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Dive Dive Dive !

Another couple of mornings spent down at the stream in Reymerston with up to 3 Kingfishers, although one female is the constant star. Now every time when I arrive at the spot before dawn she is already there looking for fish, and my presence doesn't seem to bother her too much as I can get quite close before she moves off. The farmer has put a small herd of bullocks in the field which use the Kingfisher feeding spot as a watering hole, so now I have to keep a wary eye out for them as well as they have chased me off once already!

  

 

Even though the stream has plenty of fish, I always take some sticklebacks and put them in a colander set just below the water, which allows me to manual focus on a spot with a remote camera so I can fire that when she dives. After many visits trying different angles for the light and focus plane, I feel I am homing in on some good shots, it really is a privilege spending time with these little birds and watching them go about their morning routine, I almost feel like an honorary Kingfisher now!! I have the 1 DX set up with a 70-200 on a special remote spike I can push into the mud, this camera has great ISO properties with low noise for the higher shutter speeds needed. I then sit about 10M away with my 7D Mk2 set up on a tripod with a 500 lens and a 1.4 converter. When the morning sun comes up with no cloud, the light is perfect on this area, allowing me to get the nice fish eating shots on various perches.

Im happy with these latest shots, but I think I can zoom in the remote camera a bit more so I dont have to crop too much, so good excuse to go back again…..and again!!!

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