Thursday, 4 October 2012

Kingfishers in the Sun!

The weather forecast was for some good sunshine today so I made a brief visit to Reedbed hide at Stodmarsh again in the hope the Kingfisher would return and enable me to capture a few shots in the sun. I had not been in the hide long when Steve Ashton arrived and after a few minutes the call of a Kingfisher could be heard nearby. With the sun now shining the Kingfisher appeared and landed on one of the close posts to the hide. With the colours shining beautifully in the sun the camera was soon in some serious action and a number of pleasing shots were obtained. The Kingfisher continued to fish from both post and caught a couple of fish before eventually moving off just as Tim Gutsell got into position with his camera. This has got to be one of the best birding moments anyone can witness, a cracking Kingfisher at close range in the sunlight. Other birds noted this morning were 1 Jay, 1 Marsh Harrier, 2 Great White Egrets with one landing in the pool not far from the hide allowing a few shots before a Grey Heron moved into to flush it off. There were a few Cormorant in the trees, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Goldcrest, 1 drake Mandarin flew east and a few Lapwing moving west.






17 comments:

  1. Amazing colours on the Kingfisher, and how sharp.

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  2. Nice shots Marc. After you left the hide got really busy and I waited until 11 ish before leaving for work. I returned at 3.00pm and the bird had still not been back since our sighting. After a couple of minutes of being back the Kingfisher made its second visit of the day. Given the bird only put in two appearances throughout the day I think we were very lucky.

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  3. Excellent again Marc and a great encounter, I certainly agree just one of the sights that makes our hobby such a privileged one!!

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  4. Glad you got your sun shots! Gorgeous! The Kingfisher's colors really come out in the bright light.

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  5. Estas otras fotos del Martin pescador son aun mas bonitas que las otras.Saludos

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  6. WOW. Lovely shots, the colours are amazing.

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  7. Marc ,
    I haven't stopped viewing your blog , I've just run out of superlatives to respond to your photographic skill .

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  8. Hi Marc,
    Love that third shot down, real picture postcard stuff.

    All the best,
    Marcus

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  9. Brilliant Marc, just brilliant.

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  10. Hello Marc,
    These shots are fantastic!!
    It's so amazing to see this wonderful kingfisher with his brightly colors.
    This is enjoyment. Great shots, well done!!

    Greetings, Marco

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  11. absolutely love those kingfisher shots - fantastic amongst the best I've ever seen!

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