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Homing in......

Homing in......on the target.
One of the 1st shots of hopefully what will be a family later on in the year.
He likes the high vantage point of this branch which is about 75 feet away and on this one a strange thing appeared....SUN.
Managed to get up to 1/250 with iso 200 ...never got anywhere near this all last year.Mind you the bare trees made this possible.
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Re: Homing in......

OK, so you had bare trees AND the sun, but no mistake you got this right and it is a cracking shot - well done.

We went in search of our kingfisher today - result no sun and no sign of the kingfisher!

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Re: Homing in......

Thanks Ann1e....yes so dark today.I popped in for 1/2 an hour and no Kingfisher...but it would have been useless as the reading on that branch was only 1/20.
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Re: Homing in......

Beautiful shot in beautiful light - well done
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Re: Homing in......

You obviously had some luck today! Very nice!
I also try to get one pictured, but 'on the fly', so to speak. On my walks I'll check the local hotspots, but no luck whatsoever - not even got one in sight this winter. I would be very pleased with anything close to your shot ...
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Re: Homing in......

Thirty years as a photographer and I have never got close to a kingfisher with or without a camera, you can go of some people you know Keith.

Seriously a great catch.
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Re: Homing in......

They are such beautiful little birds Keith and you have every right to be thrilled with your shot. It is lovely, and I am glad the sun came out at just the right time for you.
I have never seen one in the wild - too far south where we live, but in 3 weeks time we are off to Darwin and I am so looking forward to it as the bird life up north is fantastic. I may get lucky and see one up there!
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Re: Homing in......

Lovely shot Keith, I hope that now you have found a favourite perch you can get a lot more of this beautiful bird. Looks like a male so let's hope his little lady comes by!

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Re: Homing in......

Beautiful capture Keith WoW!

I have heard first and then (after three return visits) seen a Kingfisher in a friends small woodland & streams, as I am one of a few alllowed to wander or sit, I am hoping to spend a few weekends to observe their flight pattern for hunting and "a perch or two" ... and get ONE SHOT like THIS !
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Re: Homing in......

Thanks everyone...

I never saw one at my local reservoir in all my life...a long time....even though they were present.
It was only a couple of years ago that I started just staying in one spot and waiting and I started to see them.
BUT there is nowhere to get a shot here so I searched to find where they may be for the rest of the time they were not at the reservoir and last year found them on a stream which I spent at least 2 hours virtually every day for 6 months.
During the summer it's so dark as the tree cover blocks out the light but with no leaves this time of the year it's a bit better.

CHEVVY......Thats the way to do it just find a likely spot and just put the time in watching and waiting and hopefully one will let you into it's life.
I am jealous you can hear them as I will not have that thrill as my hearing is duff.

Olypaul...I have seen one a couple of times at the Valley dashing up and down the Tame.
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Re: Homing in......

Lovely shot the bank close to us were they nested was washed out during the winter so I will have to start hunting again never managed a shot at the last spot so I can only gain.
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Re: Homing in......

Birds are not a subject I've attempted very much. I'd have loved to have taken this!
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Re: Homing in......

Well done Keith

Like Patchwork I wish I had taken this too
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Re: Homing in......

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Lovely shot the bank close to us were they nested was washed out during the winter so I will have to start hunting again never managed a shot at the last spot so I can only gain.
Hi Ed ..thanks for looking.

I don't know if the law is the same in N.I. but disturbance at Kingy nest sites is frowned upon over here ...as I found out at the place I watch my Kings last year.
I almost had people ready to shop me in until I said I did not know where or if there was a nest anywhere near and I just happened to see them on this particular stretch on the stream.
In the Autumn /Winter I walked up and down in the stream and could not find a site so I was correct.

I saw him again today( 1st March) and got a couple of shots with a fish so if I get them onto the computer O.K. they might put in an appearance.
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Re: Homing in......

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Hi Ed ..thanks for looking.

I don't know if the law is the same in N.I. but disturbance at Kingy nest sites is frowned upon over here ...as I found out at the place I watch my Kings last year.
I almost had people ready to shop me in until I said I did not know where or if there was a nest anywhere near and I just happened to see them on this particular stretch on the stream.
Just in case anyone doesn't know:

"Kingfishers and Barn Owls are just two of the relatively uncommon species afforded the highest degree of legal protection under Schedule 1 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981. If you “intentionally or recklessly” disturb a Kingfisher, Barn Owl or any other bird listed in Schedule 1 whilst trying to photograph it “in, on, at or near” the nest or whilst it has dependent young, and without the necessary Licence from Natural England (or other licensing authority), you may be committing a criminal offence punishable by a fine of up to £5,000 and/or a prison sentence of up to 6 months."
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