My Favorite Birding Pond this Afternoon

GuidenetGuidenet Posts: 239 Officer
All these shot were done between 3 PM and 4 PM this afternoon on January 8, 2012. Sunday at my pond.

All shots were also done with my Nikon D700 and my Nikon 80-200 f/2.8 AFD Zoom naked with no converters or filters. No HDR and just light PP in Photoshop CS5. I think most shots were using manual settings and f/2.8 with very fast shutter speeds approaching 8000th of a second on some. You can look at the EXIF for specifics if you're interested.

Understand, I've never had good luck catching Belted Kingfishers. Today is the first time, but they are still postage stamp sized crops, most over 100% so they are barely acceptable, yet I still love them.

This guys looking for fish.

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He tried to land right beside me.

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I love Wood Storks in Flight.

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Coming in for a landing.

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Dad bringing in the sticks for the nest.

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Coming in mom.

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Take this one and I'll go get another

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Kingfisher Series

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  • WaterEngineerWaterEngineer Posts: 24,415 AG
    Nice work Craig. Numbers 1,2 and 5 will work for me. Particularly number one - nice light. Those Belted Kingfishers are tough aren't they?
  • DustinDustin Posts: 99 Greenhorn
    #2 is a great shot. You definitely captured the moment. Too bad you didn't have the 300VR with a TC for the kingfisher shots! Those little guys are tough customers.
  • GuidenetGuidenet Posts: 239 Officer
    Dustin wrote: »
    #2 is a great shot. You definitely captured the moment. Too bad you didn't have the 300VR with a TC for the kingfisher shots! Those little guys are tough customers.

    I'd just never seen a Kingfisher there. If I had thought one was going to be there, I'd have brought my 500 f/4 and converter or like you said at least. If I'd had gong back to my truck, I at least had a 70-300 f/4-5.6 VC there but I'm not sure if moving down in IQ but up 100mm in length would have been worth it.
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  • Cane PoleCane Pole Stuart, FLAPosts: 9,841 Admiral
    Very nice Kingfishers.

    I woke up this morning and from my bed I could see a kingfisher out on my sable palm. No camera at home today though. ****! Very rare sighting.

    Those have always been my favorite bird.

    Someday.....
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  • Cane PoleCane Pole Stuart, FLAPosts: 9,841 Admiral
    Very nice Kingfishers.

    I woke up this morning and from my bed I could see a kingfisher out on my sable palm. No camera at home today though. ****! Very rare sighting.

    Those have always been my favorite bird.

    Someday.....
    Live music 7 nights a week: http://www.terrafermata.com/_events
  • mississippi macmississippi mac Posts: 4,222 Captain
    Craig T.,
    I like them all....
    the egrets and storks are stunning....

    a kinfisher is just plain tough to capture, no matter what glass you have stuck on your camera...
    i made a mission out of captuing a king...took 2 years before i stumbled up on one at the bayou next to our place...
    the guy actually stayed in place long enough to compose, and recompose....popped off about 50 frames...then he left...

    tim
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    if you can't catch a fish...catch a buzz....
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  • GuidenetGuidenet Posts: 239 Officer
    Craig T.,
    I like them all....
    the egrets and storks are stunning....

    a kinfisher is just plain tough to capture, no matter what glass you have stuck on your camera...
    i made a mission out of captuing a king...took 2 years before i stumbled up on one at the bayou next to our place...
    the guy actually stayed in place long enough to compose, and recompose....popped off about 50 frames...then he left...

    tim

    Tim, thank you for the kind words and I wish I'd been there with you on the Kingfisher.
    Cane Pole wrote: »
    Very nice Kingfishers.


    Those have always been my favorite bird.

    Someday.....

    Me too, pal. Me too. Hopefully, I'll get better shots of them someday myself.
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  • mississippi macmississippi mac Posts: 4,222 Captain
    Craig T.,

    this was my "moment"

    IMG_5411C.jpg

    tim
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  • GuidenetGuidenet Posts: 239 Officer
    Tim, that is so cool. I'm so envious. :hail:hail:hail
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  • ss13966ss13966 Posts: 9 Greenhorn
    A few weeks ago I went by the Anhinga Trail in Everglades National Park after shooting a sunrise to see if I could capture a few bird shots. I did not get any flying pictures but did get a few I liked with good lighting. I never have been able to capture a kingfisher. They have never let me get close enough or they are moving too fast. I need some longer and faster glass.

    Great Blue Heron Sounding the Alarm


    Anhinga Drying his Wings


    Great Blue Heron and Catfish
    Everglades, Big Cypress, Florida Keys Photography www.stephenshelleyphotography.com
  • mississippi macmississippi mac Posts: 4,222 Captain
    Stephen....
    not to be picky but the birds you are annotating as egrets are great blue herons.... ;)
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  • ss13966ss13966 Posts: 9 Greenhorn
    Thanks. I did not catch that I accidently misidentified it in the caption. I did the same thing on my website. Made the correction to the prior post.
    Everglades, Big Cypress, Florida Keys Photography www.stephenshelleyphotography.com
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