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    Posted: 11 July 2019 at 14:17
Was out shooting Kingfisher(s) at the weekend. Got a few pictures, wasn't entirely happy with them but I thought I'd share them anyway.

Getting close to these just seems like an impossible task
The light was terrible and shooting with a 1.4x on 100-400mm made that worst.
Add that to severe cropping and on the whole you end with crap pictures! (Cropped from 42mp to 3mp-ish!!!)

I either need a 2000mm lens or need to figure out a way to get closer somehow! Not to mention finding them is also very hard in the first place.

#1


#2


#3


#4


#5


#6


#7


#8


#9


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Number 2 is pretty good. It’s a shame with that background in that it is rather distracting.
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To me #8 looks simply stunning .
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No reason to complain as far as I see.
Flying kingfishers, I would love to achieve that someday.
#7 is surfacing bird. Again everybody that I know would love to achieve such shots.
A great series, with #7 and #8 as best.
And #f4 (diving) and #2 (sitting) as runners up.
TFS and good luck next time
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Post Options Post Options   Quote alanfrombangor Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11 July 2019 at 20:45
I'd have been delighted with these. I totally failed to catch puffins in flight last month and they're slower than kingfishers, perhaps I should have used manual focus set to infinity rather than trying to autofocus with A77 and Sony 70-300 Mk 1 versions.

I also like #8 the best.
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These are nice... We have the belted Kingfisher in NA, not as colorful as these. I don't know the size of these, but the belted is larger than songbirds, but acts like a hummingbird. They are very difficult to photograph. I'd say you did great here. Especially like #4 and #8.
 



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G'day Anand,

Kingfisher shots can be difficult to achieve, especially when photographing from a permanent hide / structure or in a country where laws prohibit the photographer from getting very close to the bird (not so here in AU).

Though there are work arounds. If you cant get close to the bird, you can either put the camera close to the perch and photograph remotely or put a perch closer to the hide that will allow you the privelidge of getting upclose and personal with the birds.

Kingfishers will acclimate to people when they are regularly around, though this can take a few months to achieve and only on their terms and trust cant be rushed. So if you wish to get close, then you will ned to put in the time, be prepared to spend weeks and months getting the bird used to you being there.

The other options are looking for another area where the birds will be fishing from, as they do have a large territory that they will fish and there may be other alternatives for you to get closer. You may also need to invest in a throw over hide that you can carry with you. However, that may not be the better option as it will be something new in their territory that they havent seen before. But it may only take a few hours / day before they become familiar with it in that area.

Hope these suggestions help.

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Anand,
Despite the challenges of the available light, and the cropping due to distance, you've managed to capture some delightful images in this set. Keep uyp the good work, and looking forward to more.
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TFS You might not have been “entirely happy with them” but I would have been delighted to have even seen a kingfisher let alone captured images like you have.

#7 my favourite, like them all very much.
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I'be over the moon if those where my shots! Nicely caught action in what does look like challenging conditions.

From reading it seems to me like most up close KF shots are either out of a hide or using a yowie/ghillie suit. Find a spot the bird uses regularly either on natural or placed perches, get in before the bird gets there and wait for it to appear. If you feel like "cheating" bring a berley bag and drop underneath an active fishing perch, if there's fish around the birds tend to stick around a single perch for longer.

Even with "my" semi tame Azure I sometimes have to sit down and wait for it to come to me rather than actively follow it around.
Went looking for the old friend today and she's once again gone, ponds have run out of small bait fish so don't expect her to be back until it starts warming up again.
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What happened to the kingfisher specialist? I thimk his nams was jsvogel but I couldn't find any of his posts by searching. He made some fantastic images, actually so perfect that they became boring in the end.
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Originally posted by alanfrombangor alanfrombangor wrote:

What happened to the kingfisher specialist? I thimk his nams was jsvogel but I couldn't find any of his posts by searching. He made some fantastic images, actually so perfect that they became boring in the end.

his name was IJsvogel (Dutch for kingfisher)
He still is Sony expert and shows up at Sony meetings
and stlll make great photos
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Gustav, (Ijsvogel) haven't posted here in quite a while.
From memory he made great use of a hide and placed perches. Think Sony still use his Common Kingfisher perched on a 100-400 GM lens in advertising.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote nandbytes Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 July 2019 at 17:32
I know Gustav and seen his work. He does amazingly well with his setup and he is a Sony ambassador too I believe. Don't blame Sony for picking him, his wildlife shots are great!
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