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Kingfisher

By mikehit
This was taken in not very good weather (story of summer this year) which restricted what I could do with the settings.
I had waited for about 2 hours to see if this little guy would turn up, and when he did he was generous enough to perch on a brach lit by a shaft of morning sun coming through the trees. So I set the exposure using sunny f16 rule, knowing that the water would turn into a very dark backdrop. Unfortunately settings were 1/125 sec on ISO 800 with a 100-400 zoom at its max from about 30 feet so this is cropped heavily (about 10% of the frame).
Fortunately the bird had just made an abortive dive and returning to the branch so was not going particularly fast and the shutter speed blurred the wings nicely.

It ain't going to win any awards but as we rarely get to see the kingfishers this clearly, I am well happy with it.

Tags: Wildlife and nature

Voters: KTM112, RLF, andy210966 and 8 more


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KTM112 6 1 United Kingdom
9 Oct 2012 8:55AM
Cracking picture
Regards
Pez

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9 Oct 2012 9:07AM
Nice 1 and a great alternative to most shots!,,,regards Ian Smile
Hermanus 3 4 South Africa
9 Oct 2012 10:33AM
Your patience and perseverance was certainly richly rewarded ! Great action photo of a beautiful bird Smile
boony 9 978 3 United Kingdom
10 Dec 2012 4:30PM
Wow! I love pics like this, technically it's far from perfect but that doesn't matter one jot, you got the wing position just right - deserves a lot more votes and comments!!

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