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Every year I try and think of something I can do differently in an attempt to improve my wildlife photography. For 2013 I've decided to try hiring out hides that belong to professional wildlife photographers in order to get some images of specieis I've otherwise struggled to photograph. My plan has not gone smoothly so far and it was not until early this month that I actually found myself in a hide that delivered on the promise.

These kingfishers were shot from a hide in Worcestershire, England. In the interests of disclosure, live fish were used as bait to attract the birds to perches in front of the hide.

Hope you enjoy these as much as I did taking them. As always C&C is most welcome!

No.1 A male looking rather fine...

http://ic2.pbase.com/o6/11/572611/1/149586867.oX2QuqZy.MaleKingfisher4854.JPG

No.2 And his partner who has caught some breakfast...

http://ic2.pbase.com/o6/11/572611/1/149586840.6NztGHJG.KingfisherwithFish4615.JPG

No.3 Here's the pair both looking down into the stream for more victims (female is on the right, male on the left):

http://ic2.pbase.com/o6/11/572611/1/149586838.3vWS56ue.KingfisherPair4629.JPG

No.4 A front view of the male:

http://ic2.pbase.com/o6/11/572611/1/149586862.9Ov0yAoi.MaleKingfisher4830.JPG

No.5 Gone fishing. This is as close to a diving shot as I managed.

http://ic2.pbase.com/o6/11/572611/1/149586835.6K21gvsO.KingfisherDive4656.JPG

No.6 Close up.

http://ic2.pbase.com/o6/11/572611/1/149586868.vHroCWCk.MaleKingfisher4857.JPG

No.7 & 8 The male certainly liked having his photo taken.

http://ic2.pbase.com/o6/11/572611/1/149586841.ipCe72EY.MaleKingfisher4729.JPG

http://ic2.pbase.com/o6/11/572611/1/149586850.LMiASyaB.MaleKingfisher4789.JPG

Thanks for looking,
Paul.



Apr 12, 2013 at 06:16 PM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · Kingfishers


Nice work on all of these...great detail and color. The pair in #3 must be a rare find...nice capture.


Apr 12, 2013 at 06:48 PM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · Kingfishers


Best KF I have seen. You got all the angle, the action. Lovey perch and the background. Awesome detail and color. I love them all.

- Tam



Apr 12, 2013 at 07:10 PM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · Kingfishers


Beauties, Paul. Looks like it paid off.

Does this mean I should hire out my Bald Eagles hides?

Tony



Apr 12, 2013 at 07:19 PM
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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · Kingfishers


Hi, All fabulous images - great lighting, sharpness, interesting poses and good isolation from the background.

Richard



Apr 12, 2013 at 07:34 PM
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p.1 #6 · p.1 #6 · Kingfishers


Spectacular shots Paul. Beautiful colours and details.
David



Apr 12, 2013 at 07:42 PM
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p.1 #7 · p.1 #7 · Kingfishers


Wow, just beautiful Paul, some of the best KF's I've seen. You're going to make Lars jealous.


Apr 12, 2013 at 08:07 PM
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p.1 #8 · p.1 #8 · Kingfishers


love your kingfishers Paul


Apr 12, 2013 at 08:15 PM
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A lovely set, Paul, and a nice example of how planning, determination, and patience can pay off.

Greg



Apr 12, 2013 at 09:11 PM
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p.1 #10 · p.1 #10 · Kingfishers


Stunning set of KFs Paul, I love the KF that you have there. The beauty of these images I supposed had made you forget the troubles you were having before Love the ruffled looks of the male.


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p.1 #11 · p.1 #11 · Kingfishers


Stunning set Paul! The time in the hide was well worth it! #4 and #8 for me!

Charles



Apr 12, 2013 at 09:45 PM
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p.1 #12 · p.1 #12 · Kingfishers


Great shots Paul! KFs are hard to approach.

Art



Apr 12, 2013 at 09:57 PM
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p.1 #13 · p.1 #13 · Kingfishers


Good looking set, Paul.
Chris



Apr 12, 2013 at 10:33 PM
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p.1 #14 · p.1 #14 · Kingfishers


Gee, if I took these I would have to pinch myself if I was dreaming !
These are exquisite!!! BeeBalm



Apr 12, 2013 at 11:51 PM
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p.1 #15 · p.1 #15 · Kingfishers


Your patience certainly paid off here Paul. These are some beauties.

Mike



Apr 13, 2013 at 12:22 AM
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p.1 #16 · p.1 #16 · Kingfishers


What an excellent set Paul. Bright, sharp, interesting, and clean BGs. Guess you should expect that when you pay money to use the facilities. 1, 5, 7 are my favorites, with #1 being my overall pick. A very strong image imo.


Apr 13, 2013 at 12:30 AM
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p.1 #17 · p.1 #17 · Kingfishers


You out did yourself!!!

Mark



Apr 13, 2013 at 12:38 AM
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p.1 #18 · p.1 #18 · Kingfishers


A super set Paul. These are all great - nice and sharp with great detail and colors. The BGs are very nice too. I tried to pick, but it's tough. I'll go with 4 ~ Ron


Apr 13, 2013 at 01:02 AM
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p.1 #19 · p.1 #19 · Kingfishers


Incredible set!! Beautiful kingfishers. Looks like money worth spending Thanks for sharing.


Apr 13, 2013 at 02:00 AM
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p.1 #20 · p.1 #20 · Kingfishers


Fabulous images Paul, I would say this paid off in big dividends! To be that close to this lovely bird would be an amazing thrill. I have to get lucky this year with some, you have made me very envious of this opportunity you had, congrats on making in count

Fine color and details and exposure, what lens was this, I see 120-600 in the exif info??
Love the set, great perch, nice clean BG and it makes those color pop!

Karl



Apr 13, 2013 at 03:04 AM
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