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Pied Kingfisher in flight with catch (PAW 10/52)
Pied Kingfisher in flight with catch (PAW 10/52)

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Camera: Nikon D7000
Lens: Sigma 100-300mm F/4.0 EX IF HSM for Nikon
Location: Pilanesberg Nature Reserve, NW, South Africa
Date: Feb 24, 2013
Aperture: 8.0
ISO: 800
Shutter: 1/5000
Galleries: Action, Birds
Date Uploaded: Mar 4, 2013

Viewed: 368
Comments: 9
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In order to satisfy my penchant for environment images and not just in your face wildlife portraits I decided to have a crack at this 'PKF' taking off from his perch with catch fish in beak. The bird was +/- 30 paces away. There were two other togs seated next to me in the hide; one with a new Nikon D800 and both tog's had Nikkor 500mm f/4′s and they refused to take this shot as it was “too far away”… A 36MP Full Frame Camera and a $6,000.00+ “Professional Lens”. Good Grief :) … and here I am with a DX Nikon D7000 16MP DSLR and (admittedly) a very sharp Sigma 100-300mm f/4 (effectively a 150mm-450mm) making it work for me, with some cropping. It’s not as pixel peeping crisp as it might be if I were sitting on the branch with the bird :) but it will print nicely and hang on my wall.
At least my image will be unique online :)

Here is a close up of the PKF
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Taken during a long weekend wildlife photo-shoot in the magnificent Pilanesberg Nature Reserve, a Big 5 (Rhino, Elephant, Lion, Leopard, Buffalo) Game Reserve about 2 hours drive North West of Johannesburg. We stayed at the Bakgatla Campsite in the North of the reserve which was busy due school long w/e but sufficient and affordable. It was hot, in the late 30's and early 40's C(90-110 F) It is a popular destination for wildlife enthusiasts particularly birders.

Any comment or critique; complimentary or critical are welcome and appreciated.
Questions about gear, technique etc. also welcome.

This image is © copyrighted 2013 by Harvey Grohmann. Duplication, publication, copying is strictly forbidden and protected by law. To obtain pricing and consent contact me via Photocommission.com

for Photograph a Week 2013

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03/20/2013 11:28:02 AM
Originally posted by tvsometime:

Manual or autofocused? Great technique whichever.

Pre-focussed on branch but AF as he took off.
03/20/2013 11:26:00 AM
Manual or autofocused? Great technique whichever.
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03/08/2013 07:12:33 AM
Great in flight capture. Those white "false eyes" are great.
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03/07/2013 01:56:26 PM
Love the BIF did it bash the fish on the branch . Have a mother and baby sequence where the mother is teaching the baby how to handle a frog .
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03/06/2013 12:37:12 PM
Originally posted by Ann:

. . . It's interesting that the spots on the birds head look like eyes at this angle.

I had the same thought - indeed it wasn't until I read Ann's comment that I realized the white wasn't around his eyes. And it took a moment for the fish to register - I first thought beak and then how on earth LOL Intriguing from the get-go, even better once I had it all sorted out.
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03/05/2013 07:08:48 PM
I love it. Awesome. I have a fondness for the environmental portraits. The close ups are great, but they all start to look the same after awhile.

It's interesting that the spots on the birds head look like eyes at this angle.
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03/05/2013 12:57:29 PM
woo hoo! what a terrific shot!
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03/05/2013 01:27:10 AM
Nicely caught!
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03/04/2013 10:49:11 AM
Sweet. Love how you caught this guy in action.
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