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By justin c
I've noticed quite a lot of excellent Kingfisher images recently.I hope you don't mind one more.
Taken a couple of weeks ago on a local river,after setting up a perch and portable hide the night before.

Tags: Wildlife and nature

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19 Oct 2004 12:13PM
Outstanding. K.
clarkycat 18 89
19 Oct 2004 12:13PM
AMAZING! Brilliantly sharp. Never get sick of these beauties.

Well done.

naturenut 19 1.8k England
19 Oct 2004 12:14PM
Absolutely stunning, well done. EC I reckon ;o)
jonc 18 7
19 Oct 2004 12:15PM
nothing wrong with more. Especially an excellent shot like this.
ardbeg77 Plus
18 1.3k 7 United Kingdom
19 Oct 2004 12:15PM
The sharpness and colour of this are superb. And the composition, with the twig on the diagonal really works...excellent work.
p-g 18 126 United Kingdom
19 Oct 2004 12:15PM
How could we mind this!
park my ferret 18 1.0k United Kingdom
19 Oct 2004 12:16PM
great shot
davidbailie 19 457 7 United Kingdom
19 Oct 2004 12:17PM
Lovely - class

johnjohn01 20 58 England
19 Oct 2004 12:17PM
Beautiful colour. Sharpness is good also.
lobsterboy Plus
18 15.0k 13 United Kingdom
19 Oct 2004 12:17PM
Supurb shot. clcik.
pfheyes 18 254 1 United Kingdom
19 Oct 2004 12:18PM
Absolutely superb. Pin sharp, perfect DOF and colour.

jasonewell 17 34 United Kingdom
19 Oct 2004 12:20PM
Lovely work, great colours.
carlosd 17 13
19 Oct 2004 12:20PM
Nice and sharp capture - beautiful birds !

paulsteds 18 123 England
19 Oct 2004 12:21PM
Absolutely beautiful.
novocastria 18 102
19 Oct 2004 12:25PM
Superb shot, Justin - very well done.
synaesthesia 18 389 England
19 Oct 2004 12:26PM
Whoa. Thats pin sharp and excellently composed.
A winner.
John_Duckett 18 386 2 Norfolk Island
19 Oct 2004 12:28PM
Amazingly sharo and great colour. Love the background. Great DOF and composition.

eddieali1961 18 97 United Kingdom
19 Oct 2004 12:28PM
Brilliant shot and brilliant colours.
justin c 18 5.2k 36 England
19 Oct 2004 12:29PM
Thanks everyone for your comments,they are very much appreciated.

It was a current topic in the forum here:
that gave me the idea to post this one,as I got off to a bit of a blundering start whilst getting this shot.
billma 18 119 United States
19 Oct 2004 12:32PM
Exquisite photograph. Pin sharp, fine composition and beautiful colors. Couldn't be better.

Kris_Dutson 19 8.2k 1 England
19 Oct 2004 12:33PM
Spot on colour, detail and DOF.
dark_lord Plus
18 2.9k 824 England
19 Oct 2004 12:42PM
Great shot.
rosie42 18 7 Australia
19 Oct 2004 12:47PM
Really love this - a quality capture, well done! Gorgeous clarity, lovely colours, stunning detail, great use of DOF and a very pleasing composition. An extra big *click* from me!
Susie :o)
Pete 21 18.8k 97 England
19 Oct 2004 12:51PM
I did say I wasn't going to give another Kingfisher an EC but this is first class. The background gradient is superb and the colours vibrant. I like the balance of everything too.
keithh 18 25.8k 33 Wallis And Futuna
19 Oct 2004 12:52PM
is this the best's a close run thing and of course with the sharpness of the lens at quality shot.
simons 17 13
19 Oct 2004 12:53PM
fantastic photo, lovely colours
User_Removed 18 17.9k 8 Norway
19 Oct 2004 12:53PM
Pete says it all. This is a beautifully executed capture.


duncs 18 28
19 Oct 2004 12:59PM
For me this is the best one of a truly great set of kingfisher uploads
Truly amazing
Well done on E.C. !
justin c 18 5.2k 36 England
19 Oct 2004 1:01PM
Thank you everyone for your kind comments and thank you very much to Pete for commenting and also for the EC which is a very nice suprise indeed.Thank you.
stevenj 19 2.0k England
19 Oct 2004 1:10PM
Quite possibly the most stunning shot of a kingfisher I have ever seen. A real credit to you Justin. The background, lighting, composition, sharpness, saturation - everything is fantastic. And as Keith says, the sharpness at the 400 end of this lens is obviously superb!
mikears 18 89 Canada
19 Oct 2004 1:17PM
Nice clear image with an excellent DOF - worthy of the EC.

Congrats and Click
stevebutler 17 122 England
19 Oct 2004 1:24PM
Absolutely stunning. The sharpness and colours are astounding. I agree with stevenj, it is definetely one of the best I have seen. Congrats on the EC - Well deserved.

Steve B!
naturenut 19 1.8k England
19 Oct 2004 1:27PM
Congratulations, I knew Pete would like it ;o)
User_Removed 19 268
19 Oct 2004 1:30PM
Very large click. Crisp and simple composition works well. Ali.
Paulbee 18 51 United Kingdom
19 Oct 2004 1:31PM
What a brilliantly sharp photo.
billydo 19 79 United Kingdom
19 Oct 2004 1:34PM
Just superb. Very well taken.
StevenHanna 19 296 United Kingdom
19 Oct 2004 1:39PM
Amazing detail. Great shot, and well deserved EC.
-big click-
brian1208 19 11.8k 12 United Kingdom
19 Oct 2004 2:00PM
Excellent work Justin - I see Pete agrees, well done Smile

ashley 18 167 1 United Kingdom
19 Oct 2004 2:00PM
great shot,lovely rich colours, stunning detail, great use of DOF

well done
UserHasLeft 19 654
19 Oct 2004 2:48PM
Holy cow, this is just an extraordinarily good photograph. I had a quick glance at your portfolio. The extreme clarity of your pictures is phenomenal. Very well done to you, Justin Smile
alzeepark 18 81 United Kingdom
19 Oct 2004 2:51PM
Excellent wildlife shot, a beautiful photo.
Alan :0)
shidee 17 9
19 Oct 2004 2:54PM
Excellent work. well done..

webbo 18 19 United Kingdom
19 Oct 2004 3:04PM
You can keep putting shots like this up all day long, in my opinion its the best one of all the kingfishers to date
Andy_M 17
19 Oct 2004 3:28PM
Stunning image. Congrats on EC


geoffash26 18 2.5k United Kingdom
19 Oct 2004 3:35PM
Stunning and congrats
Miles Herbert 20 1.9k 4 United Kingdom
19 Oct 2004 3:40PM
Stunning... excellent image.

click click click
Denise 20 279
19 Oct 2004 3:42PM
Justin, what a cracking image. The colours and eye catchlight make this special for me.
justin c 18 5.2k 36 England
19 Oct 2004 3:56PM
Thanks again everyone for commenting.
Your words are always very much appreciated.Thank you.
mr g 18 403 3 United Kingdom
19 Oct 2004 3:58PM
Top shot and well worth the time spent waiting in the hide. Great colours and composition.
vince 18 48 United Kingdom
19 Oct 2004 4:01PM
WOW!!!!! What and excellent shot congratulations on the EC


Vince Smile

As you guessed I like it.
Terry L 18 609 5 England
19 Oct 2004 4:49PM
A real beauty of a shot Justin, well worth all the grief you went through to get it.

zippie 18 1.3k England
19 Oct 2004 4:50PM
This is the best so far....simply stunning Justin..

19 Oct 2004 5:08PM
Click number 50 from Stinky
Superb shot.
shane 18 7 United Kingdom
19 Oct 2004 5:17PM
Totally and utterlly STUNNING

This is without doubt the best of the bunch

Well deserved EC

inkarts 18 61 2
19 Oct 2004 5:26PM
Super image. john
sarjos 17
19 Oct 2004 5:35PM
Great shot! - "click"

Yogendra Plus
18 22 1 United Kingdom
19 Oct 2004 5:49PM
Excellent shot, great DOF, wonderful colour & detail, Congratulations on a EC Award, Superb.

webjam 17 292 11 Netherlands
19 Oct 2004 6:03PM
Congratulations on the EC! You really deserves this. The picture is wonderful, such a beautiful pose of the bird, the colours are so sparkling and the DOF is perfect!
IanA 18 3.0k 12 England
19 Oct 2004 6:10PM
Good work and a well deserved reward.

Ian (clicked)
jasonewell 17 34 United Kingdom
19 Oct 2004 6:15PM
I "clicked" this one at work.
Now I am home I can have had a second look on a better monitor.
WOW!! What colour, clarity and detail.
Stunning work.
justin c 18 5.2k 36 England
19 Oct 2004 6:17PM
I'm quite overwhelmed by the great response.
Thank you for all your kind comments.I appreciate them very much.Thanks.

db10 18
19 Oct 2004 6:47PM
It's all been said, excellent shot, well deserves the EC
tull 19 181 United Kingdom
19 Oct 2004 7:08PM
Wow,what an amazing shot,so sharp and colourful,a well deserved EC.

Greyheron 20 282 7 England
19 Oct 2004 7:14PM
I'm blown away Justin, superb nature photography...& what a delightful story behind it too. A worthy EC for sure!!!!

klewis 18 1.9k 1 United Kingdom
19 Oct 2004 7:25PM
Vibrant, sharp and bloody awesome (excuse my french)

Canon will be deluged with orders for this zooms lens with images this good from
Shane136 19 63 United Kingdom
19 Oct 2004 7:52PM
Fab image, well done on the EC
davefolky 18 5 United Kingdom
19 Oct 2004 8:02PM
Stunning shot, well taken.

fishiee 18 478 3 United Kingdom
19 Oct 2004 8:29PM

That's the best kingfisher shot I've seen on this site, and that says a lot as there's a few stunners on here!

Simply incredible colours and great sharpness!

Well deserves the EC!!
cambirder 18 7.2k England
19 Oct 2004 8:41PM
Hi Justin,

This is one of the best bird shots I've seen on this site. You have obviously got pretty close to the bird to give that super background, which makes the bird really jump out of the pic. Did you use one of those portable hides that are on sale in the EP shop, or have you made your own set-up?


PS any chance of viewing a Hi-def version of this shot?
tully 17 43 United Kingdom
19 Oct 2004 8:54PM
Pure Magic. Congrats!
bassan 19 15
19 Oct 2004 8:57PM
All been said. Congrats. clk
justin c 18 5.2k 36 England
19 Oct 2004 9:11PM
Thank you to everyone for all your comments,
they are really kind and VERY much appreciated.

Thanks for your kind words.
I did indeed use a portable hide,it was the Jamie Woods Fensman model.I set it up around midnight the night prior to shooting and entered it at 5.30-6.00am the following morning,while it was still dark,so the bird wouldn't see me going in.
It was positioned approximately 8-8.5 feet from the perch.
talltrees 18 50 United Kingdom
19 Oct 2004 9:18PM
WOW...can't wait till my 100-400 arrives!!
KathyW 18 1.8k 12 Norfolk Island
19 Oct 2004 9:29PM
Wow!!! All been said, VERY well done!
MartinWait 18 95 United Kingdom
19 Oct 2004 10:15PM
Quite stunning!

dtomo68 18 9 United Kingdom
19 Oct 2004 10:19PM
Brilliant!!!!! well done

cambirder 18 7.2k England
19 Oct 2004 11:12PM
Thanks Justin, I've been looking to buy one for some time. The secret of getting cracking wild bird shots is not a gigantic lens but to get as close as possible, even if it does mean setting up the day before and getting ready at the crack of dawn.
eafy 18 9 Australia
20 Oct 2004 8:39AM
Superb, one of the better ones
dave knowles 18 43 United Kingdom
20 Oct 2004 8:40AM
Magic shot brilliant!
Congratulations on the EC well deserved
cathal 17 492 4 United Kingdom
20 Oct 2004 11:15AM
As good a shot of a Kingfisher as you're likely to get! Click!
ronr 18 3 United Kingdom
20 Oct 2004 7:22PM
80 Clicks says it all, a simply superb shot. Congrats on the EC.
pierre 18 62 United Kingdom
21 Oct 2004 7:00AM
justin c 18 5.2k 36 England
21 Oct 2004 11:16AM
Thanks folks for taking the time to leave a comment,I appreciate it very much.Thank you.

User_Removed 18 1.4k United Kingdom
22 Oct 2004 8:55PM
Nice shot of a chicken that is Justin ;o)

Great work mate and a very well done, just read the thread and all the troubles you had was well worth this shot!!

Craig ☺
22 Oct 2004 8:57PM
I'm totally green with envy. Simply stunning. Be very proud.

jage 19 2 Wales
24 Oct 2004 11:16AM

trudi 17
24 Oct 2004 2:59PM
Superb shot.
ericfaragh Plus
18 149 6 United Kingdom
24 Oct 2004 5:53PM
Top class, excellent clarity and colour. Well done and congrats on the EC.
onewildworld 20 696 4 United Kingdom
25 Oct 2004 1:22PM
That is REALLY good Justin. The colours and saturation are spot on and the composition perfect.

simon10d 18 131
25 Oct 2004 2:12PM
Hi justin, stunning image!!
Are you sure your names not Andy Rouse??
justin c 18 5.2k 36 England
25 Oct 2004 7:38PM
Thanks everyone for your kind comments,I really appreciate them.

Hi,Definately not,I'm most definately not brave enough to lie in front of African elephants. Smile I draw the line at kittens.
old timer 18 55 1 Scotland
25 Oct 2004 9:43PM
This one seems to have slipped by me! Just superb - one of the best kingfisher shots I've ever seen.
steve neil 18 597 Australia
26 Oct 2004 11:03PM
It slipped me too! Simply fantastic and congrats Smile
justin c 18 5.2k 36 England
13 Nov 2004 11:50AM
Thanks Jim and Steven.
DenisG 19 11 England
9 Dec 2004 6:46AM
Must surely be the photograph every photographer wants to take. Absolutely stunning.

kevan 20 447
23 Dec 2004 7:36AM
Super composition and spot on exposure. Although kingfishers are often photographed (not by me though :-( ) this is an excellent example and one of the best I've seen.
justin c 18 5.2k 36 England
1 Jan 2005 4:41PM
Thanks Denis and Kevan.
ngeeves 19 118 United Kingdom
11 Jan 2005 1:13PM
Top shot it's all been said Smile

Well done

fujifan 17 1 United Kingdom
11 Feb 2005 11:24AM
Great shot. well done
Hawkgenes 17 10 United Kingdom
11 Feb 2005 12:08PM
Must be the shot of a lifetime. However did you get it?

justin c 18 5.2k 36 England
11 Feb 2005 2:10PM
Thanks Nick,Marina and John.

Had watched the bird on many occasions so had an idea of his favourite perches.
Set a new perch up and erected a portable hide the night before,under the cover of darkness.Got in the hide the following morning,again under the cover of darkness and waited.
17 Feb 2005 5:09AM
I don't know how I missed this one. Pin sharp again, great composition, and great colour.

justin c 18 5.2k 36 England
19 Feb 2005 2:53PM
Thanks Gavin.

Meg 17 393 United Kingdom
16 Apr 2005 5:12AM
Wow, beautiful, well done :o)
justin c 18 5.2k 36 England
10 Aug 2005 9:41AM
Thanks Meg.
jenquest 20 561 1 Tokelau
3 Sep 2005 6:19AM
Beautiful colour
justin c 18 5.2k 36 England
8 Oct 2005 1:35PM
Thanks for commenting.Much appreciated.
terry_cavner 17 332 United Kingdom
22 Dec 2005 7:57AM
justin c 18 5.2k 36 England
22 Dec 2005 8:00AM
Thanks Terry.
chinny 17 492 United Kingdom
22 Dec 2005 10:19PM
VintageRed 16 15 1 United Kingdom
6 Nov 2006 9:56AM
Tremendous image. NIck.
GeoffP 17 130 Portugal
11 Nov 2006 8:54AM
Hi Justin

Not bad
Not good
Not even very good
Just brilliant (-:

Please try not to take to many more this good will you I'll never sell any!

Geoff Simpson
justin c 18 5.2k 36 England
11 Nov 2006 10:10AM
Thanks Geoff,
Coming from someone such as yourself who has such a high standard of work and such an outstanding collection of images,I value your comments very highly.

Thanks also Chinny and Nick.
PatrickSmith 17 1.2k 2 United States
12 Nov 2006 6:02AM
Right up there with the very best. I'd like to see it at 100 pixels...

justin c 18 5.2k 36 England
12 Nov 2006 5:27PM
Thanks Patrick.
jonny250 16 60 Guernsey
13 Nov 2006 6:51PM
Superb image - having tried and failed to picture one of these I guys, I'm impressed!
justin c 18 5.2k 36 England
13 Nov 2006 7:54PM
Thanks John.
KBan 17 512 4 United Kingdom
14 Nov 2006 9:02PM
one of the best i've seen
Pegon 17 78 1 England
14 Nov 2006 9:33PM
This is a beauty.
justin c 18 5.2k 36 England
15 Nov 2006 3:34PM
Thanks Keith, thanks Pete.

30 Jun 2007 11:09PM
That is a fantastic photo Justin, I have a spot near where i fish where I see K.Fishers (only flash by) How long do they sit on the perch? As they seem to be a very industrious bird.
justin c 18 5.2k 36 England
1 Jul 2007 7:22AM
They will often investigate and use a new perch almost immediately after discovering one.
Once they find ideal perch they will often stay on it for several minutes at a time watching for fish below.
They'll tend to use the same perches on a very regular basis and are often active right from the crack of dawn untill dusk.
Hope this helps and thanks for your comment,much appreciated.

1 Jul 2007 10:42PM
Thanks for that Justin, I will try and get some photo's over the next few months and hopefully post something in the future.
13snaphappy Junior Member 15 1 England
13 Aug 2007 2:45PM
Absolutely superb. Wish it were mine!
Bigtoe 13 7 United Kingdom
11 Sep 2008 1:07PM
Absolutely stunning shot of a very elusive subject. vibrant and sharp.
justin c 18 5.2k 36 England
11 Sep 2008 7:11PM
Thank you.
sevenmalt 15 1 United Kingdom
8 Oct 2008 7:55PM
This is just perfect, excellent composition and Colour. Star quality
justin c 18 5.2k 36 England
11 Oct 2008 8:19AM
Thanks Darran.
NigelBlake 13 4 United Kingdom
18 Jan 2009 7:24PM
Super shot Justin!
justin c 18 5.2k 36 England
19 Jan 2009 12:05PM
Cheers Nigel.
21 Jan 2009 10:25AM
Amazingly beautiful, Justin. Love every delightful detail.
justin c 18 5.2k 36 England
21 Jan 2009 5:06PM
Thank you Mac.
sparrowhawk Plus
13 282 3 United Kingdom
28 Feb 2009 3:36PM
this is my ultimate dream shot ! wonderful stuff
justin c 18 5.2k 36 England
9 Apr 2009 10:59AM
Thank you.

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