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Dec 22, 2019 05:31 |  #1

Visited the Botanic gardens in Edinburgh to try and get some shots of the kingfisher that has taken up residence there. He has a pond to himself - more than one, actually - with plenty sticklebacks to keep him there. Unfortunately, being the winter solstice and 56 degrees north, and it being a dull, overcast day, and a shaded pond, there was no light to speak of! I was fighting with shutter speeds down to 1/45 sec (560 mm @ f8) and ISO values up to 20,000, trying to get some usable shots. Most of the action shots were not up to posting on here!

In addition, my attempts to get a decent plunge shot were thwarted by me trying to prefocus on the water below his perch (he used at least 7 perches, spread round the pond), and wait for him to dive. But every time he plunged, he went out at an angle, not straight down. I was amazed at him being able to spot the fish away out in open water, from his bankside perch!

Here are a few of the more presentable shots I managed to get...

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These are small, but the ones out there are far away.
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Dec 22, 2019 12:28 |  #2

Very nice, Col. I think you could have gone a bit higher on the ISO.

I've never seen a kingfisher. I'm guessing Edinburgh is as far north as they travel. Merry Christmas to you and yours.


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Dec 22, 2019 13:00 |  #3

AnnieMacD wrote in post #18979044 (external link)
Very nice, Col. I think you could have gone a bit higher on the ISO.

I've never seen a kingfisher. I'm guessing Edinburgh is as far north as they travel. Merry Christmas to you and yours.

Thanks Annie. I looked up their distribution....

https://upload.wikimed​ia.org …tthis_-range_map-2-cp.png (external link)

Now, if I only knew what the difference between green and yellow is. When I think about it, I do see them more on borders rivers, than rivers further north. I am trying to think if I have seen them on the Tay. But it could well be that they don't extend as far north as you. One thing I have noticed, in all these days of reduced numbers of so many birds, kingfishers seem to be on the increase. I'm seeing them in a lot more places than in past years. Even in Edinburgh, not only are they in the Botanic Gardens, but I see them on the Water of Leith (otters there too) and the Figgate Pond in Portobello. They navigate under the main road using a culvert on the Figgate burn!

I will go back and have a go at getting some better action shots. If I need even higher ISOs, so be it!  :p

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PS: Do you know of anyone selling a 600 mm f4 for a bag of sand?  :p


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Dec 22, 2019 13:02 |  #4

Fantastic series.
They are beautiful birds.
Never realised how diminutive they are until I saw the comparison with your pigeon (?)
Your disappointment is felt, but these are very nice



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avondale87 wrote in post #18979056 (external link)
Fantastic series.
They are beautiful birds.
Never realised how diminutive they are until I saw the comparison with your pigeon (?)
Your disappointment is felt, but these are very nice

Thanks, and yes, it is a woodpigeon, which is quite a big pigeon in pigeon terms, compared to the common feral rock doves. But the kingfisher is definitely a smallish bird!

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Dec 22, 2019 15:00 |  #6

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=Cap'n Fishy;18979055]Thanks Annie. I looked up their distribution....

https://upload.wikimed​ia.org …tthis_-range_map-2-cp.png (external link)

Now, if I only knew what the difference between green and yellow is. When I think about it, I do see them more on borders rivers, than rivers further north. I am trying to think if I have seen them on the Tay. But it could well be that they don't extend as far north as you. One thing I have noticed, in all these days of reduced numbers of so many birds, kingfishers seem to be on the increase. I'm seeing them in a lot more places than in past years. Even in Edinburgh, not only are they in the Botanic Gardens, but I see them on the Water of Leith (otters there too) and the Figgate Pond in Portobello. They navigate under the main road using a culvert on the Figgate burn!

I will go back and have a go at getting some better action shots. If I need even higher ISOs, so be it!  :p

Cheers,
Col

PS: Do you know of anyone selling a 600 mm f4 for a bag of sand?  :p

Well, I'm pretty sure they don't come up here. But now I know they are in Scotland I may go search them out. As for a 600mm, I would love the FL but doubt I could lift it!


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