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By Maiwand
Kingfisher ( alcedo athis )
Another shot of the lovely plumaged Kingfisher. Same perch I'm afraid but at least he gives us the chance to see the superb feathering on the back.
V2 is a Sedge Warbler ( acrocephalus schoenobaenus )
I had been sat for quite a while waiting for the Kingfisher to appear. On this occasion it did not. I was intrigued however by a lot of movement in the reeds opposite and switched my attentiom to see what would show itself. The end result is no great shakes from a photographic viewpoint but I did manage to catch this little devil giving me a very cautious look from deep within the reeds. Thought you might like to have a laught at it.Grin

As always I am most grateful for the c/c's on the Blue Morpho. Perhaps I should try it more often.

Tags: Wildlife and nature KingfisherandWarblerandBirdsand Water

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Daisymaye Plus
13 23 19 Canada
28 Aug 2011 4:56PM
V1 is very beautiful. V2 is amazing that you got so much clarity in the bird and the grasses. Both excellent captures Ron..........Sandy
KBan 16 512 4 United Kingdom
28 Aug 2011 4:57PM
Cracking kingy Ron !

timjnngs 14 3 United Kingdom
28 Aug 2011 5:12PM
This has to be V1 for me, this has great detail in this image.

Shroomer 14 14 167 England
28 Aug 2011 5:25PM
Has to be V2 on this Ron.
V1 many congratulations for getting this elusive character again.
V2 I like the natural framing through the reeds and detail.
Its a Reed Warbler though not a Sedge.
taggart Plus
17 47 14 United States
28 Aug 2011 5:35PM
V1 has extraordinary color rendition-- very impressive against the blue bg! v2 is just plain dear!
SteveMoulding 12 3 7 United Kingdom
28 Aug 2011 5:54PM
A beautiful pair of shots, Ron. I'd love to get this close to a KF. Lovely colour and light.
CarolG 14 199 20 Greece
28 Aug 2011 6:03PM
Two crackers, Ron, superb colour and detail in V.1. Love the cheeky expression in V.2 Smile Carol
barbarahirst 13 27 12 United Kingdom
28 Aug 2011 6:06PM
V2 is soooo vey cute ... gets my vote just cos its sunday Smile
28 Aug 2011 6:25PM
V1 for me Ron, but i know how it is with sedge and reed warblers you just have to try and get a shot.
Dilys 10 United Kingdom
28 Aug 2011 6:43PM
2 Excellent shots......V2 is so cute
franken Plus
19 5.3k 4 United Kingdom
28 Aug 2011 6:51PM

Quote:V1 is very beautiful. V2 is amazing that you got so much clarity in the bird and the grasses. Both excellent captures Ron..........Sandy

I agree Ron.

Glostopcat 15 255 2 England
28 Aug 2011 7:26PM
Two fine images Ron, v1 is a classic shot of the kingfisher and v2 a splendidly entertaining image for what the Woolybill's term a "Silly Sunday"
annettep38 10 220 42 Luxembourg
28 Aug 2011 7:26PM
two stunning shots. both perfectly sharp.
I love no 2 best, because of the top composition. it is so well set, the pose of the warbler watching and assessing you from his hide is fantastic!
EMJAYCEE 12 10 10 England
28 Aug 2011 7:29PM
Two excellent shots but the way you have managed to get the warbler so nicely framed is adorable.
bricurtis Plus
16 2.5k 51 England
28 Aug 2011 7:32PM
Two fine images Ron. Rather like V2 it's different and well taken through those reeds.
pluckyfilly 15 351 33 United Kingdom
28 Aug 2011 7:48PM
missed first again damn itWink superb shot Ron
Tynnwrlluniau Plus
11 112 39 Wales
28 Aug 2011 8:09PM
Both superb in different ways. The colour and clarity of your KF image is superb and the narrative value of the Reed Warbler shot is great too.
pamelajean Plus
15 1.6k 2238 United Kingdom
28 Aug 2011 8:13PM
As darling as the little warbler is, it's the kingfisher that floats my boat and deserves my UA.
janty66 14 3 England
28 Aug 2011 8:24PM
2 superb shots...
TerryMcK 12 72 2 United Kingdom
28 Aug 2011 8:24PM
Superb Kingfisher shot, Ron. And a good candid shot of the Warbler, too.
28 Aug 2011 8:40PM
Love it Ron Wink
Maiwand 14 3 73 England
28 Aug 2011 8:46PM
Thank you all so very much and particular thanks to Pamelajean ( Pam ) for the UA. Most grateful.
jasonrwl Plus
11 1.1k 11 United Kingdom
28 Aug 2011 9:29PM
Two superb shots Ron - well done.
Gezina 15 3 6 United Kingdom
28 Aug 2011 11:55PM
De-light-ful colours Ron the light in the Kingfisher shot is glorious and well done on bagging the reed warbler as well - Ina
andylea 13 37 1 United Kingdom
29 Aug 2011 12:20AM
two brilliant detailed captures ron v1 just nicks it for me today nice one Wink
29 Aug 2011 3:02AM
Two super shots Ron - love V1

NeilWigan Plus
11 17 16 England
29 Aug 2011 9:11AM
great focusing on v2 and spot on eyes ,v1 doesnt look too happy but well caught .
29 Aug 2011 10:10AM
Hi Ron will only echo what the boss said, 2 cracking captures, regards gray.
29 Aug 2011 3:37PM
Two excellent shots Ron, love the colours. I saw a Sedge Warbler recently in Blakeney, North Norfolk, had never seen one before, in fact a passer by had to tell me what it was, they are so tiny. My photos are not a patch on yours.

Louise_Morris 11 2.5k England
29 Aug 2011 6:22PM
Two super shots Ron - love V2 as its much better than the ones I don't get!! Tongue They really are elusive. V1 is a beauty. Lou
Brian65 12 2 United Kingdom
29 Aug 2011 7:38PM
Love this kingfisher shot Ron, nearly as good as mine Ha Ha!Wink Ill soon catch you up mateSmileTongue
FeatherFriend 13 38 217 England
29 Aug 2011 8:28PM
Both great shots Ron but V2 has that that something special for me, cracking detail in both,
Joline Plus
15 37 59 United States
30 Aug 2011 12:14PM
V2 is a show stopper....what a gem.
lonely_oryx 14 61 55 England
30 Aug 2011 3:46PM
Well composed
LexEquine 15 1 19 United States
30 Aug 2011 7:12PM
'Offline for a few Days(Hurricane).' Sad

'v1 is a 'stellar {A++++} Kingfisher image,' v2 is 'very excellent,' in its own right, Ron. Good Show,...Mate~

Ciao~ Peter Wink
GraceC 18 83 5 United Kingdom
30 Aug 2011 7:43PM
Both awesome shots which we have come to expect from you Ron. Love them both but the Kingfisher takes the prize on all occasions for me.
goso 15 2 1 Australia
31 Aug 2011 5:35AM
Great work Ron - both top shots, but #2 is a curler ! ...Bill
Alan_Coles 15 178 11 Wales
31 Aug 2011 1:24PM
Two crackers Ron.

We all have birds we don't see and you have a pair here I would love to get in my collection!!
acousticmist 11 10 1 United Kingdom
31 Aug 2011 5:29PM
Two lovely shots Ron, detail in V1 is beautiful.........................Martin
dawnmichelle 14 12 United States
2 Sep 2011 1:26PM
2 wonderful shots..great timing on V2
Rachel99 12 1 2 United Kingdom
2 Sep 2011 8:05PM
Both brilliant. I am totally jealous - could only dream of getting a couple of shots like this.
PaulLiley 12 2 13 United Kingdom
3 Sep 2011 1:47PM
two great captures of illusive birds Ron. paul

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