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The Dive of the Pied Kingfisher

Posted by
~~~Ann~~~ (Nelson, New Zealand) on 8 February 2013 in Animal & Insect and Portfolio.

Introducing the Pied Kingfisher

Pied kingfishers hover far more than any other kingfisher species. They hold their trunk nearly vertical and beat their wings rapidly with their head and bill angled sharply down. The pied plumage is easy to distinguish - it is the only entirely black and white kingfisher (Source: BBC)

This is part of series of safari images from the Mara Triangle, the northwestern corner of Kenya's Masai Mara National Reserve. To see others click here.

Panasonic DMC-G3 1/2000 second F/9.0 ISO 160 600 mm (35mm equiv.)

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Akbar&Armaghan from Gorgan, Iran

Very nice photo

8 Feb 2013 6:16am

Tracy from Waipukurau, New Zealand

wow! good shot with the good old camera again!

8 Feb 2013 7:20am

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

A wonderful action shot Ann! Well done! ;-)

8 Feb 2013 2:03pm

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

Splendide instant, superbe lumière dans ses ailes. Belle journée.

8 Feb 2013 2:27pm

Marie-Line from Lille, France


8 Feb 2013 3:13pm

Mandar from Kudal, India


8 Feb 2013 3:26pm

Doug from Burnham-on-Sea, United Kingdom

This is incredible Ann a superb capture.
We have just had a presentation by David Boag at our camera club and as much as he's one of the pioneers of bird photography with the SLR this compares well. A five star shot that if there's any justice should be a spotlight.

8 Feb 2013 3:36pm

@Doug: Thanks Doug. Fortunately there were a couple of these pied kingfishers tirelessly diving over and over into a stream, so I had multiple opportunities. It took many tries to get a well focused image. It's a little darker than I would like, but the light was coming from behind silhouetting the bird. I'm pleased that at least some of the body markings are visible.

aaanouel from Heredia, Costa Rica

Excellent action shot, Ann.

8 Feb 2013 8:33pm

Panasonic DMC-G3
1/2000 second
ISO 160
600 mm (35mm equiv.)