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Pied Kingfisher

Pied Kingfisher
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njkerosky December 12, 2014
Magnificent!!! Congrats! Kingfishers are hard to catch!
ybbag420 December 12, 2014

Behind The Lens

This was taken in the Kruger National Park in South Africa.
Early morning while driving over a bridge I spotted this little fellow, he was fishing and kept coming back to the railing, almost inviting me to take his photo.
The morning light seemed to highlight his feathers, and I wanted to use this to show his intricate layers and form.
This shot was with a Nikon D40 with a 300mm Sigma lens, it was hand held (as tripods don't do well in a vehicle), but used a bean bag as a support over the car window.
His pose and the lighting made for a good shot, and the intensity of his gaze as he watched for any fish movement in the water below.
Very little post processing was done other than slight cropping.
In my camera bag
My trusty Nikon D40, Sigma 300mm lens, filters and my kit lens. As I shoot loads of pics in the park, I carry extra SD cards, camera batteries and all necessary cables. nothing worse than either running out of battery or cards where there are no shops around to replace them. A smallish bean bag, which I use over the window in the car instead of a tripod, this also reduces the amount of vibration when the engine is running.
The Kruger Park is a very special place, early morning or late afternoon are the ideal times for not only taking pics, but seeing the game the park has to offer. Temperatures rise during the day and the animals and birds seem to hide in the shade and rest during the heat of the day, so it is advisable for you to do the same. The best time of year is about June to July, during the dryer season. Animals and birds are more likely to find the river beds for water as there won't be that much in the dense bush, therefore you are more likely to see the wonders of the park.

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