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Common Kingfisher

This is the Common Kingfisher, one of Thailand's 12 species  of kingfisher.

 

It is a beautiful little character, but tends to be quite human-shy.

 

I recently spent 30 minutes with my camera at a friend's pond, where I made several shots from about 25metres away from the bird.

Common Kingfisher

 

 Common Kingfisher

Common Kingfisher

This is the Common Kingfisher, one of Thailand's 12 species  of kingfisher.

 

It is a beautiful little character, but tends to be quite human-shy.

 

I recently spent 30 minutes with my camera at a friend's pond, where I made several shots from about 25metres away from the bird.

Common Kingfisher

 

 Common Kingfisher

comments (14)

i envy your produce from just 30 minutes, Ray. it took my far more and i came away with far less.
Ray: I tried very hard to be unobtrusive, Ayush...no "whooping" or "Ye-hawing".
Well done Ray, a difficult bird to capture.
Ray: I think I would need a hide to get any closer, Frank.

However, I am thinking the 100-400mm lens might need a service, as I expected the details to be clearer.
Beautiful images of this gorgeous little bird, Ray! I just love them!
Ray: Kingfishers are gorgeous!
  • Martine
  • France
  • 13 Feb 2018, 05:40
Superbe martin-pêcheur. La pêche a été bonne.
Ray: Il y a beaucoup de petits poissons dans cet étang, Martine, alors le martin-pêcheur aime être ici.
Quel merveille ce martin pêcheur ..
Tes photos sont vraiment magnifiques
Merci Ray
Bonne journée
Ray: Les martins-pêcheurs sont les plus beaux oiseaux, Claudine ... très difficile à photographier, mais j'aime bien essayer de faire une capture.
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 13 Feb 2018, 06:41
Your patience was well rewarded, Ray. Last week I watched a Kingfisher catch a fish in Bradford-on-Avon - you will remember the place), and am resolved to go back and sit with my camera in the same spot, which I know he frequents
Ray: I remember seeing a kingfisher there, Lisl, but my picture of it was not very good...I am sure you will do better.
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 13 Feb 2018, 06:53
You've achieved something I've never done. I've only ever seen one but its a soft even before I got the camera up to my eye. A cracking shot of it about to enjoy lunch.
Ray: They are wonderful birds, and worth trying to photograph, Alan...a bit more flighty than flowers, or sheep! smile
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 13 Feb 2018, 06:55
Oh yes, he has fished a fish! Wonderful images!
Ray: He has a fish snack, Philine, and will soon try for another.
  • Chris
  • Not Nowhere
  • 13 Feb 2018, 07:13
We have a similar example here in the UK Ray, lovely birds!
Ray: I saw one when we strolled along the canal path, Chris, but my shot of it was not very good.
I have only ever seen one of our kingfishers once.

Lovely pics Ray
Ray: Oh...I have seen one of your kingfishers, too, Bill, and I was on your Island for only 8 days.
  • gutteridge
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 13 Feb 2018, 08:11
I was going to say that it is a kingfisher Ray, one of the few bird names I know. I was gutted when I saw that you had written it.
Ray: My apologies, Chad.

Perhaps, for sensitive Buddies, I should do like our Trimmo and make a bit of a kid's quiz out of my anecdotes...something like "Who can guess the name of this little fish-dinner-loving bird...starts with K and ends with ER for a total of 10 letters?"
You have three fine shots here. Over here they are a popular subject although I don't think there are any round our way, and there is some question over the legality of photographing them under certain circumstances, especially when they are nesting.
Ray: Kingfishers are quite common and successful birds in Thailand, Brian...so far as I know there are no laws around protecting them.

They tend to be human-shy, so getting close enough to make reasonable shots is a challenge.
Aren't they wonderful? We have the Belted Kingfisher here. In summertime I can predict the feeding time of my resident family. I do not have a proper lens for it though so suffice with my personal lenses, the eyes.
Ray: Kingfishers are a delight, Mary. You are fortunate to have a nesting family near you.
Great shots, Ray - you are lucky to have the opportunity. This is actually the same species as ours.
Ray: Thank you, Tom.

It certainly looks like the one I saw on a hedge next to the Avon canal near Bath.

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