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Getting Close to the Belted Kingfisher.

My wife and I walk everyday. We walk around a local pond. In the pond there are mostly ducks and Cormorants. 

On our last walk my wife spotted a Belted Kingfisher sitting on a sort of rock cliff. We have seen the bird before a year ago. This was the first time we have seen it this summer. I never carry my camera on these walks. We completed the five km walk and went to see if the Kingfisher was still at the location where we first seen it. It was still sitting there in the same place.

I went back to the house and grabbed the Nikon D 500 and the Nikon 200 - 500mm lens went back to see if I could get a few photographs.

I decided to test the patience of the Kingfisher and crawl as close as possible getting a few photographs as I got closer. I know from past experience it is very difficult to get close. However, in this case I was able to crawl close enough to almost get a full frame photograph. It took me almost an hour to accomplish my final spot where I thought I was close enough.

The photographs bottom and right are the results of my efforts.

Find Water, Find Birds

I have always said, "Find water , Find birds". This is a true statement for all seasons. Water is as important to birds as is food. Birds use water to drink and to bath just like us humans.

Now the birds are migrating south smaller birds will need to recharge for both food and water. I was not suprissed a couple of days ago when I cam accross a little clean clear puddle of water close to the Bow River and saw many migratory Warblers driking and bathing.

I was alerted to this activity by our resident Black-capped Chickadees. I stood still in the willows and watched as Yellow-rumpped Warblers, American Goldfinches, Wilson'Warblers and a few other Warblers came and went from the little puddle of water.

The routine was the Warblers drank first and then proceeded to bath. I was supprised at the numbers - a constant comming and going.

All photographs Nikon D 500 with a Nikon 200 - 500mm F 5.6 Lens.

Simple Compositions

It was overcast, but it made for some simple compositions and good reflections.

It is always nice to have the early moring light. However, when it is overcast there are no shadows on the bird. Also, there are some excellent reflections.

As bird photographers we have to deal with all kinds of light. Photographing birds in overcast conditions adds another deminision. The photographs look like black and white with no catchlight in the eye.

It is middle September, but the shorebirds are still hanging around here in Calgary. A lot of jeviniles and birds in non-breeding plumage.

I was suprissed to see an American Pipit today. They are going south as they nest in the high Artic.

Nikon D 500 with a 200 - 500mm Nikon lens