Kingfishers - at last!


Link Posted 07/09/2011 - 15:15
Well, have been very busy with my photography for the last couple of months, mainly working out and setting up a website & blog to share my images and also for the last 5-6 weeks or so getting up before dawn at least 2-3 days a week in the hunt for the elusive kingfisher!

A friend who is a fisherman gave us the location and on my first proper early morning visit had seen one so knew where to camp up the next time. To cut a long story short on at least 12 pre-dawn visits lying in the tent waiting for at least 3 hours at a time the kingfishers always landed on a different stick to the one I was camped out in front of!

The last 2 visits though I decided to go for a walk up stream and try my luck elsewhere and it didn't take too long for them to land on the stick in front of me, so finally I have some images that I'm happy with! These are my favourites so far, there are some more on the kingfisher gallery on my website here.






Link Posted 07/09/2011 - 15:28
Welcome back!

Those were certainly worth the wait. Congratulations!

Like the website too .


Link Posted 07/09/2011 - 15:46
Super set. Well done Danny. Don't you just love that blue stripe down the back



Link Posted 07/09/2011 - 16:17
Beautiful shots - your patience and dedication are well rewarded.

On a dark desert highway, cool Pentax K5 in my hand.
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K5 & 18-55 Kit lens, K7, Pentax 18-250mm lens, Sigma 10-20mm lens, Sigma 105mm Macro lens, Pentax 50mm 1.7 lens, Cokin P Series Filters


Link Posted 07/09/2011 - 16:24
Cant fault them in anyway. Great captures....
K5's (2)both gripped, K10d gripped, Pentax 28-90 f3.5, Sigma 18-250mm, Sigma 150-500mm. Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG Macro, Sigma 10-20 f.4-5.6.EX DC, Hoya 135 f2.8, Take on 28mm f2.8 Pentax AF360 flash, 2 fill in slaves. 30 metre remote release, Rt angle viewfinder, Giotto NOT 3261B Tripod with Manfrotto 808Rd4 ball head, Manfroto 4861RC2 monopoly, shoulder stock, various filters etc, Panasonic SET HBS HD Video cam, Tamrac Explorer 8x backpack and a sore back.....
Photography is an index for measuring futility and pride.......




Link Posted 07/09/2011 - 16:50
Great shots there,but the reed warbler still does it for me.


Link Posted 08/09/2011 - 04:07
Totaly jealous here, well done.
C&C welcome.


Link Posted 08/09/2011 - 12:25
Excellent shots

If there is a problem with them I can't spot one

Oh well - I now need to forget these to stop jealousy ruining my day
K10D, K5 plus plenty of clueless enthusiasm.

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Link Posted 08/09/2011 - 12:28
Very nice Danny! New site looks great too.
AF - Pentax K5, Sigma 10-20/4-5.6, Tamron 17-50/2.8, Sigma 30/1.4, Sigma 70-200/2.8, Tamron 70-300/4-5.6
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Link Posted 08/09/2011 - 16:00
Lovely shots. Well done you.

Very envious....

Pentax K3

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Link Posted 08/09/2011 - 21:31
Beautifully captured in all its shimmering glory

For your next challenge I suggest the elusive, and reclusive, bittern



Link Posted 09/09/2011 - 10:28
Many thanks for the kind words everyone, always appreciated!

They were a labour of love and will probably remain so in the future. Will keep you up to date when I get out again!

Would also love to know what people think of the website as the 1st thing I've found out is how time consuming and labourious it can be so things can be easily missed! The main issue I quickly realised after concentrating on uploading the images is that there is not enough text to go with them so that is where my main efforts will be for the immediate future.

Any tips, advice or recommendations you can share (it's a Wordpress based site) will be warmly received!


PS Bitterns are now on the to do list!



Link Posted 09/09/2011 - 13:10
Some beautiful captures (both here and on your website) of a gorgeous bird .... so pleased for you that your patience paid off ! Pentax. Pentax DA*300/4, Cosina 55/1.2, Lens Baby Composer Pro & Edge 80, AFA x1.7, Metz 50 af1.
Nikon. D800. D600. Sigma 500/4.5, Nikon 300/2.8 VRII, Sigma 120-300/2.8, Zeiss Distagon ZF2 21/2.8, Zeiss Distagon ZF2 35/2.0, Sigma 50/1.4, Nikkor 85/1.8, Nikon TC20EIII, Nikon TC14EII, Kenko x1.4, Sigma 2.0


Link Posted 09/09/2011 - 14:33
Lovely shots! The website is looking good, too!

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Link Posted 09/09/2011 - 15:36
What lovely shots. I've only seen a Kingfisher once and then it was just that flash of bright blue. You're far more patient than I could ever be!

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