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Old 12-17-2013   #1
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At the local bird hide there's a Kingfisher which visits regularly. Great to watch but not so easy to photograph due to the distance involved. In the shots below I'm using a 500mm lens plus 2x TC and still needing to crop. The distance is compounded by the fact that the bird's preferred perch is in a group of bushes, meaning MF is required to get a sharp image. The only solution I can think of is to either find another Kingfisher to photograph or wait patiently for this one to hunt from a nearer perch (see the last pic)
These first three shots were a sequence taken from seeing the bird dive into the water:


Kingfisher in flight progress 1 by 2slo7, on Flickr


Kingfisher in flight progress 2 by 2slo7, on Flickr


Kingfisher in flight progress 3 by 2slo7, on Flickr

After waiting for the Kingfisher to move closer to me in decent light, sure enough, once the light failed that was when he decided to perch closer. At this point I was at ISO 5000. He only landed for a couple of seconds and didn't dive in from here. I took this to be a consolation prize with a suggestion to come back and try again on another day:


Kingfisher by 2slo7, on Flickr

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Nice post. I have been there and done that, I went through the same experience a few years ago, I spent 5 days trying to get a good photo of my first Kingfisher. So its for sure worthwhile you going back to the hide.
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Even considering the large distance these are great shots Mark. Using manual focus I presume you're set up on a tripod or hide clamp as well. I've spent ages looking for kingfishers and even when I've seen them close up the light has been rotten. I think you need to find a private hide somewhere to get excellent shots. On TP there are some great kingfisher shots but they have a tank set up near to the river and a very tolerant kingfisher. I'd be completely scuppered with the ISO on the 7D.
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A beautiful series Mark. Well worth the hard work !!
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You have done very well Mark. The last shot is superb
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Thanks fellas. I think I'd have more luck if I could get my tripod set up. These were either handheld or rested on the window frame of the hide. Not ideal and some motion blur is apparent. One more from the set below, I know it's slightly blurred but I quite liked it anyway:


Almost got him... by 2slo7, on Flickr
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Very nice shots. Those Kingfishers you have over there sure are nicer looking than the ones over here.
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I wish we have kingfisher at where I live but I am not sure that I have the patience. Great shots.


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