Hello, I have been spending some time trying to get close to a family of Belted kingfishers. They are so difficult to get close too that I find the use of a blind "a must". I was late setting up (07:00am) this morning, the birds were already working the area and I sat for 2.5 hours this morning. Between groups of birders and other people walking within the area, I managed a few shots of one of the birds. Next outing I must be in place before first light. Anyways, here is one of the images. I think that it is my best so far for this species. The background consists of tall grass on the shore of this small creek. As far as equipment needed; 300mm is the absolute minimum; this was shot with a 300 + 1.7x TC (for a total of 500mm) and the image has been cropped. I set up the blind about 5 metres from what seems to be one the birds favorite perches. Unfortunatly this bird landed on my "backup target" perch. I call it a backup perch as it is further away, about twice the distance from my primary target perch. Oh Boy, does one needs patience with some luck for this species. Thank you for looking. Best regards.