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Trials of being a Kingfisher

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  • Trials of being a Kingfisher

    It was bright and breezy at Strumpshaw Fen yesterday and I watched this Kingfisher perched on a post being buffeted by the wind. After about ten minutes it suddenly dived and returned with a long strand of weed, probably not what it intended! It sat there for several more minutes before suddenly diving again. This time it returned to its perch with a small fish. Success of sorts.

    It surprised me when it suddenly dived after being inactive for so long, so I didn't think of switching to shutter priority for a faster speed. I have great respect for people who can photograph these quick birds in action.

    E-M1 II, 300mm f4 and MC-14.


  • #2
    Re: Trials of being a Kingfisher

    Nice sequence and pictures.

    I agree with you regarding respect for people catching these wonderful birds in action, especially in flight shots.


    • #3
      Re: Trials of being a Kingfisher

      Nice, especially the action shot in the middle.
      Cameras: E-M5, E-PM2, OM40, OM4Ti
      Lenses (M.Zuiko Digital): 7-14mm/F2.8, 12-40mm/F2.8, 40-150mm/F2.8+TC1.4x, 12-50mm/F3.5-6.3, 14-42mm/F3.5-5.6 EZ, M.ZD 40-150 F4-5.6 R, 75-300mm/F4.8-6.7 Mk1, 12mm/F2, 17mm/F1.8
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      • #4
        Re: Trials of being a Kingfisher

        Great set Ron, they are lovely birds. Mine are usually very quickly on the move……...
        Mark Johnson

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        • #5
          Re: Trials of being a Kingfisher

          Many thanks for your kind comments Keith, OM and Mark and for all your 'likes'.

          When I first looked at the sixth photo I thought that the Kingfisher had found some discarded fishing tackle. I was relieved when I realised that it was just weed.