The Kingfisher


Seen regularly as  a tiny bright blue or turquoise spot moving fast and low through the shadows and you are fortunate to capture it at all while walking the riverside.

One should settle down very quietly for an hour on or back from the opposite bank to where it hunts with a decent camera, large lens and a little patience.
Wildlife are accustomed to  us walking steadily and even talking quietly on the footpaths. It is the  sudden change to movement or sound that seems to  cause alarm. Like suddenly stopping and unziping a camera bag.


Kingfisher nearly faster than I can squeeze the shutter.

If the lens had been any larger than 300mm he would have been out of the shot.


The Kingfisher is small, fast and hard to photograph in flight. A very cropped lucky shot.



May be seen waiting for prey in low hanging branches before diving into  the water to emerge with a tasty minnow.


Dives down with a plop into the water.

DSC_4620kingfisher_catch_226 Emerges to  a nearby spot and appears to wait for  a Minnow to cease moving before swallowing Note the protective film over the eye still. So it can see prey underwater.


This Kingfisher seems to feather one wing to avoid  a branch while diving.

This beautiful bird has blue top bits, orange bottom bits and a long sharp bill.
It nests  at the end of a burrow in a steep riverbank. The Kingfisher and its nest sites are protected and should not be approached.


Don’t delay getting that shot the Kingfisher my dive at any moment.


Diving like a rocket but only makes a gentle plop sound as it enters the water.

Emerging with with a minnow, The next similar shot will be spectacular.and focused.



He seems content to  watch us photographers assembled on the other side of the River.


If only it was that easy for the young fox to find a meal on the riverbank.


Brian certainly has the Ideal lens for settling down to capture the Kingfisher.
Reminds me I must  pop into Conn’s Cameras again.


At the river there’s always someone with a bigger lens.

Link to Fisheries Scientist Ken Whelan


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