Return of the KingI’m currently a bit in a slow mode photography wise. Over the last weeks, I put most of my energy and creativity into placing a fixed hide in a local forest with the idea to set up a permanent feeding station and drinking/bathing pool for songbirds, raptors and roe deer.

Now that the hide is in place and I’ve started the feeding, I’ll have to sit and wait if/when the birds show up and make plans for the kind of images I want to create there. But as I suffer from a severe index finger itch, I have to take some photographs every week to cure the itch.

So last Friday I went to look for the local kingfisher that had served as a willing model over the course of the last month. Unfortunately, it was already present when I arrived and it flew off to not return anymore that morning. I went back on Sunday, this time a bit earlier. It arrived a few minutes after me, caught breakfast (of course out of sight of the camera) and flew off again. Just a short encounter, but enough to create the image I had in mind.

Common Kingfisher on cattail; Canon 1D Mark III w. 500/4 IS; 1/160s at F5 and ISO 400; Gitzo tripod from hide.