Kingfisher – captured at last   67 comments

I have been in a quest for a while to get a decent Photo of a Kingfisher, although not to the quality I would like, it is still a Photo of a Kingfisher, a fair crop from the actual photo, but flew away before I could get any closer.

Good thing is, that I now know where Mr Kingfisher hangs out, and will revisit the location again in a quest for more and better photos.


Cheers Dave


67 responses to “Kingfisher – captured at last

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  1. What gorgeous shades!

  2. Congratulations on your achievment! I agree wholeheartedly with your sentiment re quality – you have your Kingfisher, we can see what type of kingfisher it is (if I had my book with me! ;)) Now you have it, I’m sure that the quality will be a natural progression – the picture of the Kingfisher is secondary now, quality always comes next. Good luck!

  3. Um….WOW! That’s a magnificent bird! πŸ™‚

  4. What a gorgeous photo! I think it’s perfect.

  5. wow! simply gorgeous!!

  6. lovely colours! even if it isn’t what you were aiming for exactly, it looks great! congrats on being freshly pressed, too!

  7. I think this is an excellent photo. His expression is like “Hey, do you mind?” I’m glad you like to shoot wildlife with a camera and not a rifle! What camera are you using? Congrat’s on being FP’d!

  8. Along with the osprey and the cormorant, an amazing fish hunter!

  9. I do wonder how long has it took you to find this bird cause you really make it seem like it has been a long time. I like its colors and i can tell its one of those birds that can just zip and fly off quickly. So its kind of amazing that you caught that shot, ill be taking some photos this summer as well so i appreciate this kind of work -,o

  10. That is really pretty! Thanks for sharing!

  11. Wow! I had no idea they had so many beautiful shades of color. Nice catch!

  12. Oh what a gorgeous picture!!! Those are some amazing colors. This must be my lucky day….I was looking for help on the bird department, and here I stubbled upon your blog via the freshly pressed. ( Congrats by the way!) I just found a bird, and no one has been able to tell me what kind of bird it is.
    Perhaps you could kindly have a look?

    Thanks a million!

  13. Stunning!

  14. Well done, I know he tough they are to capture!

  15. Beautiful. Try to capture one hovering. I’d love to see that.

  16. nice photo

  17. Ooooh, I love the colours.

  18. Amazing colors! They are tricky to get – I have yet to get a “decent” one myself – congrats! πŸ™‚

  19. Useless info here: but apparently, you’d have had a much easier job getting a photo of a Kingfisher, now, if they hadn’t been so heavily persecuted years ago.
    It’s unreal to think that these beautiful birds were trapped and killed in their hundreds on the estates of wealthy land owners. But they were – along with bullfinches and just about every other bird that is rare these days. The dipper was a favorite, too. You wouldn’t believe that anyone could do that.. but they did, just so the fish stocks wouldn’t go down. And as if it would, when they survive on a relatively minimal amount. Tarpoley in Cheshire (not sure if the records are online) in the mid 1800’s killed sparrows, thrushes, anything of danger to crops and fruit, would be on the hit list.
    The countryside we know of today would be far different if the Victorians hadn’t raped the land in such a merciless way.

    Anyway, It’s my dream, too, to photograph one of these one day. I’ve sat some hours by a well known kingfisher spot in Wales just to get a glimpse of one of these. So well done. You’ve done it proud. I don’t think I’ve ever seen such a magnificent photo of a kingfisher like this before.. beautiful!

  20. good shot!

  21. I live on the water and get to see kingfishers quite frequently. Getting a quality image, however, is another matter as they are extremely wary and will fly off the instant they sense your presence. Well done!!

  22. Congrats on getting this photo! I think it’s great.

  23. That’s really nice! And it reminds me of a couple of years ago, when we found a young kingfisher perching on our gate one night. I think it was lost, however we took it from the gate, where it would have been all too easy for the cats to catch it and put it up on a tree branch. It was a quite strange experience as we are not that close to any stream… weird. It’s a pity we didn’t think of taking a pic then! πŸ™‚

  24. Beautiful!

  25. beautiful bird, beautiful picture. congratulations!

  26. This is a great shot of a beautiful bird. I’ve been after a kingfisher shot myself (belted kingfisher in my case). Haven’t managed a good close up yet, but this gives me renewed inspiration. Thanks for sharing. πŸ™‚

  27. You did a great job–don’t be so hard on yourself about the quality.

  28. I think that is an azure kingfisher. Good news is Azure Kingfishers and platypus tend to hang out together. Keep an eye out on your kingfisher. If it suddenly goes mental darting to and from the water there is a good chance there is a platypus underneath stirring up the fish and crustations (which the kingfisher would be feeding on).

    Great photo and congratulations on freshly pressed.

  29. Dig those colors

  30. such a beautiful specimen. Excellent shot

  31. I love the colors within his wings!!

  32. Beautiful bird and photo! I hope you are able to get the shot you are looking for. My quest is the Meadowlark…

  33. oh what a gorgeous kingfisher, its a this time that i realized that it’s really colorfull bird…magnificient shades of color kingfisher has…nice click…

  34. Beautiful shot! In addition to being a gorgeous bird, kingfishers have amazing aerodynamic structures; a perfect form for biomimicry. I hope you like this post:

  35. so cute kingfisher!
    Congratulations on being Freshly Pressed!

  36. What a brilliant picture πŸ™‚

  37. Marvelous specimen! Congratulations and thanks for sharing. I believe our gorgeous little friend here is a White-Collared Kingfisher (Halcyon chloris) which ranges from Africa to China, Philippines and then to south Australia. Cheers!

  38. What a cute little kingfisher. I’ve had bad luck photographing them. There are so many around here but they appear when I don’t have my camera. When I do have my camera, I never see them. Great photo! Congrats for being on Freshly Pressed!

  39. so beautifull

  40. Great pic! Such luminescent colors! I love taking bird pictures too but they are skittish!

  41. great birl. Awesome Picture.

  42. very cute bird!! the feathers are so beautiful….

  43. Beautiful… reminds of my college days when I used to always spot one near our hostel.

  44. hello blue bird πŸ™‚ nice shot!

  45. It’s so beautiful. Such a great picture!

  46. Thats a great shot! Congrats!

    Sigh, I wish birds other than pigeons came over near my house 😦

  47. I’ve never seen one so close before. Stunning!

  48. It is so hard to photograph birds! You did a great job. This is a lovely photo of a beautiful bird.

  49. great photo! When i lived in Singapore we had a pair of theses birds who would just hang out around our house, usually on a wire. They were so lovely.

  50. Etosha (Namibia) has an abundance of kingfishers (malachite), if you run out of luck where you are, you can get your quality picture there πŸ™‚

  51. How beautiful! I have a sun conure myself and live near the swamplands so I see all kinds of birds! I am not the best photographer though and really love to see the world through other peoples eyes. I would love to have you by my site. I’m an expectant mom and I porvide for myself through donations I receive from my Tarot readings. I have many satisfied clients and am always interested in providing insight to others. I hope to see you there.

  52. sweet shot!

  53. Such beautiful blue colors! Nice shot πŸ™‚

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  55. Beautiful colors! Thanks for the post. I have a cardinal that frequents my back yard… Cardinals were my grandfather’s favorite bird… I’ve seen many in my days, but this one is the most vibrant red I have ever seen! Such a pretty bird and it keeps perching in the tree just outside my kitchen window. I have yet to capture it on film, but I’m on a mission to do so!

  56. Aw… pretty bird, I totally like its blue color. Gorgeous photo. πŸ™‚

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  57. Have you been to Ranthambhore, India? Just seen the tiger photo on your page and I was wondering if you had. I’m based there and writing a blog on life in Ranthambhore as a foreigner.

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  59. Absolutely beautiful! A great shot nonetheless!

  60. Now he knows how photogenic he is he’ll be back to let you get that close-up. I’ve just been through all your pics. What a beautiful showcase of Australia, you have captured us perfectly and inspired me to get back outside. What is it about kookaburras? They are such cheery little birds and to hear a kookaburra laughing always brings a smile to our faces. Fantastic work. I’m looking forward to seeing more.

  61. Really lovely colours – such a different blue to our native kingfisher here in Britain too. I only just discovered that their beautiful blues are not caused by pigment in the feathers but irridescence which is probably why their colours seem so much more vivid than any other bluey sorts of birds.

  62. Great photo, my goal is the puffin, I saw two the other day but they were gone before I could move the camera.

  63. He’s a handsome fella. I always have problems getting my kingfishers to stand still. He’ll be there on the line over Middle Creek, and by the time I get my binocs up, he’s taken off down stream making a racket. πŸ™‚

  64. Very nice work

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