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Boblou

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The other day I also managed to capture an image of a female Belted Kingfisher....... Not the greatest image since she was at quite a distance from me and I didn't have a long enough lens nor a tripod, nor probably the right settings.....I was just tickled to see and photograph her at all, as normally she zips around the lake and there has been no opportunity to capture her being at rest for even a moment.

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Not easy to catch.
Well done.
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Clix Pix

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Thank you all! I wish that I had been able to get closer -- 560mm was not long enough a reach -- and that I had had my tripod or at least something to support the lens to increase stability, but there was nothing around where I was standing and there were no other good positions from which to get the shot, so I made do with what I had. I was just thrilled to actually be able to get any shots of the normally elusive kingfisher at all!
 

Tipton

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The other day I also managed to capture an image of a female Belted Kingfisher.......

Honestly that is a good picture. I find kingfishers are one of the hardest birds to get a good picture of. They even taunt you!
 

Ziggy99

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Thank you all! I wish that I had been able to get closer -- 560mm was not long enough a reach -- and that I had had my tripod or at least something to support the lens to increase stability, but there was nothing around where I was standing and there were no other good positions from which to get the shot, so I made do with what I had. I was just thrilled to actually be able to get any shots of the normally elusive kingfisher at all!
At 1/250s you will get bird movement and that's most likely why the image is soft. Your rig will produce sharp croppable images handheld. Set your shutter at 1/1000s, set OSS to #1 or Off, and see the difference.
If the light is marginal I recommend a burst of shots even with static subjects. The AF accuracy isn't the best on these bodies and it will keep working during the burst so you pick the sharpest shot when you cull.
 

Clix Pix

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Thank you both, Tipton and Ziggy! Those kingfishers are fast, elusive little birdies, aren't they?! Yes, I had earlier been shooting a cormorant who was standing quietly on a rock and then suddenly saw the kingfisher zip by, watched where she landed (high on a branch not all that close to me) and I was so excited it's a wonder I got any shots at all! LOL! I think my OSS was already set at 1, but yeah, that shutter speed was waaay too slow! Should've been in Shutter Priority rather than Aperture Priority. I was in Continuous High burst mode, which I usually set when I am pretty sure I'll be seeing some of our local feathered residents. It has paid off when my favorite GBH, who had been standing around in the water suddenly decided to take off one day and I did capture the sequence, which would have been impossible without being in burst mode.

The kingfisher has been around the lake most of the summer and I've seen her flying around here-and-there but never was close enough or fast enough to capture any sort of image of her at all. This was a real surprise to me and when I got home I pulled out my copy of "Birds of Virginia" to verify that, yes, indeed, this was a Belted Kingfisher!
 

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Bald eagle scared the crap out of a Blue Heron today.

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