Critique Giant Kingfisher.....DIVE!

Discussion in 'Birds' started by Butlerkid, Sep 13, 2017.

  1. Butlerkid

    Butlerkid Cafe Ambassador Moderator

    Apr 8, 2008
    Rutledge, Tennessee
    Taken on Lake Navaisha in Kenya.

    As always, comments and critiques welcomed!

    Handheld from a boat......D5 with 80-400 lens @ 400mm, 1/3200, f5.6, ISO 1600



    In flight




    Almost out of the water

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  2. OOOOOOH, nice! The portrait and the dive just rock!
  3. Incredible work Karen, you captured shots that very few of us have or perhaps ever will. To catch a diving KF the way you did is just incredible. And, what a cool looking KF nothing like we have around here for sure.
  4. Oh my, that is a beauty and you have really put together a great series.
  5. great catch.. nice shots.
  6. Ann_JS


    Feb 18, 2015
    New York State
    Excellent! A great sequence!
  7. wonderful the dive...exceptionally captured
  8. Allan


    Apr 21, 2006
    Nashua, NH
    Great images of a bird very hard to capture close up.
  9. Excellent set, Karen. I got some pretty good still pictures of those birds in Botswana, but no action shots like these. The third and fourth ones are especially nice.
  10. Great series! The only Kingfisher I've ever seen is the Belted Kingfisher.
  11. photogramps

    photogramps Guest

    Fantastic sequence Karen, love them :)
  12. Really nice Karen, these shots alone would justify the trip for me. Well done.
  13. jbird


    Jun 22, 2016
    Sugar Land, Texas
    Wonderful series. What is there not to like about it?
  14. Randy


    May 11, 2006
    exciting to look at especially the coming out shots
    and wow who thought the 80-400 was that good:)
    in a boat especially that lens is amazing and throw in the D5 AF, I'm envious
  15. Ah yes, the Kingfisher. We don't have this variety around these parts but I have spent many hours attempting to get something half this good. So far I am still trying. They are very, very skittish. Your pictures are absolutely fantastic. I only hope to accomplish something similar going forward. Well done!
  16. Butlerkid

    Butlerkid Cafe Ambassador Moderator

    Apr 8, 2008
    Rutledge, Tennessee

    So appreciate your comments!

    Thanks, Gordon! What a surprise when I chimped and found out that I had managed to keep the bird in the frame! LOL!

    Appreciate the comment, Bob!

    Hi, lady! Thanks! Hope we see good activity in Costa Rica!

    Thank you!

    Thanks, Allan.

    Thank you, Jim. I usually feel like the queen of "birds on a stick" photos!

    I'd never seen this kind either. I was happy to just see it dive!

    Thanks, Roger. I'm usually admiring YOUR images!

    Although we saw a LOT of cheetahs (hunting and making a kill), lions (mating!), leopards, giraffes, elephants, etc.....A few bird photo ops made the trip for me! LOL!

    Appreciate it. I'm always a bit nervous about posting images. Glad these "made the grade"! LOL!

    Appreciate the comments, Randy! Yes, being in a boat made it a bit more of a challenge. The 200-500 is tempting me (a friend had one on the trip...), but the 80-400 is no slouch! I think the 80-400 is a wee bit faster focusing. LOVE the D5!

    This was my first time successfully shooting a kingfisher. Probably more luck than skill! LOL!

    Thanks so much everyone! MORE TO COME..................
  17. Excellent!! I really like the detail you've captured in #1.
  18. Stunning images, what a trip THAT must have been.
  19. Butlerkid

    Butlerkid Cafe Ambassador Moderator

    Apr 8, 2008
    Rutledge, Tennessee
    Thanks, Mitchell!
    We had a great time and had lots of photo ops!
  20. Great sequence! Perfect timing and incredible sharpness.
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