Ed, he has a glint in his eye,SmileSmileSmile
Fred.

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