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Kingfisher

A very shy species.
I managed to get fairly close [say, 10metres] to this little gem by deploying my mobile hide...aka car...and by fitting the 100-400mm lens.
Such a satisfying outcome after many sightings but no pictures.

Moments after this picture, the kingfisher swooped down and plucked a small silver fish out of the water then landed behind the car and proceeded to swallow its catch...I missed that shot, and realised the limitations of the car as a hide.

Kingfisher

A very shy species.
I managed to get fairly close [say, 10metres] to this little gem by deploying my mobile hide...aka car...and by fitting the 100-400mm lens.
Such a satisfying outcome after many sightings but no pictures.

Moments after this picture, the kingfisher swooped down and plucked a small silver fish out of the water then landed behind the car and proceeded to swallow its catch...I missed that shot, and realised the limitations of the car as a hide.

comments (18)

The kingfishers totally intrigue me--we don't see them here but they are so amazingly colorful. But how big are they exactly? They look quite small.

Car as hide? Yeah, probably not the best wink

Still, you got your shot and the color is awesome.
Ray: This [ http://www.all-my-world.com/picture%20blog1/pblog/index.php?entry=entry070315-025453 ] is the Laughing Jackass [aka Kookaburra] from Australia...the largest of all Kingfishers, I believe...about the size of a House Crow, and with a superb call.
The bird in this post is much smaller...perhaps the size of a starling...but with a relatively enormous beak, and a more spectacular colour scheme.

They are fabulous birds.
I've only been able to capture one once and the results was very unsatisfactory. This one is a gem, Ray.
Ray: Thanks, Jennie. I was very happy to get several shots like this.
  • VZ
  • United States
  • 8 Dec 2008, 02:39
Awesome bird, Ray. I wonder, if they ever use their frightening beak as a weapon.
Ray: It seems not much is known about these very shy birds, VZ. I expect it is capable of wielding this beak with some vehemence if threatened, but its normal defence is shyness and flight.
  • FLOOG
  • The pastures of a contented heart
  • 8 Dec 2008, 04:38
I can imagine your car covered with twigs and branches and you in full green faced combat gear, Mr Storey..... ha ha

What a photograph! INcredible detail, and such an attractive little bird. Top marks smile
Ray: See...I have this camouflage-painted Hummer, and it is fitted with the "stealth creep" mode for approaching the enemy or the "shy bird species"...I tend to don my "big bird" costume as extra cover...
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 8 Dec 2008, 05:11
Ray, you forgot the 'Big Bird' outfit you got for your birthday...
WOW Ray a likey to me, this is fabulous, even the spider threads (don't know the official name) are visible, a proud bird this is, thanks for this one while I am having breakfast, this is party time for me...more than AWESOME to me smile
Ray: Thanks, Astrid. I think you can imagine how pleased I was to "capture" this bird after so many sightings but no pictures.
  • Tracy
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 8 Dec 2008, 07:31
This is a great capture and shot Ray. Wow I have not seen one of these for a long time.smile
Ray: Thailand has about 8 species of Kingfisher, and none of them seems at all drab. This is the first I have shot reasonably well, although I have seen several.

Thanks, Tracy.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 8 Dec 2008, 10:04
Great picture, sorry you missed the demise of the little fish - would have been an excellent picture.
Ray: Yes...watched the feast, but couldn't swing the long lens quickly enough in the confined space of the car interior...pity! I did get a hurried shot, but the focus was horribly off.
Absolutly superb Ray. This is a gem!
Ray: Thanks, Richard. I was pleased to get this, and a couple of others.
Our kingfisher is also a beautiful bird. I have only seen one about twice in my life let alone get a picture! Well done Ray
Ray: It seems shy" is a common trait of Kingfishers, Bill.
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 8 Dec 2008, 11:17
Super photo Ray
Ray: I appreciate your comment, Vintage.
one of my favorite birds and you have captured this brilliantly Ray, well done.
Woooonnnderful !!!!
Is he able to eat frogs ? smile
Outstanding shot Ray, car hide better than no hidesmile Likeyed!
  • Ellie
  • England
  • 8 Dec 2008, 22:33
Oh you lucky thing! Fabulous picture
  • Steve
  • United Kingdom
  • 8 Dec 2008, 23:25
Zowie Ray, this is good. I'm very envious.
  • Peter Ericsson
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 8 Dec 2008, 23:33
A great image of this splendid little bird!
Nice shot.
These can be a PITA to shoot.
F5.6 hand held is a challenge!!
Bring them on mate!!
Rob
I was looking at your most recent archive Ray and found this wonderful picture. My wife and I would dearly love to see one of these and this thinks this is beautiful also.
Ray: A beautiful bird, Brian, and a thrill to finally get a reasonable shot of it.

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