Big Cloud, Little Bird

It is always fun to photograph Belted Kingfishers. But they are very small birds that are usually very skittish. So it is hard to get closeups of them. But I noticed this Kingfisher way off in the distance when we were at J.N. Ding Darling NWR. I liked the large cloud background accenting the small Kingfisher. The featured image was captured with a 400mm DO lens on a Canon 7D (Full Frame FOV ~ 640mm)

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Slightly cropped for closer view


More Extreme crop of above images


Another view. Liked the raised wing. Extreme crop


Belted Kingfisher Fishing

I am cleaning up and going through my external hard drives and came upon this image of a Belted Kingfisher trying to catch a meal, photographed years ago. This is an image as it hit the water. It is interesting to see the large water splash from the impact of the small Kingfisher! Unfortunately it is a severe crop because it was on the other side of a small lake, but I still thought it was interesting to see. So please excuse the “roughness” of the image!

Sleeping Mute Swans At Brigantine

When we first got to the Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge, Brigantine Division in Oceanville, NJ, it was an overcast day and very early in the am. On the first leg of the Wildlife Drive, by Gull Pond, I found these sleeping Swans. I was photographing them and then they started to move around giving me a few more options for photos. Then I heard a piercing rattle and knew it was a Belted Kingfisher. It landed a few trees away from me, but I was able to get a few images, even though it was not large in the frame and had poor light before it flew on. I wish it had been a little sunnier, but I got what I could. All images here were with a Canon R, 400mm f/4 DO lens with a Series III 1.4X teleconverter.

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