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    Posted: 07 January 2020 at 20:26
If you were not sick of my Kingfisher shots by now you will be now

I'd love a get a shot of these in action i.e. fishing but so far I have not had this particular one fish near me. I came with the fish, stunned it and swallowed it up.

Besides even if did fish near me I was really stretching the shutter as much as possible so they'd have been a blurry mess or a noisy mess. So any one want to lend me their new shiny 400mm f2.8 or 600mm f4?

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Me like, especially #3 and #13. Thnx for sharing!
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Sick of them? Never never never! Love 'em!
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Remarkable images. As mentioned above, never sick of seeing these.
Can't pick favourites - they're all so good.
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Originally posted by Jozioau Jozioau wrote:

Remarkable images. As mentioned above, never sick of seeing these.
Can't pick favourites - they're all so good.

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Originally posted by LAbernethy LAbernethy wrote:

Originally posted by Jozioau Jozioau wrote:

Remarkable images. As mentioned above, never sick of seeing these.
Can't pick favourites - they're all so good.

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Got some cracking shots there! Hard to pick a favorite but #13 stands out to me.
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Color, color and some more color; beautiful shades of blue.
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Wow. That is one very impressive series you have there and no; I never tire of these either!

I'm really not sure you need those additional lenses though - surely, these ar enough to satisfy you for the moment...?

Very happy to see more of this quality - significantly better than those I see at my local camera club I have to say (and they are considered 'experts' at this!).

Well done and best regard, Neil.
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This must be one of the best kingfisher series I have seen!
Keep them coming please. I am so jealous about those who have these great shooting opportunities for kingfishers nearby.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote rovhazman Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09 January 2020 at 09:58
Great job! As all the friends above said - you never get sick from these beautiful birds!
I can totally understand your frustration of missing the action - it always happens to me... I keep focus on the bird, track and follow it for long time and then exactly when the action starts, the focus runs away and all the action is missed...
And these big prime lenses... Maybe one day...
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Thank you all so much for the comments and compliments

Originally posted by Fred_S Fred_S wrote:

This must be one of the best kingfisher series I have seen!
Keep them coming please. I am so jealous about those who have these great shooting opportunities for kingfishers nearby.


Thanks, this one was 2.5 hours drive each way and lot of sitting in the cold. But still I do consider myself lucky to have found the area and it being accessible to me.


Originally posted by rovhazman rovhazman wrote:

Great job! As all the friends above said - you never get sick from these beautiful birds!
I can totally understand your frustration of missing the action - it always happens to me... I keep focus on the bird, track and follow it for long time and then exactly when the action starts, the focus runs away and all the action is missed...
And these big prime lenses... Maybe one day...


Smaller birds are indeed hard to follow larger prime lens will probably make it hard to follow but at least it'd let us freeze the action with higher shutter speeds without sacrificing details. Finding a sunny day in UK when the Kingfisher will play ball is almost impossible

Originally posted by owenn01 owenn01 wrote:

Wow. That is one very impressive series you have there and no; I never tire of these either!

I'm really not sure you need those additional lenses though - surely, these ar enough to satisfy you for the moment...?

Very happy to see more of this quality - significantly better than those I see at my local camera club I have to say (and they are considered 'experts' at this!).

Well done and best regard, Neil.


Yes thanks very happy with these but always room for improvement.

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Very nice set! Given though that there are a lot of shots here personally I'd get rid of anything that's "less than perfect." As an example, between 2 and 3, 3 is a more interesting pose in particular since the beak is difficult to see in 2, so get rid of 2. Similarly between 4 and 5 in 4 the beak overlaps the wood behind it and you can see the feet as well as in 5 so get rid of 4 and keep 5. 6 is difficult, it's a different pose to 5 but the light is much better in 5 than 6 so I'd consider getting rid of 6 also.

And so on (7 versus 8, 9 versus 10...) But it's very cool. The money shot for me would be 13 and 14 but in 14 it's too bad the head and body aren't completely free of the wood in the background. But overall a great set to look at!
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Originally posted by brian33 brian33 wrote:

Very nice set! Given though that there are a lot of shots here personally I'd get rid of anything that's "less than perfect." As an example, between 2 and 3, 3 is a more interesting pose in particular since the beak is difficult to see in 2, so get rid of 2. Similarly between 4 and 5 in 4 the beak overlaps the wood behind it and you can see the feet as well as in 5 so get rid of 4 and keep 5. 6 is difficult, it's a different pose to 5 but the light is much better in 5 than 6 so I'd consider getting rid of 6 also.

And so on (7 versus 8, 9 versus 10...) But it's very cool. The money shot for me would be 13 and 14 but in 14 it's too bad the head and body aren't completely free of the wood in the background. But overall a great set to look at!


Thanks Brian for the feedback

I guess the intension quite wasn't to show just the money shots more to show a series per say. I agree if I picked the better shots I could have probably cut it down to 4 or 5 (#1,#2, #9, #12, #13 would be my picks)
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