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White-throated Kingfisher

Discussion in 'Birds' started by Phil K, Jul 14, 2007.

  1. Like many of you, Kingfishers are my nemesis. Today was a good day in terms of spotting, as we saw several White-throated KF. But in terms of photography, it's still not very satisfactory as I couldn't get a good capture. They either landed at the wrong spots, facing the wrong direction, under the wrong light, or I messed up with the focus, shutter speed or exposure. :mad: 

    Still want to share with you this beautiful bird. All handheld 200VR + TC20. All cropped.

    NIKON D2X    ---    400mm    f/4.5    1/750s    ISO 200

    NIKON D2X    ---    400mm    f/4.5    1/750s    ISO 200

    NIKON D2X    ---    400mm    f/4.5    1/1250s    ISO 200

    NIKON D2X    ---    400mm    f/6.3    1/350s    ISO 200

    NIKON D2X    ---    400mm    f/6.3    1/250s    ISO 200
  2. Be happy to get shots this close. :smile:

    Like you mention, many of us would be very happy with those shots.
  3. Gale


    Jan 26, 2005
    Viera Fl
    Great to get those shots Phil.
    Nice job.
    He is much prettier than ours

    But I take it still a devil bird:>)))))
  4. tech1961


    Jan 28, 2007
    Houston Tx.
    Wow Phil that is a very colorful bird. Nice Job.

    Those are great Phil, I know how difficult they can be and you have my respect!!
  6. Any shot of a kingfisher is a good shot. These birds always seem so heavily weighted in the area of their beak as to make them seem off balanced. Congratulations on getting these shots Phil, keep it up and you will freeze one yet.
  7. Glacier


    Jan 17, 2006
    Boaz, Alabama

    I really like #2. The eye appears to be sharp enough and the slightly blurred wings add some good tension to the image. Your dream shot will happen one day!
  8. Thank you Allan. They are really elusive. These shots are all heavy crops.

    Thank you Gale. We have several colorful KF here, and all are devils. :biggrin:

    Thank you Jimmy. They are really beautiful, especially in flight.
  9. Thank you Gary. They always landed on the trees that were just too far away.

    Thank you Gordon. I am working very hard and hope to get one that is close and clear enough.

    Thank you Andy. That one was shot from the sun roof of the car and it took off while I was still trying to balance myself.
  10. Well done Phil but they sure look a lot different from the ones we have.
  11. Thank you Lou. I notice that there are several very colorful KF here that are not found in US. They are all very elusive.
  12. TimK


    Apr 17, 2006
    Hong Kong, China
    Nice shots! It seems the 200VR works quite well with the TC too.
  13. Flew


    Jan 25, 2005
    I agree with the other posters Phil. Any K-F shot is worth getting. I really like #2 and #3. Well done.
  14. Hey Bro. Thanks for finding the place.

    Thank you Frank. I was thrilled spotting them and capturing was a bonus. I will try to get better shots next time.
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