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Erupting Kingfisher

By albi  
I was fortunate enough to get this image yesterday, although it's not a full frame image :-( I was quite pleased with it.

Taken in landscape orientation I've cropped it to portrait, same height, just some of the sides missing.

Thanks for looking

Tags: Birds General Water Kingfisher Erupting Wildlife and nature

Voters: thearmsofvenusdemilo, ITPSnapper, KarenFB and 320 more

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16 May 2007 10:08AM
Stunning, was looking forward to this after yesterdays


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ITPSnapper 11 45 Netherlands
16 May 2007 10:12AM
Never sen better of a kingfisher in action. A real stunning capture. Cant praise this highly enough.

KarenFB Plus
10 4.8k 171 England
16 May 2007 10:16AM
Wow! You've cropped it to a perfect composition, what an amazing shot! This has to be one of the best ones I've seen, brilliant! Smile
pronature 11 27
16 May 2007 10:22AM
Brilliant shot I know how difficult these are to get right - I still haven't got one yet!
keithh 13 25.3k 33 Wallis And Futuna
16 May 2007 10:23AM
i've seen worse
16 May 2007 10:23AM
Great timing. Lots of energy.
GaZn Plus
10 176 Wales
16 May 2007 10:24AM
Damn you! Now i'm envious!!!
Crack on! i was looking at KF pics on another site last night with them entering and exiting the water and they were nothing compared to this!
freybird 10 1 England
16 May 2007 10:24AM
Stunning capture. Geoff
Coleslaw 11 13.4k 28 Wales
16 May 2007 10:25AM
albi 12 68 1 England
16 May 2007 10:30AM
Thanks all for the kind comments.. Wink

If the light had been better I would of had a shot of it just before it entered the water but the shutter speed was too slow and the Kingfisher was too fast..Lol..

Grim1 10 49 United Kingdom
16 May 2007 10:35AM
AlanBW 11 20 England
16 May 2007 10:38AM
Fantastic timing and great action
Phoebecat 11 1 Italy
16 May 2007 10:39AM
Wonderful! And what perfect lighting too

Magpiemick 10 5 2 United Kingdom
16 May 2007 10:54AM
Tony, this is a fantastic image....

16 May 2007 11:01AM
Fantastic capture.
chase Plus
11 1.1k 246 England
16 May 2007 11:05AM
Oh yes..superb timing Tony.Love this to bits & so wish it were mine!!
bunbeam 11 2 United Kingdom
16 May 2007 11:29AM
what a superb capture
plugin 12 1 Canada
16 May 2007 12:31PM
Wow, this is superb. Great timing..
Phil_Morgan 10 182 1 Wales
16 May 2007 12:42PM
Just awesome Tony.

Rayner 12 England
16 May 2007 1:08PM
cracking capture!
csurry 15 9.2k 92
16 May 2007 1:17PM
So explain this to me then!

How comes you can capture this moment, but when the GG was in flight all you did was complain that you couldn't lock on. Obviously NOT challenging enough for you Tongue
dark_lord Plus
13 1.9k 369 England
16 May 2007 1:25PM
Superb stuff.
Bucks 14 238
16 May 2007 1:32PM
Poor fella, he is all wet.
Magnificent shot
Scorpio74 9 34 England
16 May 2007 1:39PM
Wow, great timing, good shot.
maroondah 13 239 1 Australia
16 May 2007 1:42PM
Incredible shot. Well done.
Guernseydan 10 37 United Kingdom
16 May 2007 1:54PM
Great capture and congrats on the EC!
Philip_P 11 71 1 United Kingdom
16 May 2007 2:41PM
Fantastic capture congrats on EC,
CathyT 11 7.3k 18 United Kingdom
16 May 2007 3:05PM
Congrats on both EC's....

Coleslaw 11 13.4k 28 Wales
16 May 2007 3:18PM
2 in a row.
you are HOT HOT HOT
GeoffP 11 130 Portugal
16 May 2007 3:38PM
Super image -
Maiwand Plus
10 3 72 England
16 May 2007 4:28PM
skewey 10 31 England
16 May 2007 4:30PM
Magnificent Keith. Well done on Ecs
imander 10 388 7 United Kingdom
16 May 2007 4:31PM
i think everybody has already said it all,but i just had to say well done,fantastic well timed shot,perfect.once again well done
NevP Plus
11 853 13 Canada
16 May 2007 4:41PM
Simply fabulous.
albi 12 68 1 England
16 May 2007 4:48PM
Thanks all for the kind comments.. Smile

Thanks for the EC Pete, much appreciated..

Cheryl, it was that crap big lens it's not fast enough.
I did get some of the GG with the little lens mind, look forward to another trip up there in the autumn.. Wink

Thanks all.
pamelajean Plus
11 976 1882 United Kingdom
16 May 2007 4:54PM
Thankyou, Tony, that has made my day.
I sit here with mouth agape, which slowly turns to a smile.
If you hadn't got an award for this, I think I'd have left ePz for good !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
albi 12 68 1 England
16 May 2007 5:03PM
That's a bit extreme Pamela... Lol..

Thanks for your kind words.

geordieaj 14 1
16 May 2007 5:15PM
Simply stunning!!...Geordie
A Booth 14 11 4 United Kingdom
16 May 2007 5:24PM
excellent - timing and composition.
proberts 13 218 4 Wales
16 May 2007 6:12PM
WOW.Excellent capture Tony.Very well done.Hoping to get something like this,this year.Totally failed the last time.
Big congrats on another EC.
rontear Plus
14 8 8 England
16 May 2007 6:34PM
Wildbird photographer of the Year perhaps Tony. At least an e/c to start with and more to come. Fantastic image, power and grace. Ron.
paulb20 Plus
10 12 United Kingdom
16 May 2007 6:43PM
Terrific action shot.Superb.
BertC 10 29 Malta
16 May 2007 6:44PM
Superbly timed !!
16 May 2007 7:14PM
crackin shot well taken
csurry 15 9.2k 92
16 May 2007 7:48PM

Quote:Cheryl, it was that crap big lens it's not fast enough

A bad workman, blah, blah, blah.

Actually Tony I think this shot is incredible. I know a lot of people will be comparing this with the shots from last year by AR, but since yours did not involve a fish tank, so you had no control over the entry and exit points of the KF I think this took more craft.

I'll give you a free place in autumn for a couple of hours with the KF Smile
MikeMar 11 6 United Kingdom
16 May 2007 8:42PM
Great Image, well done! Can we have one sat on a Superbike next please
16 May 2007 8:43PM
excellent timing and capture,congrats on the EC
Chriscj 11 96 1 England
16 May 2007 8:51PM
Awesome capture. Beautifully timed, congrats on your EC too.

Westers 12 3.9k 1 Burkina Faso
16 May 2007 9:21PM
Damn right it deserves the EC.

POTW as well, I reckon.
Hop-A-Long 10 52 1 England
16 May 2007 10:30PM
That is an amazing shot. WOW WOW and WOW again.
iscramble 13 90 United Kingdom
16 May 2007 10:51PM
Wiated three hours to try and get one of these recently and got precisely nothing! This is fabulous, well done.
VNelson 12 3 United States
17 May 2007 4:57AM
Superb photo, a rare shot, one to be proud of.

_Helena_ 10 596 1 United States
17 May 2007 5:38AM

Quote:Damn right it deserves the EC.

POTW as well, I reckon.

I concur!! This is the most amazing shot of one of these I've ever seen! Bigtime award material, you should be extremely proud! Fantastic.
tomcat 11 6.4k 15 United Kingdom
17 May 2007 7:24AM
My heartiest congratulations on a shot in a million

David25 11 2 United Kingdom
17 May 2007 3:10PM
Brilliant picture well done .
brayzo 10 England
17 May 2007 4:28PM
Cracking shot just brilliant well done.

NatalieKinnear 10 280 8
17 May 2007 5:04PM
Excellent, I agree with tomcat, this is a shot in a million. Well done.

skydivemike 11 47 Northern Ireland
17 May 2007 5:50PM
A++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ award to add to your EC and RC.

Julian 12 76 3 United Kingdom
17 May 2007 6:26PM
Eruption says it all. Cool pic too!
nutmar 11
17 May 2007 10:16PM
Cracking shot Tony. Very jealous, and now very motivated......
jimbo_t 13 959 England
17 May 2007 10:35PM
Wow......what a shot!
glazzaro 12 70 23 United States
18 May 2007 1:55AM
Excellent shot, definite EC material! Spot on! Click!!!

phillj 10 2 England
18 May 2007 8:20AM
Wow, wow, WOW. Can I vote for this twice? Once for the pic and once for the timing.

Ade_Osman 13 4.5k 36 England
18 May 2007 9:54AM
Awesome work Tony.....Well deserved award.

tim g 13 13 United Kingdom
18 May 2007 10:36AM
Fantastic image.

Jaye 11 3
18 May 2007 2:24PM
Wow stunning superb and all of the above...Judith
chris-p Plus
11 65 England
18 May 2007 3:10PM
Very much of the best
49er 10 564
18 May 2007 8:52PM
Stunning. Can not think of anything else to say..

Well deserved EC
phillips 11 69 2 Scotland
19 May 2007 7:52AM
Looks like a once in a lifetime one to me.
Well done.
Marian 11 62 England
19 May 2007 8:40AM
I would have been so EXCITED if this was my image, it's wonderful. Marian
Ridgeway 10 222 2 Ireland
20 May 2007 12:19PM
Its people like you ,keep people like me,
trying very very very hard.
"WOW" just isnt enough,
Breath taking.
canongirl08 11 18 United Kingdom
20 May 2007 12:26PM
WOW! Excellent capture,superb timing
richardwheel 11 217 2 England
21 May 2007 9:27AM
congrats on POTW!
chase Plus
11 1.1k 246 England
21 May 2007 12:25PM
Well done on POTW Tony,so very well deserved,this is a superb capture..fabulous photography.
Jaye 11 3
21 May 2007 2:06PM
This was my choice for POTW so came back to see if it won so pleased it has ,a fantastic shot...Judith
proberts 13 218 4 Wales
21 May 2007 2:42PM
Congrats on POTW Tony.Well done :0)
EeeZeeLee 10 197 1 England
21 May 2007 2:57PM
Glad your quite pleased with it - I think it's bloody fantastic! Well done on the POTW. Excellent capture, Ian
21 May 2007 4:03PM
Congratulations on Photo of the Week, it's a brilliant image.
21 May 2007 4:29PM
Many congrats - a fabulous capture
albi 12 68 1 England
21 May 2007 4:55PM
Thanks everyone.. Smile

Thanks Pete, I'm stunned..
John_Humphreys 11 69 2 Ireland
21 May 2007 6:32PM
Super duper and congrats on all those accolades. John
Coleslaw 11 13.4k 28 Wales
21 May 2007 6:50PM
well deserved!!!!!!!!
skydivemike 11 47 Northern Ireland
21 May 2007 7:30PM
Congratulations on your photo of the week award. I was hoping this one would get it.

Outstanding image

crash39 11 24 England
21 May 2007 8:37PM
Totally amazing image. Well deserved photo of the week.

MikeRC 11 3.6k United Kingdom
21 May 2007 9:31PM
"EC"and "Photo of the week" must be well pleased.
Excellent shot.......Mike
sparklep 10 146 1
21 May 2007 10:45PM
dathersmith 9 554 12 England
21 May 2007 11:42PM
Amazing capture. Congrats on all the awards, each one well deserved.

Shroomer 10 14 167 England
22 May 2007 8:54AM
I have tried this so many times, wow great timing and captured to perfection. Everyones dream picture
Well done
ericfaragh 13 138 4 United Kingdom
22 May 2007 8:55AM
Marvellous action capture, excellent work to get this.
ValSaxby Plus
11 145 United Kingdom
22 May 2007 10:35AM
KBan 12 498 4 England
22 May 2007 1:03PM
simply stunning photography
22 May 2007 8:46PM
It's all been said. Great shot well done.
leeg 13 165
22 May 2007 10:55PM
Yeah not bad Tony :o) Bit of CW rotation maybe?? LOL

Incredible shot and your patience has paid off. Now for some full frame ones please :o) Can't believe this is at 200mm or closer....

Exceptional work!!
22 May 2007 10:57PM
23 May 2007 10:47AM
Ubelievable shot, I am so jealous!. Congrats on the awards.
ecowarrior 10 577 England
23 May 2007 3:40PM
You nailed it alright. Excellent!
DaveHobbo 10 10 England
23 May 2007 7:35PM
I take my hat of to you, superb.

Dave H
StevenPrice 12 30 2 England
23 May 2007 11:35PM
ChristopherG 10 53 United Kingdom
24 May 2007 10:14AM
cant add anything to what has already been said.

simply outstanding
24 May 2007 11:14AM
Top shot.......................
adderman 11 8 1
24 May 2007 12:57PM
WOW.. So Impressed.. Very well done indeed and for all your credits, well deserved.

glenalva Plus
11 338 United Kingdom
24 May 2007 2:40PM
Absolutely stunning, and SO worthy of all the awards.

Congratulations, very well done indeed Smile

albi 12 68 1 England
24 May 2007 4:08PM
Thanks for the kind words everyone.. Wink
whipspeed Plus
12 4.2k 22 United Kingdom
24 May 2007 4:37PM
Well done, superb.
GlynnisFrith 10 23 3 United Kingdom
24 May 2007 5:16PM
Well I do not think I can add to what has already been said, apart from congrats on all your awards well deserved they are too
24 May 2007 5:39PM
I can't really add anything other than to repeat how stunning this is. A mixture of good luck + excellent timing and preparation has led to a simply fantastic shot!
25 May 2007 6:43AM
Talk about capturing the moment you have here my lad what a shot.
HUMIE 10 2 United Kingdom
25 May 2007 9:43AM
Well deserved of the response it's had....INCREDIBLE !!!!!!!!
SueWB 10 England
25 May 2007 11:30AM
Just don't know what to add.
As someone once said to me, sometimes lady luck just hands a magic moment in time to you. Yep, true, but it still takes great skill to keep cool and take a whopper like this.
Congrats on all the awards!
ann_g 12 19 United Kingdom
26 May 2007 8:03AM
Well deserved POTW, excellent shot.

Ann Smile
looboss 10 3.1k 7 United Kingdom
26 May 2007 3:45PM
I think I spotted a small sensor dirt spot Wink other than that its a nice pic LOL!

Joking aside, beats my pic of a blackbird sitting on a branch pants down LOL!
What can I say that has not been said? "it's a real bad ass image" ? Wink
Maddie Plus
11 2.7k 2 United Kingdom
26 May 2007 5:01PM
well done on all three awards
cathal 12 492 4 Ireland
27 May 2007 11:24AM
This is an absoloutly awesome picture! Fantastic detail in the bird and the water. I'm not surprised on on the accolades it has received, as they are all truely deserved.
Milvus 9 168 2 United Kingdom
29 May 2007 11:22PM
If I ever take a photo as good as this I will be a very very happy man. I aspire to this standard of photography - it's a joy to look at.
31 May 2007 8:45PM
Absolutely stunning image!
A most well deserved EC, congratulations on both counts.
colin 12 697 5 Scotland
31 May 2007 8:49PM
Sorry I missed this first time around.
Stunning, stunning, stunning!!!
rebeccab 10 6
2 Jun 2007 3:20PM
wow wow wow!!!
barnowl 11 697
2 Jun 2007 11:03PM
Fantatic image Tony. One of your best and there have been a lot of them.
3 Jun 2007 8:22AM
Just Brilliant. Rich
Wow.... good pic Tony Tongue
5 Jun 2007 10:38PM
Simply wonderful.
8 Jun 2007 12:07PM
Amazing shot! The timing is unbelievable. The details are superb. Magic!
Congratulations! // Benjamin
Dave87 9 42 5 England
16 Jun 2007 9:22PM
When a person takes a photo that gets - 219 click’s - an RC - an EC - plus a POW - there is only one thing left to say and that’s - very well done. Here’s number 220 click’s from me.

Visit his blokes PF - and view the images large for the full experience.
digitall 10 238 6 Wales
22 Jun 2007 12:40PM
Great Image well takenSmile


GarethRobinson 10 1.0k 2 United Kingdom
24 Jun 2007 4:38PM
Tony, you dont need more votes for this but its a stunning shot as always so have another..
bzbee Plus
12 102 3 United Kingdom
27 Jun 2007 6:49PM
well-deserved winner of everything!!!! Fantastic!!
justin c 13 4.8k 36 England
30 Jun 2007 12:48PM

29 Jul 2007 10:21PM
Well .... what is there left to say? a bit late for the congrats maybe ... but I offer them all the same ... your timing is absolutely amazing ... i just cannot express enough how I feel about these kingfisher shots of yours! Outstanding .... stunning .... awesome ... all inadequate words for these superb images! Click*
phototime 10 8 United Kingdom
29 Jul 2007 10:33PM

canonmaid 9 4 United Kingdom
27 Aug 2007 7:29PM
What can i say that has'nt already said!
Gobsmacking!!!! a shot that ll wildlife photographers dream of getting.
jaga 12 Venezuela
27 Sep 2007 9:47AM
pringle 9 15 United Kingdom
11 Oct 2007 6:10PM
What a fantastic shot. Well done.
Amir 9 Malaysia
23 Oct 2007 4:24AM
Simply wonderful. I wish I had a shot like this in my portfolio. Smile
fishy2 9
2 Dec 2007 6:15PM
awesome capture.
Stunning shot.
jstock 9 2 Scotland
3 Jan 2008 10:33AM
Jaw-droppingly good. Well deserving of all the attention!
Cheers, Jon
Libby_M 10 United Kingdom
18 Jan 2008 11:39AM
this is fab
the detail and the colours are great
what an action shot you got here
This must be an award winner.....
As above++++
Ray42 8 3 England
5 May 2008 10:27AM