Last year, I tried to photograph the kingfishers with a wide-angle lens. I had the camera mounted on a tripod in the water and sat under a camocloth with the remote in my hand. Unfortunately, the chicks had fledged the day before and 4 (!) of them sat on a branch not far from my position. With the camera in the water, all I could do was smile and enjoy the unique view.

This year, I knew for sure that the chicks were still in the nest. So again I positioned the camera in the water, very close to the favorite perch of the male.

It did not take long before he landed exactly where I wanted. The shutterclicks did not bother him at all. Between visits, I could even rearrange the setup for different results. In the end, I liked this one best, with the male perpendicular to the lens and a good sense of the habitat in the background.

It’s all over for this year, hopefully new chances next year. Although I love harsh winters for my own photography, it is literally killing for the kingfisher population. I hope several chicks from this years broods will survive and use the same nesting wall again next spring. ‘Till then, my freshwater gems!

Common Kingfisher; Canon 1D Mark III w. 17-40/4 L; 1/30s at F8 and ISO800; Tripod and remote.


  • Hi,

    The bird is looking so cute, we can enjoy the wild life with family and friends. Wildlife photographer always have biggest journey of his life as he embarks on a professional photography career. Thanks a lot.

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