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where to photograph kingfishers????

alianar 8 82 2 England
22 Jul 2010 9:03PM
i really want to photograph kingfishers does anyone know any good places in the new forest and Dorset even if its really small reserves. all help appreciated many thanks Aryan

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23 Jul 2010 12:06AM
Don't know the area, but you could talk to some local anglers, they usually know, but you need to keep away from nesting sites, I believe that a licence is required at or near a nest site
alianar 8 82 2 England
23 Jul 2010 11:39AM
thanks yeah i believe the kingfisher is a schedule 1 bird. i just want to photograph a single one fishing thanks Aryan
Britman 11 1.7k England
24 Jul 2010 8:35PM
Might be worth registering on one of the many bird photography related sites and asking those guys. Don't know if Kingfisher locations would be some sort of guarded secret.
KBan 13 502 4 United Kingdom
25 Jul 2010 12:47PM
much sought after bird, won't be easy.

Just wander up and down your local river you may spot one.

justin c 14 4.9k 36 England
25 Jul 2010 12:57PM
The fun and 99% of the skill of wildlife photography mainly lies in learning as much as you can about your subject, where it lives, what it does, how it behaves, etc. etc. then you can begin working out a plan on how best to achieve your shots. This will be considerably more rewarding than someone else doing all the fieldwork for you and pointing you in the direction. Read up about Kingfishers and then try and pinpoint any likely locations near to home which can then be investigated further with a pair of binoculars.
Chrism8 11 898 21 England
25 Jul 2010 4:00PM
There's plenty on nature reserves in and around Dorset, check them on the web, slightly the wrong time of year, best time is Mar / Apr / May when their nesting, and a good wwt site is an excellent place, nearest one 2 you will be Arundel and they can be seen from the reception area fairly often.

justin c 14 4.9k 36 England
25 Jul 2010 4:28PM

Quote:best time is Mar / Apr / May when their nesting

No it isn't. That's the worst possible time and a time when they should be left well alone.
Chrism8 11 898 21 England
25 Jul 2010 5:39PM
as indicated, from a wwt hide, it's not a problem and is encouraged by wwt.

Dave_E 9 125 United Kingdom
25 Jul 2010 5:58PM

Quote:Quote:best time is Mar / Apr / May when their nesting

No it isn't. That's the worst possible time and a time when they should be left well alone./quote]

Justin you have a valid point about approaching kingfisher nests but many good shots can be got without upsetting the adults and risking them deserting the chicks.
LIke many most birds they will be far more active whilst providing food for the chicks as well as themselves and their fishing perches can be a great place to watch.

Dave_E 9 125 United Kingdom
25 Jul 2010 6:03PM
I would totally agree with your earlier comment about the skill and the fun of wildlife photography. In fact IMO it is almost a right of passage so to speak that you earn your own shots.
MeanGreeny 12 3.7k England
26 Jul 2010 8:50AM
I think that it's up to the OP as to whether he just takes a picture of it or, as everybody else suggests, buy it little fishy chocolates, meet the parents, go round for Sunday dinner, ask it's father for permission to date the kingfisher, promise to have it home by no later than 10pm etc etc - all before pressing the shutter button.

alianar 8 82 2 England
27 Jul 2010 7:33AM
yeah i agree with you all and i have found a kingfisher hotspot (by myself Wink) thanks for all your advice.

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