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Post Options Post Options   Quote nandbytes Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 July 2019 at 17:35
Thank you guys for the compliments, certainly helps to go out and try to do better.

I guess the main reason I am unhappy is I cannot really print these and hang it on the wall

Originally posted by C_N_RED_AGAIN C_N_RED_AGAIN wrote:

Number 2 is pretty good. Itís a shame with that background in that it is rather distracting.


Not a lot I could about the background but that's a loverly problem to have after I solve my other issues like getting closer

Originally posted by horizon horizon wrote:

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.

Regards,
Craig


Thanks for suggestions I'll keep these in mind.
It is indeed illegal to photograph these near breeding areas i.e. nests in the UK unless you have a license to do so.

I was in a hide but couldn't get any closer (I was as close as possible to the water) and the kingfisher also didn't want to get any closer to the hide. It flew past a couple times but tracking it flying towards me was impossible. tracking it side ways was hard enough!
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Originally posted by SnowFella SnowFella wrote:

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.


I was in a hide but the perch Kingfisher used wasn't close to the hide. i will go back and try again and again and hope it will use one of the close branches one of the times.

In the meantime I need to my hands on that 200-600mm and a really really sunny day so I can add 1.4x TC to it
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Post Options Post Options   Quote waleskeg Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 July 2019 at 22:22
A couple from Gustav's work. Been a couple of years since he's posted Gustav's Kingfishers there are more if you search
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