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Crete Kingfisher

By fishiee
A bird for a change!

One big suprise in Crete was the number of kingfishers. They were virtually everywhere we went on the coast, and sometimes we'd see two or three together. I understand they migrate over from the continent for the winter. I never realised they could travel that far over water!

Slightly dodgy walking about with a 400mm telephoto lense with all the sunbathers on the beach, but the result was this shot from about 10m away. Never managed to get this close to one with a camera in my hand before. It's a pity it's not sitting on a reed by a river - it's sitting on a wall looking for fish in the sea , but I was quite chuffed none the less Smile I also never realised they fed in salt water!

Tags: Wildlife and nature

Voters: M_squared, Mike_Young, HELANA and 16 more

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4 Nov 2011 11:14PM
Amazing capture!

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rontear Plus
15 8 8 England
5 Nov 2011 12:09AM
Adaptable Kingfishers, they feed here in Britain also on the coast when Rivers are in flood or lakes frozen. Excellent image.
Chinga Plus
7 3 1 United Kingdom
5 Nov 2011 12:10AM
Fantastic focus in your image... Very good. IB
Daisymaye Plus
9 23 16 Canada
5 Nov 2011 1:27AM
A lovely image, great dof.....Sandy
5 Nov 2011 5:52AM
Fine capture and interesting write up. A
CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
5 Nov 2011 5:59AM
A belter, John, they seem to favour the side of the island you were on, I have only ever seen one here in the West, and that was at a great distance awaySad Carol
FeatherFriend 10 38 217 England
5 Nov 2011 12:14PM
That;s a corker John, superb detail, I love it and it makes a refreshing change to see that they are not always sitting on a pretty perch Wink
5 Nov 2011 7:32PM
A stunner!
samiah 6
18 Apr 2012 1:34PM
wooow BeautifulGrin

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