07.25.2021 Fisher in a Fog

I’ve tried and failed a few times to capture a shot of a Belted Kingfisher-Megaceryle alcyon while visiting the swamp. Since I do 99% of my shooting from a tripod they often fly off before I set up.  But yesterday this one settled on a branch in the fog and contemplated what it wanted to do next.

In Lightroom I opened up the shadows and boosted  clarity to see if I could discern the gender, then put the sliders back where they belonged once deciding it is a male.  Females have some ruddiness in the midsection and there did not appear to be that color although this view is from the rear.

About Steve Gingold

I am a Nature Photographer with interests in all things related. Water, flowers, insects and fungi are my main interests but I am happy to photograph wildlife and landscapes and all other of Nature's subjects.
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23 Responses to 07.25.2021 Fisher in a Fog

  1. That’s two low-key, high-quality images in a row.

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  2. Nice Steve! Very Interesting with the Fog!

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  3. susurrus says:

    What a treat to meet a patient one. It seems quite a character.

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  4. Todd Henson says:

    Glad you were able to find and capture this one. They often move around so quickly they can be a real challenge to photograph. Often I hear them but don’t manage to see them, or if I do it’s just a fast moving blur across the water. This one had a nice moody element thanks to the fog, and I love the kingfisher looking over to the right.

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    • Thanks, Todd. I was pretty happy to see him land where he did and it took all 800mm to capture from across the pond. I guess the fog made his vision clouded as well so not as impatient to get on with the hunt.


  5. shoreacres says:

    It looks like a faded page from an old book. It’s interesting to see a kingfisher in sepia.

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  6. Eliza Waters says:

    Nice, moody shot that has a timeless quality to it.

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  7. Nice! Kind of feels like silkscreen or airbrush art.

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  8. Very nice, Steve!


  9. bluebrightly says:

    Love it! You did something wonderful with that fog. Kingfishers are so much fun, with their loud calls and flashy flights.

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    • The kingfisher “rattle” is certainly a joy to hear. I am always buoyed by it even if, up until now, I could not get a shot. This is actually my second kingfisher in fog but the first was a tiny little shape in a tree top. 800mm works a lot better than the 24-70. 🙂

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  10. Ann Mackay says:

    I love the mood of this picture – so gentle and peaceful. (Something we could all do with a bit more of, I suspect!)

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  11. Beautiful, Steve!! Bally well done my friend!!

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