The Most Intrepid of Birds (Three Photographs)

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All of the Belted Kingfishers I have seen have noticed my presence and flown off instantly. And they fly fast, very fast. I have seen shots of them in flight and I am in awe. There is a run-off pond at the nature reserve we visit. We always stop there and have seen foxes and other interesting things. We were told a Kingfisher had taken up residence on a pole in the water so off we went and no sooner had we seen it it flew off. Over the course of weeks we made return visits. We met people who took lawn chairs and tripods and waited (to no avail) for it to return. I took to marching down the path with camera to my eye and taking the shot if I saw the bird and hoping I got it. Over those several weeks I got four shots of the bird, three are here. In my favorite shot above, its eyelid is down hence the grey eye! The darn bird may come back and I may get other shots, but it is certainly an elusive target.

Belted Kingfisher-2

Belted Kingfisher-3


21 responses

  1. Wow! What a beautiful bird – I’m so glad you managed to photograh it.


    November 2, 2015 at 1:33 am

  2. Perseverance rewarded. Good luck for more shots.


    November 2, 2015 at 2:11 am

  3. Frustration vs. Patience?


    November 2, 2015 at 12:17 pm

  4. TPJ

    One of my favorite birds. Great shots.


    November 2, 2015 at 2:22 pm

  5. Yes, very shy and elusive. BTW, the first shot is a male, the other two female (males have no rusty sides) so it looks like you’ve captured a breeding pair!


    November 2, 2015 at 4:19 pm

  6. They are fast. I have seen some but never had time to use my camera!


    November 2, 2015 at 8:21 pm

  7. Your perseverance paid off! I love hearing them when I visit Orcas Island, and watch their flight/feeding pattern with awe. Never have seen one sitting still or up close like this. Bravo!


    November 2, 2015 at 8:24 pm

  8. I ADORE these birds! We have some (or one?) that sits out on a tree above the pond and dive bombs in the pond to search for food. Fun to watch!


    November 3, 2015 at 9:49 am

  9. Great shots! I always love hearing them announce their presence when we walk along the Lehigh river. Coolest looking birds!


    November 8, 2015 at 3:05 pm

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