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Nemesis: Belted Kingfisher on a limb

 
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Dec 30, 2011 08:36 |  #1

This was the first time a Kingfisher had played nicely and allowed me to get quality images of him. I was not sure which image I liked better so posted both. Taken a few days ago at Merritt Island.

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Dec 30, 2011 08:47 |  #2

Enjoyed them both, but I think I like the second shot the best... I don't think you lost clarity or detail on it at all... nice captures, not an easy bird to shoot, at least in my neck of the woods.

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Dec 30, 2011 14:03 |  #3

Same here, they are an evil little bird. I really really like them, but this is honestly, the only pictures I have gotten in 2 years that you can tell the species haha! He sat there and was looking into the sun for nearly 5 minutes without even caring about us being there. It was a nice treat for sure.

Thank you, I am starting to like #2 more also.


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Dec 30, 2011 16:51 as a reply to  @ J.Litton's post |  #4

I'd have to vote for #2 also based on it showing more detail in the main subject and the portrait orientation following the flow of the perch better with less "empty" space. The first one is still excellent though.....kinda a "me against the world" feel.
Congrats on nailing him too. I can only imagine at this point how difficult they are to approach and photograph.


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Dec 30, 2011 21:32 |  #5

Congrats.. I've had as much luck trying to photograph the Belted Kingfishers here.. I've got a few shots, sadly from quite far away.. Most of the time they are flying away from me :(




  
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Dec 30, 2011 21:58 |  #6

That is one bugger of a lens to hand hold. Nice job.


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Dec 30, 2011 23:51 as a reply to  @ Chris's post |  #7

I like # 2 also.
better light on its face.
I cant imagine handholding a 600.
I did it with a 500 last week for about 5 minutes and I was DONE.



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Dec 31, 2011 00:28 |  #8

Congrats and nice shots! This must be how they mess with us...the Kingfisher was my nemesis for years too, then out of the blue one day while I was shooting Herons, a Kingfisher landed about 40 feet away from us on a tree limb much like the one in your photos, and just sat there letting me click away at it (I didn't even know there was one around until it appeared there).


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Dec 31, 2011 04:08 |  #9

great job capturing the kingfisher Jason




  
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Dec 31, 2011 07:22 |  #10

Well done Jason!


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Dec 31, 2011 16:33 |  #11

CamFan01 wrote in post #13622107 (external link)
I'd have to vote for #2 also based on it showing more detail in the main subject and the portrait orientation following the flow of the perch better with less "empty" space. The first one is still excellent though.....kinda a "me against the world" feel.
Congrats on nailing him too. I can only imagine at this point how difficult they are to approach and photograph.

That is a good way to look at it, and now that you say that, I see that being a good caption or feeling in the image. Thank you :)

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Congrats.. I've had as much luck trying to photograph the Belted Kingfishers here.. I've got a few shots, sadly from quite far away.. Most of the time they are flying away from me :(

They are evil little birds! They are one of my favorite but I had completely given up on stopping and even trying to photograph them. They usually take off as soon as you look their way, and that is on the rare chance the sun isnt behind them.

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That is one bugger of a lens to hand hold. Nice job.

Thanks Chris. It is quite a task.

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I like # 2 also.
better light on its face.
I cant imagine handholding a 600.
I did it with a 500 last week for about 5 minutes and I was DONE.

Thank you. The 500 I can handhold for 30-45 seconds at a time, and the 600 for about 10-20. It was not fun at all, but it has become something fun I pride myself on. I dont own a tripod and only usually use a monopod when sitting on banks since I cannot support the lens well sitting.


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Dec 31, 2011 16:35 |  #12

Back288 wrote in post #13623862 (external link)
Congrats and nice shots! This must be how they mess with us...the Kingfisher was my nemesis for years too, then out of the blue one day while I was shooting Herons, a Kingfisher landed about 40 feet away from us on a tree limb much like the one in your photos, and just sat there letting me click away at it (I didn't even know there was one around until it appeared there).

Thank you very much. Maybe it is a right of passage! It was really cool and made my day when this lil guy stopped and didnt fly away. It was nice my dad and girlfriend were with me also so they had a good chance to admire him also.

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great job capturing the kingfisher Jason

Thank you very much

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Well done Jason!

Gracias senor!


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Dec 31, 2011 23:58 |  #13

Good job on handholding a lunker of a lens.




  
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Jan 01, 2012 02:10 |  #14

great capture of the Kingfisher.
well done.

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