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Till yesterday I'd never had a good opportunity to photograph a kingfisher. Shortly after I arrived at the East Pond Blind in Jamaica Bay National Wildlife Refuge, this juvenile female kingfisher landed on a branch near the blind and then began to fish and do her thing.



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110317DSC_4616_DxO by Morris Bennett Altman, on Flickr



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110317DSC_4633_PNR by Morris Bennett Altman, on Flickr



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110317DSC_4571_DxO by Morris Bennett Altman, on Flickr



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110317DSC_4708B by Morris Bennett Altman, on Flickr



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110317DSC_4712_DxO by Morris Bennett Altman, on Flickr



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110317DSC_4718_DxO by Morris Bennett Altman, on Flickr



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110317DSC_4722_DxO by Morris Bennett Altman, on Flickr



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110317DSC_4723_DxO by Morris Bennett Altman, on Flickr



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110317DSC_4737_DxO by Morris Bennett Altman, on Flickr



I can't fit my flash with camera through the blind portal so I have to lift the shadows in post. The image of the bird coming out of the water is focus stacked with the head from the frame after the rest of the image. It is amazing how fast these birds are and this one did not come out of the water the same place it went in require crazy fast reaction on my part and challenged even my D500 + Sigma 150-600 Sport to acquire and track the subject. I still managed to get about 90% of the flight photos in focus.

Comments and suggestions welcome,

Morris



Nov 04, 2017 at 01:13 PM
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It's always nice when a bird gives you this kind of chances!
I still don't have pictures of the belted KF, good job Morris.



Nov 04, 2017 at 01:14 PM
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One for each photo

Edited on Nov 04, 2017 at 03:36 PM · View previous versions



Nov 04, 2017 at 03:33 PM
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Morris,

Wonderful series~

~Mansur



Nov 04, 2017 at 03:36 PM
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A great set Morris. I have managed to get a few decent KF shots over the years, but nothing of this quality ~ Ron


Nov 04, 2017 at 09:08 PM
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Well done!
BOB



Nov 04, 2017 at 09:14 PM
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Very nice, Morris.


Nov 04, 2017 at 09:56 PM
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Awesome shots I hate this bird very hard to get a good shot its fast and small

Bill



Nov 04, 2017 at 10:03 PM
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Fortune did shine on you Morris !! You took advantage of the wonderful opportunity. Wonderful set.

Birdie



Nov 05, 2017 at 12:10 AM
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Very nicely done Morris, I know how challenging KF's can be to get a decent shot of, good job.


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Great job at nailing the kingfisher Morris.

TFS
Geoff



Nov 05, 2017 at 04:10 AM
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I guess that last shot is "illegal" on the Forum !!
But I'm sure glad you got it in. It's just weird, so therefore my favourite.
Don



Nov 05, 2017 at 05:02 AM
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awesome job on the kingfisher Morris


Nov 05, 2017 at 09:04 AM
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Very nice set, Ron. They are so very fast and unpredictable!


Nov 05, 2017 at 01:22 PM
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Wow, what a neat experience. I hardly ever get to see them close like that.


Nov 05, 2017 at 01:41 PM
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Nice series Morris. I had seen this KF by the blind when I visited but he stayed up in the branches nearby. Glad you got him perched close.


Nov 05, 2017 at 09:47 PM
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juankgigo wrote:
It's always nice when a bird gives you this kind of chances!
I still don't have pictures of the belted KF, good job Morris.


Thank you Juan,
You will simply have to visit NYC to get a photo of a belted kingfisher

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Dragonfire wrote:
One for each photo


Thank you Frank,
I'ts a good think I limited the size of the post or you would be feeling like you went to the dentist

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conebeam wrote:
Morris,

Wonderful series~

~Mansur


Thank you Mansur

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surfnron wrote:
A great set Morris. I have managed to get a few decent KF shots over the years, but nothing of this quality ~ Ron


Thank you Ron,
Come and visit, Jamaica Bay is about as good as Nickerson Beach

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Bobg657 wrote:
Well done!
BOB


Thank you Bob

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Fred Amico wrote:
Very nice, Morris.


Thank you Fred

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birdied wrote:
Fortune did shine on you Morris !! You took advantage of the wonderful opportunity. Wonderful set.

Birdie


Thank you Roberta,
A good friend tells me he was there the day before and it spent all the time one tree too far over

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louie champan wrote:
Very nicely done Morris, I know how challenging KF's can be to get a decent shot of, good job.


Thank you Louie,
I did not know how fast they are

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arbitrage wrote:
Great job at nailing the kingfisher Morris.

TFS
Geoff


Thank you Geoff

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DonGut wrote:
I guess that last shot is "illegal" on the Forum !!
But I'm sure glad you got it in. It's just weird, so therefore my favourite.
Don


, thank you Don,
It was shivering

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kmunroe wrote:
awesome job on the kingfisher Morris


Thank you Kenny

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butlerkid wrote:
Very nice set, Ron. They are so very fast and unpredictable!


I'm shore that Ron would have loved to have taken this set Karen.

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Greg Lavaty wrote:
Wow, what a neat experience. I hardly ever get to see them close like that.


Thank you Greg,
It was a treat

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steve_a_reno wrote:
Nice series Morris. I had seen this KF by the blind when I visited but he stayed up in the branches nearby. Glad you got him perched close.


Thank you Steve,
My friends tell me she is putting on quite a show

Morris



Nov 06, 2017 at 11:54 PM
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1 and 9 are my picks, Morris. Glad you had such a great opportunity.
Rex



Nov 07, 2017 at 01:32 AM
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Wonderful shots Morris, they are so hard to get.

Vic



Nov 07, 2017 at 03:26 AM
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surgemaster wrote:
1 and 9 are my picks, Morris. Glad you had such a great opportunity.
Rex


thank you Rex,
Capturing her shivering was quite a moment

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viczig wrote:
Wonderful shots Morris, they are so hard to get.

Vic


Thank you Vic,
It took super concentration and strained my the AF of my D500 and Sigma 150-600 Sport

Morris



Nov 09, 2017 at 12:59 PM
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