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This was taken in not very good weather (story of summer this year) which restricted what I could do with the settings.
I had waited for about 2 hours to see if this little guy would turn up, and when he did he was generous enough to perch on a brach lit by a shaft of morning sun coming through the trees. So I set the exposure using sunny f16 rule, knowing that the water would turn into a very dark backdrop. Unfortunately settings were 1/125 sec on ISO 800 with a 100-400 zoom at its max from about 30 feet so this is cropped heavily (about 10% of the frame).
Fortunately the bird had just made an abortive dive and returning to the branch so was not going particularly fast and the shutter speed blurred the wings nicely.

It ain't going to win any awards but as we rarely get to see the kingfishers this clearly, I am well happy with it.

Camera:Canon EOS 7D
Lens:Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Focal Length:400mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/4.5
Aperture:f/5.6
Shutter Speed:1/125sec
ISO:800
Title:Kingfisher
Username:mikehit mikehit
Uploaded:9 Oct 2012 - 8:51 AM
Tags:Wildlife / nature
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KTM112
KTM112 e2 Member 5KTM112 vcard United Kingdom
9 Oct 2012 - 8:55 AM

Cracking picture
Regards
Pez

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Franko59
Franko59 e2 Member 3Franko59 vcard England1 Constructive Critique Points
9 Oct 2012 - 9:07 AM

Nice 1 and a great alternative to most shots!,,,regards Ian Smile

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Hermanus
Hermanus e2 Member 2Hermanus vcard South Africa
9 Oct 2012 - 10:33 AM

Your patience and perseverance was certainly richly rewarded ! Great action photo of a beautiful bird Smile

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boony
boony e2 Member 8978 forum postsboony vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
10 Dec 2012 - 4:30 PM

Wow! I love pics like this, technically it's far from perfect but that doesn't matter one jot, you got the wing position just right - deserves a lot more votes and comments!!

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