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Male Kingfisher

By Lillian  
Was way too far away...but at least I got it!
I know it is soft...but a reference shot I like
just think if I had of used a tripodWink

again hand held and very high ISO as was trying to get in flight
V2 is..but just a grab shot so ...sorry
Taken at Wetlands Arundel yesterday

Thanks for all the comments on the in flight goose...appreciated

last one for the favourite bird

Happy New Year...and all you wish for yourselves


Tags: General Kingfisher Male Wildlife and nature

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31 Dec 2013 12:13AM
I think V1 is excellent Lillian, super composition and background and great detail in the kingfisher,

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mikbee 11 3 8 Scotland
31 Dec 2013 12:22AM
Still fine shots Lillian despite your misgivings !!
And a Happy New Year to you.
jacquig 4 3 United Kingdom
31 Dec 2013 12:24AM
I liike both, Lillian. The background works really well with the kingfisher in v1 and v2 is a great flight capture. Such a beautiful and characterful bird. Smile
gary_d 10 576 13 Wales
31 Dec 2013 12:27AM
I went down to Slimbridge yesterday with Ed ( Glostopcat ) and he said you were going to the wetlands, I was hoping you were going to Slimbridge too so I could have met you, Two good images Lillian, you can not always get close so have to crop in but at least you get the images that would otherwise be missed.

Regards. - gary
Chinga Plus
7 3 1 United Kingdom
31 Dec 2013 12:27AM
Fantastic captures Lillian!
Love V1 for the sharpness and V2 for the flight elegance!
Wishing you and your loved ones a very Happy New Year...
Mollycat Plus
4 11 2 United Kingdom
31 Dec 2013 12:44AM
Superb photography Lillian. V1 a work of art V2 excellent reflexes. GrinGrinGrin Peter
taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
31 Dec 2013 12:57AM
I love the picture in v1-- the bird in his environment--- and , of course, the in flight is masterful! Kudos!
LynneJoyce Plus
9 20 99 United Kingdom
31 Dec 2013 12:58AM
Not your sharpest shots but treasures nonetheless, love the comp in V1 and the fantastic inflight action in V2.
morpheus1955 11 3 2 United Kingdom
31 Dec 2013 1:42AM
Two fantastic shots Lillian. Happy New Year

ColleenA Plus
5 362 6 Australia
31 Dec 2013 4:36AM
Two stunning images Lillian....your bg is perfect. A Happy New Year to youGrin
31 Dec 2013 4:51AM
I think you did amazingly well to capture the Kingfisher in flight so well, Lillian - you must have the reflexes of a coiled spring..!
V1 is a lovely shot too, with a nice amount of distance around the bird. Superb colours..!

Hermanus 5 4 South Africa
31 Dec 2013 5:04AM
These are lovely Lillian - no reason to be apologetic !!
ddolfelin Plus
6 103 3 Wales
31 Dec 2013 5:05AM
Good pictures again, Lillian.
Happy New Year.
Bloody great shot!

Especially considering it was hand-held!

Just beautiful Smile

Why disable the voting??

It would've garnered quite a number of votes, methinks Smile
bobsblues 8 10 2 United Kingdom
31 Dec 2013 5:30AM
Great photography skills again Lillian both wonderful shots
CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
31 Dec 2013 6:44AM
Two fine captures, Lillian, and a very happy New Year to you. Carol
31 Dec 2013 6:52AM
WOW! that is all I can say. Your photography amazes me.

31 Dec 2013 7:07AM
Absolutely gorgeous Lillian. Love both shots but think V1 just grabs it for me, love the colours and background.
Happy new year to you and look forward to more of your wonderful wildlife images to inspire me in 2014 xx GrinGrin

SUE118 Plus
9 8 1 United Kingdom
31 Dec 2013 7:15AM
Wow you did well and I love the one in flight.Smile
31 Dec 2013 7:23AM
What. Superb image, Lillian, stunning.
Happy New Year!

barbarahirst 9 27 12 United Kingdom
31 Dec 2013 7:33AM
Two beauties
achieverswales 7 8 101 Wales
31 Dec 2013 7:41AM
Good capture Lillian.


31 Dec 2013 7:50AM
Great images. Well captured.
That body will handle much higher ISOs than that!
fentiger Plus
16 918 24 England
31 Dec 2013 8:14AM
Beautifully composed Lillian.
Very best wishes for 2014.

31 Dec 2013 8:18AM
Still a cracking shot though Lillian! You take care and a Happy New Year to you too. Lou
NDODS 7 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
31 Dec 2013 8:19AM
Here's wishing you and your family a very happy and healthy New New. Keep on taking and posting such great images Lillian.

We shall have to meet up in the new year.

Regards as always Nathan GrinGrinGrin
User_Removed 13 386 2 United Kingdom
31 Dec 2013 8:40AM
Both are excellent, Happy New Year Lillian. 😃🎉🎊😃
Myathebirdwatcher999 Junior Member 5 8 United Kingdom
31 Dec 2013 8:44AM
Two great shots!
Happy new year!

Caziwinkles 5 3 1 United Kingdom
31 Dec 2013 9:06AM
Fabulous Lillian - your timing is spot on - your photography skills at their best again.
Happy New Year to you - hoping 2014 brings you all that you wish for. Smile

netta1234 6 382 2 Wales
31 Dec 2013 9:09AM
Both are great ,I would love to say that they were mine.Smile
Happy New Year LillianSmile
31 Dec 2013 9:13AM
Super comp' in V1 Lillian, and brilliant timing in V2.
I never use a Tripod, so I know what you're up against here Smile Hold your breath, freeze your Body and shot ! (And hope for the best) Wink

John Smile
Maiwand 11 3 73 England
31 Dec 2013 9:15AM
Very ambitious to try this hand held with that lens Lillian. Excellent record however.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
NaturesHaven 6 283 6 England
31 Dec 2013 9:16AM
Like the background and colours.............GrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
31 Dec 2013 9:33AM
magnificent! hope 2014 is a good year for you! you deserve it
franken Plus
15 4.6k 4 United Kingdom
31 Dec 2013 9:50AM
Beautiful image.

Best wishes for the New Year.

tomcat 12 6.4k 15 United Kingdom
31 Dec 2013 9:52AM
Don't be apologising LillianSad

V2 is more than what most folks achieve, unless they are doing set-up shotsWink

Happy New Year

31 Dec 2013 10:04AM
Two excellent captures Lillian as always.
Best wishes for a Happy New Year.
AnnJ Plus
6 5 Scotland
31 Dec 2013 10:39AM
Still an amazing shot in lovely light Lillian. all the very best for 2014. Ann.
Mike_Young Plus
11 12 9 United Kingdom
31 Dec 2013 10:57AM
Great stuff Lillian, our paths must have nearly crossed, I was at Arundel yesterday
9 10 10 England
31 Dec 2013 11:11AM
Congratulations on this super capture Lillian and my very Best Wishes for 2014.
Nikonuser1 Plus
5 152 16 United Kingdom
31 Dec 2013 11:57AM
2 Super captures Lillian, a Happy New Year to you and your familySmile

Irishkate Plus
7 41 114 United Kingdom
31 Dec 2013 12:03PM
A lovely Kingfisher image simply because of the fine perch and good b/g.
Good in flight image also.
Happy New year to you Lillian.
Kate GrinGrinGrin
rayme330 6 17 1 United Kingdom
31 Dec 2013 1:07PM
Two super Kingfisher shots, Lillian.

Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
31 Dec 2013 1:40PM
Two grand shots Lillian, v2 is a wonderful opportunistic capture and is something most of us would have missed as they are lightning quick when in flight. Most of the time you only see a flash of bright blue and then they are gone! I did tell Gary that it was Arundel WWT you were visiting, it must have slipped his mind in his excitement!Grin All the best to you in 2014 and I look forward to lots more of your images of birds and beasts both captive and wild.
two stunning captures here Lillian,well done indeed,happy new year.ray
TrevBatWCC Plus
9 12 12 England
31 Dec 2013 3:26PM
Two beautiful captures, Lillian, but do like V2 with the kingfisher in flight Smile
A very Happy New Year to you too Wink
Trev Smile
31 Dec 2013 4:04PM
Congratulations Lillian, excellent work to capture V2. V1 is a beauty too.
Happy New Year and speak soon.
Trev_B 11 151 68 England
31 Dec 2013 4:14PM
Two wonderful Kingfisher images Lillian, Love the space in V1, works extremely well.

Happy New Year to you.

two stunning shots lillan, have a happy new year. christineGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
Niknut Plus
8 1.8k 76 United Kingdom
31 Dec 2013 4:32PM
Fine shots indeed !!!!! wishes for the New Year !!Smile
JuBarney 6 26 3 United Kingdom
31 Dec 2013 4:59PM
A really beautiful shot in V1 with wonderful colour and V2 was a terrific grab shot.
Happy New Year

(No phone again today!)
AnnChown Plus
8 207 1 United Kingdom
31 Dec 2013 6:08PM
He stands out well against that lovely background Lillian! I hope 2014 is good to you.
31 Dec 2013 6:35PM
Fabulous captures, Lillian, as always!
All the best to you and your family for the new year 2014!
dark_lord Plus
14 2.1k 538 England
31 Dec 2013 7:36PM
Both great shots.
V2 is particulalrly impressive as in flight shots are hard to do well. Just need lightening a bit as it's on the dark side Smile
pks 14 2 England
31 Dec 2013 9:30PM
like them both and a happy new year to you

Mike_Smith Plus
10 487 1 United Kingdom
31 Dec 2013 10:32PM
Beautiful this Lillian, and V2 inflight amazing. Happy New Year to you and your family
31 Dec 2013 10:47PM
Lovely shots Lillian especially V2. Happy New Year to you too. Cathy
AlanWillis 8 67 England
31 Dec 2013 11:47PM
V1: Great natural kingfisher photograph,Super perch and background.
V2 Very good attempt of a In-flight kingfisher shot, Very few photographers would even try a capture this difficult task.
Wetlands Arundel is quite a difficult place to photograph kingfishers,because you are in control of the environment.
1 Jan 2014 10:02AM
Fabulous shots Lillian ! All the very best for 2014!gill
CHRISB911 12 54 1
1 Jan 2014 5:11PM
positioned to perfection in the frame lillian, stunning capture, happy new year
User_Removed 5 4 1 United Kingdom
2 Jan 2014 10:40AM
Great detail Lillian

Hopefully I will have internet back soon. Bob
User_Removed 5 4 1 United Kingdom
2 Jan 2014 10:41AM
stunning action shot........ V2
annettep38 Plus
6 218 40 Costa Rica
3 Jan 2014 11:26PM
how he shines against that backgound bokeh.. beautiful!
tonyng 8 10 2 United Kingdom
4 Jan 2014 4:15PM
V1 is one of the most delightful KF images I have seen lately. Bravo Lillian.
Heffo1 7 Ireland
9 Jan 2014 11:52AM
2 fabulous shots. Ml.

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