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    Kingfisher

    Background story
    I set myself goals to strike or milestones to reach, difficulties to bring me forward, something to work for. Otherwise I would sit on my lazy a** and didn't do anything. This is the only way to get better in things you do. A few goals for me were to make a decent macro photo or some semi professional portraits. Another, quite difficult task was/is wildlife birds. I started with some "Blue Tits" in my garden (as you can see in my photostream). Another big step would be wild predator birds (there are a lot of them around) and a final task, a prestige goal for a master degree would be some rare and shy birds like kingfisher. These goals were to far for me because of my current gear, I thought. I have a 300mm lens and a 1.4x teleconverter which is nothing compared to the "pros". 600mm or 800mm and a converter are a must for this job. But here it is, I managed to get this descent photo with my 300mm and my Nikon D300. In my eyes, the best shot I made so far in my life. I think 600mm would be the best lens to get the full size of the kingfisher. But I like this smaller view with the branch.

    Story
    Went to the nearby lake again for some bird shots. I though about ducks and swans but when I reached the area I saw this little guy in the middle of the lake on a small island of wood and branches. He flew away when he saw me but I kept running around to search more birds and animals and when I came back he was sitting there again but flew away as soon as he saw me. So I set down in the grass and waited for him. I saw him flying around a lot and finally he sat down again right in front f me. This is the result.

    Tech
    Nikon D300
    Nikkor 300mm F4 + Kenko Teleconverter x1.4
    Monopod
    No Flash
    Camouflage outfit but no tent or net

    1. Rodney Rock 75 months ago | reply

      I am glad you waited nice shot 5 stars.

    2. blubbla 75 months ago | reply

      Ein Traumbild!

    3. ©Helminadia Ranford 75 months ago | reply

      Brilliant capture...beautiful bird!

    4. emortality 75 months ago | reply

      super gut, ben!

    5. Rolf F. 75 months ago | reply

      das licht ist echt toll! spot auf den kleinen :)

    6. Teymur Visuals 75 months ago | reply

      bloody awesome!!! oh and I need a pic of you in camo :-D

    7. pasowino 75 months ago | reply

      This is an excellent shot. Your patience really paid off. The lighting on him is perfect. Congrats on such a great shot!

    8. Aphelion Art 68 months ago | reply

      love this shot! May I use it for the creation of my art?

    9. Eddy.H 60 months ago | reply

      cool, wusste garnicht dass es sowas an der Bigge gibt.

      Very schön!

    10. Emmog 53 months ago | reply

      Beautiful shot
      Emmog

    11. Gareth Scanlon 48 months ago | reply

      Absolutely outstanding. LOVE IT.

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