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

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


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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 4.7k 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
16 May 2007 10:22AM
Brilliant shot I know how difficult these are to get right - I still haven't got one yet!
keithh Plus
13 25.2k 33 Wallis And Futuna
16 May 2007 10:23AM
i've seen worse
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!
16 May 2007 10:24AM
Stunning capture. Geoff
Coleslaw Plus
11 13.4k 28 Wales
16 May 2007 10:25AM
albi Plus
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 Plus
10 20 England
16 May 2007 10:38AM
Fantastic timing and great action
16 May 2007 10:39AM
Wonderful! And what perfect lighting too

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!!
16 May 2007 11:29AM
what a superb capture
16 May 2007 12:31PM
Wow, this is superb. Great timing..
Phil_Morgan Plus
10 182 1 Wales
16 May 2007 12:42PM
Just awesome Tony.

16 May 2007 1:08PM
cracking capture!
csurry Plus
14 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
12 1.9k 345 England
16 May 2007 1:25PM
Superb stuff.
Bucks Plus
14 238
16 May 2007 1:32PM
Poor fella, he is all wet.
Magnificent shot
16 May 2007 1:39PM
Wow, great timing, good shot.
maroondah Plus
13 239 1 Australia
16 May 2007 1:42PM
Incredible shot. Well done.
16 May 2007 1:54PM
Great capture and congrats on the EC!
Philip_P Plus
11 71 1 United Kingdom
16 May 2007 2:41PM
Fantastic capture congrats on EC,
CathyT Plus
10 7.3k 18 United Kingdom
16 May 2007 3:05PM
Congrats on both EC's....

Coleslaw Plus
11 13.4k 28 Wales
16 May 2007 3:18PM
2 in a row.
you are HOT HOT HOT
GeoffP Plus
11 130 Portugal
16 May 2007 3:38PM
Super image -
Maiwand Plus
10 3 72 England
16 May 2007 4:28PM
skewey Plus
10 31 England
16 May 2007 4:30PM
Magnificent Keith. Well done on Ecs
imander Plus
9 388 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 Plus
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
10 971 1858 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 Plus
12 68 1 England
16 May 2007 5:03PM
That's a bit extreme Pamela... Lol..

Thanks for your kind words.

16 May 2007 5:15PM
Simply stunning!!...Geordie
A Booth Plus
14 11 4 United Kingdom
16 May 2007 5:24PM
excellent - timing and composition.
proberts Plus
12 218 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
13 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 Plus
10 29 Malta
16 May 2007 6:44PM
Superbly timed !!
crackin shot well taken
csurry Plus
14 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
16 May 2007 8:42PM
Great Image, well done! Can we have one sat on a Superbike next please
excellent timing and capture,congrats on the EC
Chriscj Plus
10 96 1 England
16 May 2007 8:51PM
Awesome capture. Beautifully timed, congrats on your EC too.

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

POTW as well, I reckon.
16 May 2007 10:30PM
That is an amazing shot. WOW WOW and WOW again.
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.
17 May 2007 4:57AM
Superb photo, a rare shot, one to be proud of.

_Helena_ Plus
9 596 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 Plus
11 6.4k 15 United Kingdom
17 May 2007 7:24AM
My heartiest congratulations on a shot in a million

17 May 2007 3:10PM
Brilliant picture well done .
17 May 2007 4:28PM
Cracking shot just brilliant well done.

NatalieKinnear 9 280 8
17 May 2007 5:04PM
Excellent, I agree with tomcat, this is a shot in a million. Well done.

17 May 2007 5:50PM
A++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ award to add to your EC and RC.

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

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

Jaye Plus
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 Plus
10 564
18 May 2007 8:52PM
Stunning. Can not think of anything else to say..

Well deserved EC
phillips Plus
10 69 2 Scotland
19 May 2007 7:52AM
Looks like a once in a lifetime one to me.
Well done.
Marian Plus
11 62 England
19 May 2007 8:40AM
I would have been so EXCITED if this was my image, it's wonderful. Marian
Ridgeway Plus
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.
20 May 2007 12:26PM
WOW! Excellent capture,superb timing
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 Plus
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 Plus
12 218 4 Wales
21 May 2007 2:42PM
Congrats on POTW Tony.Well done :0)
EeeZeeLee Plus
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 Plus
12 68 1 England
21 May 2007 4:55PM
Thanks everyone.. Smile

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

Outstanding image

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

MikeRC Plus
11 3.6k United Kingdom
21 May 2007 9:31PM
"EC"and "Photo of the week" must be well pleased.
Excellent shot.......Mike
sparklep Plus
9 146 1
21 May 2007 10:45PM
dathersmith Plus
9 552 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 Plus
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 Plus
11 495 4 England
22 May 2007 1:03PM
simply stunning photography
It's all been said. Great shot well done.
leeg Plus
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!!
Ubelievable shot, I am so jealous!. Congrats on the awards.
23 May 2007 3:40PM
You nailed it alright. Excellent!
23 May 2007 7:35PM
I take my hat of to you, superb.

Dave H
23 May 2007 11:35PM
24 May 2007 10:14AM
cant add anything to what has already been said.

simply outstanding
24 May 2007 11:14AM
Top shot.......................
adderman Plus
10 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 Plus
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.
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
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!
Talk about capturing the moment you have here my lad what a shot.
25 May 2007 9:43AM
Well deserved of the response it's had....INCREDIBLE !!!!!!!!
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 Plus
12 19 United Kingdom
26 May 2007 8:03AM
Well deserved POTW, excellent shot.

Ann Smile
looboss Plus
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 Plus
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 Plus
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 Plus
12 697 5 Scotland
31 May 2007 8:49PM
Sorry I missed this first time around.
Stunning, stunning, stunning!!!
2 Jun 2007 3:20PM
wow wow wow!!!
barnowl Plus
11 697
2 Jun 2007 11:03PM
Fantatic image Tony. One of your best and there have been a lot of them.
Just Brilliant. Rich
Wow.... good pic Tony Tongue
Simply wonderful.
8 Jun 2007 12:07PM
Amazing shot! The timing is unbelievable. The details are superb. Magic!
Congratulations! // Benjamin
Dave87 Plus
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 Plus
10 238 6 Wales
22 Jun 2007 12:40PM
Great Image well takenSmile


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 Plus
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*
29 Jul 2007 10:33PM

27 Aug 2007 7:29PM
What can i say that has'nt already said!
Gobsmacking!!!! a shot that ll wildlife photographers dream of getting.
27 Sep 2007 9:47AM
11 Oct 2007 6:10PM
What a fantastic shot. Well done.
23 Oct 2007 4:24AM
Simply wonderful. I wish I had a shot like this in my portfolio. Smile
awesome capture.
Stunning shot.
3 Jan 2008 10:33AM
Jaw-droppingly good. Well deserving of all the attention!
Cheers, Jon
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++++
5 May 2008 10:27AM
What a picture!!! The best capture of a Kingfisher Ive seen. Envious
Paddy Plus
14 254 8 England
26 May 2008 4:05PM
this is brillian, your portfolio is a real delight SmileP
27 Jun 2008 8:45PM
A heart stopper or is it a ball breaker..I'm gutted..just love this shot must be one of the best shots ive seen in my 3-4 yrs on EPZ
Absolutely amazing
15 Jul 2008 8:54AM
What a capture!
16 Aug 2008 10:22AM
To these magnificent heights do I aspire. You lead the way. Fantastic shot. Congrats.
BrianSS Plus
10 384 38 England
9 Sep 2008 10:22PM
Well . . . . . what can else can you say about this absolutely superb image.
Wilmot Plus
8 338 1 United Kingdom
26 Nov 2008 6:20PM
15 Dec 2008 1:42PM
Explosive is all that i can think of that hasnt already been said. A great achievement, congratulations.
Leightonhs Plus
10 155 1
2 Feb 2009 3:25PM
This is one of them rare shots. I'd be immensely proud of capturing such a scene. Very well done *hats off*

Absolutely a superb capture.
Amazing timing.