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Mating Kingfishers

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

Tags: Spring Kingfishers Slimbridge Glos Wildfowl and wetlands trust Wildlife and nature

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Eastlands 5 760 4 Northern Ireland
7 Jun 2013 9:11AM
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 9 315 18 United Kingdom
7 Jun 2013 9:15AM
Everyone asks if I have been to Slimbridge for the I know why....Great record shot.

WhiteRose1 Plus
6 1.6k 148 England
7 Jun 2013 9:17AM
Well captured in flagrante, Ed.

RonnieAG Plus
6 153 116 Scotland
7 Jun 2013 9:19AM
I have never seen a kingfisher so must echo Eastlands' comments today, Ed: what a marvellous moment to have captured.
Hermanus 4 4 South Africa
7 Jun 2013 9:31AM
An excellent capture Ed !! Well doneGrin
mrswoolybill Plus
9 985 1499 United Kingdom
7 Jun 2013 10:43AM
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'.
Fefe Plus
4 23 31 United Kingdom
7 Jun 2013 10:50AM
I have never even seen one kingfisherTongue......... Lucky youGrin
LynneJoyce Plus
8 20 99 United Kingdom
7 Jun 2013 12:16PM
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.
7 Jun 2013 1:03PM
Well done ED. I've seen one whizzing past me but never seen one long enough to appreciate their beauty Grin

Daisymaye Plus
8 23 10 Canada
7 Jun 2013 1:11PM
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
achieverswales 6 8 101 Wales
7 Jun 2013 2:24PM
Seems they have come back to Slimbridge Ed, they were missing for a couple of years, they are playing leapfrog.


Nigeve1 Plus
3 1.4k 101 United Kingdom
7 Jun 2013 3:34PM
Great capture.
zapar40 6 66 5 Wales
7 Jun 2013 5:56PM
lovely shot Ed, they didn't show there face while i visited, let alone perform for me.nice one.
cantona43 Plus
11 924 4 England
7 Jun 2013 6:33PM
what a stunning well timed and coloured capture Ed, right place right time I hope you left them in peace lol
Irishkate Plus
6 38 100 United Kingdom
7 Jun 2013 7:06PM
The bird we all want to capture but to photograph two mating is amazing!.
7 10 10 England
7 Jun 2013 8:04PM
Absolutely amazing.
pamelajean Plus
10 969 1832 United Kingdom
7 Jun 2013 8:39PM
Congratulations on capturing the kingy action.
pluckyfilly Plus
10 351 33 United Kingdom
7 Jun 2013 8:50PM
Well done, every bodies dream
ali63 Plus
4 756 1 United Kingdom
7 Jun 2013 9:09PM
Well done ,

7 Jun 2013 9:35PM
Very well captured Ed, some excellent field craft required to obtain an image such as this.
Glostopcat 10 255 2 England
7 Jun 2013 10:11PM
Many thanks for all your comments and to Neil "Cantona43" for the user award it is greatly appreciated, Ed
Glostopcat 10 255 2 England
7 Jun 2013 10:14PM
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
7 Jun 2013 10:38PM
Lovely shot. They are on my wish list. Cathy
7 Jun 2013 11:25PM
A brilliant well timed capture Ed..Lin
8 Jun 2013 11:52AM
Excellent capture Ed, he has a glint in his eye,SmileSmileSmile

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