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Old Monday 18th May 2015, 10:30   #1
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The Elusive Kingfisher

Never have I seen a more rare and elusive bird than the Kingfisher. I came across this beautiful bird by chance. It is impossible to see it with the naked eye on the river where these kingfishers live. One has to see them via binoculars or zoomed in camera lens. They are ever so difficult to photograph too. One has to be extremely patient, keep still and stand or sit in stress positions for hours!

I managed to capture 2 shots in so many weeks if not months of trying.

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Old Friday 26th June 2015, 07:20   #2
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Wow , great shots! I've seen a few Kinfishers , but it does require a lot of patience to spot one. I once went to RSPB Ham Wall and around the main hide are reeds , and on one of the reeds was a beautfiul male kingfisher. He was about 2 meters away from us , be he seemed totally relaxed and stayed for 10 minutes!
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Old Tuesday 14th July 2015, 18:30   #3
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really great! I am glad you got the shots after all that work. Also you have some beautiful pictures on your Flickr feed I just started to follow you there.
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Old Tuesday 11th August 2015, 16:35   #4
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Perches, that's all you need (no, not the fish). I have over 100 pics of our local KF, but then I have a hide and several perches pushed into the river bank (at 45 deg overhanging the river with the end 75-100cm above the water surface). I was once given the tip of doing that and putting a bowl of mealworms underneath, covered in a perspex plate to look like food under a water surface. I soon found out I just needed the perch and a lot of patience, if you are on their usual rat run they will readily take a rest on anything overhanging the river.
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Old Tuesday 11th August 2015, 18:53   #5
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I was once given the tip of doing that and putting a bowl of mealworms underneath, covered in a perspex plate to look like food under a water surface. I soon found out I just needed the perch and a lot of patience, if you are on their usual rat run they will readily take a rest on anything overhanging the river.
I'm OK with the perch, hide and patience but whoever gave you the perspex covered plate tip needs to curb his/her ego! This could easily cause concussion or worse for the Kingfisher. Golden rule of bird photography - always put the bird first!
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Old Thursday 3rd September 2015, 20:28   #6
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I'm OK with the perch, hide and patience but whoever gave you the perspex covered plate tip needs to curb his/her ego! This could easily cause concussion or worse for the Kingfisher. Golden rule of bird photography - always put the bird first!
Quite agree, that's an incredibly stupid piece of advice.
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Old Friday 30th October 2015, 13:20   #7
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I'll be the first to admit I'm unsure of the rarity of the Kingfisher in the UK vs Luxembourg, but I'll vouch for the fact that this shot appeared to take a lifetime! As a personal favourite, I've been trying to photograph the elusive Kingfisher for many months. I managed to bag this rushed and just in focus shot at a local nature reserve the other week. Absolutely made my day...

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Old Sunday 1st November 2015, 00:57   #8
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We had some in our compound, they were very difficult to spot, and I'm not sure if they're still there because we haven't seen them in a while. They're very fast and don't keep still for long.
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Old Saturday 6th February 2016, 15:21   #9
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Some very nice shots.
We have kingfishers down at our local river way, in Alton in Hampshire
Might just see if i can get some shots.
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Old Thursday 3rd March 2016, 21:07   #10
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Hey, you're link isn't working here.

I admire the patience that people got that took these kind of shots. I can imagine that you sometimes go hide somewhere for hours and then return home with no pictures. I might give it a try soon, I've seen a few in the Oostvaardersplassen in the Netherlands
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Old Saturday 5th March 2016, 02:48   #11
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I know, they're so difficult to photograph! They tend to perch places where you can't see them well as well.
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Old Sunday 13th March 2016, 17:14   #12
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Lovely birds and two great photos. Number one shades it for me.
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Old Monday 11th April 2016, 17:19   #13
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I'm a keen angler and it's always a welcome site to see a KF whilst fishing , I've seen a few over the years
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Ridiculously good photos... I'm in ewe, the kingfisher is firmly on my wish list
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Ridiculously good photos... I'm in ewe, the kingfisher is firmly on my wish list
Claire, hopefully you are in awe (unless you really are expecting lambs!)

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Claire, hopefully you are in awe (unless you really are expecting lambs!)

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Hahaha what a wally (me) ... Yes hopefully I'm not lambing any time soon
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