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    Posted: 02 October 2023 at 05:04

The Australian Kookaburra is renowned for beating it's prey to death whether it be a snake, lizard, or a sausage purloined from a family BBQ. The kingfisher belongs to the same family albeit a much smaller version and exhibits the same behavior beating the living bejeesus out of these crabs


2 With sand and bits of crab flying in all directions.

3 before swallowing the tasty morsel.

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7 Does it tickle on the way down?

8 I'm guessing so as I was just about to walk away when it regurgitated the lot. Never seen this happen before...
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11 Neighbours with a clean catch had no such problems..

12 Although you could see sand on the 'killing' branch.

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Amazing shots Peter, #4 and 13 win for me but they are all fantastic
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Lovely series Peter.
Iím a Kingfisjher-fan and these shots really hit the spot.
Beautiful colors and great action.
Particularly like #14
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Sensational. What a remarkable set, and what remarkable optical design advancement that enables such IQ using a zoom with 2x TC! Unimaginable only a little time back.
Kudos to Sony and to Peter the expert bird photographer.
If I had to pick a favourite it would be #13.
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Originally posted by Jozioau Jozioau wrote:

Sensational. What a remarkable set, and what remarkable optical design advancement that enables such IQ using a zoom with 2x TC! Unimaginable only a little time back.
I don't think the teleconverter and F2.8 zoom combo was unimagable even earlier, earlier the problem with zooms and teleconverters was that lenses with slower apertures (F5.6+) lost their AF capabilities. Nowadays with mirrorless AF systems that is no longer issue and the AF in general has improved a lot.

But nice set of pictures showing bird behaviour.
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Thanks everyone. Maybe I should have said this lens was more versatile than the 100-400mm. I think the IQ with the x2TC is as good but then you have the lens itself which is a great portrait lens and possibly without equal in its range. Well worth the price although Sony does always seem to be on the high side!!
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Wonderful images, Peter! You captured their behavior perfectly.

Were they Collared Kingfishers?

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Superb work on both sets
Thanks for sharing
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Were they Collared Kingfishers?
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Sacred Kingfishers, I believe.
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Wonderful, thanks for sharing! Yes, that #13 is my fav!
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And thanks again. It's always interesting to see how peoples favourites vary. In this case I think mine was #3.
Brian, there were some collared about but Joe was correct these are sacred kingfishers. The 'collared' will hopefully be appearing in BIF at some later date...
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Cracker Sacred shots! "Mine" has just returned here for the summer in the last couple of weeks.

And the regurgitation is a common thing amongst Kingfishers and Bee-eaters, it's pellets of whatever they can't digest (scales, shells and so on) that they regurgitate.
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Great work Peter, both sets!
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