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Belted Kingfisher

Belted Kingfisher
Photo Information
Copyright: Stephen Mahlstedt (smahlst) Silver Note Writer [C: 1 W: 0 N: 14] (74)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-02
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 10D (since sold), Canon 400mm f/2.8 IS (since sold)
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/250 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-06-17 4:03
Viewed: 3570
Points: 8
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I got this shot at Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel Island, Florida. I know that Belted Kingfishers are fairly common waterside birds in North America, but this is my only photograph of one and I was excited when I captured it. I didn't grow up near lakes or rivers, so I didn't see fishing birds like Heron, Egret or Kingfishers. The Kingfishers are so great looking, with their big heads and beaks and spiked hair. What's not to love about this funny little guy? :)

For this shot I used a Canon 400mm f/2.8 lens with a 2x teleconverter (800mm focal length) resting on a bean bag on my car door

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amazing bird, wonderful model

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  • Arjun Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 358 W: 7 N: 1237] (7593)
  • [2008-06-17 10:04]

hi stephen,
very nice picture..lovely composition too.great POV and BG is amazing.
Sharpness is very soft on the bird.

Hi Stephen,

Kingfishers are always very diffucult to capture. This Belted species looks really funny. Good composition, pose, POV and sharp details.



stephen - nice shot, good composition... was it heavily cropped??? mark

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