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Posted by
kiwisa (North Shore, New Zealand) on 1 August 2010 in Animal & Insect and Portfolio.

I only saw that he had an insect in his beak when I was able to enlarge the photo at home.

Canon EOS 450D 1/1000 second F/5.6 ISO 400 300 mm

CElliottUK from Reading, United Kingdom

I have wasted years of my life trying to get a kingfisher-with zero success. Well done on this great capture-I am so envious!

1 Aug 2010 5:18am

@CElliottUK: Thank you - I was incredibly lucky to see a wide variety of birds at the Miranda Bird Sanctuary, and even luckier to photograph quite a few.

Manola from Bassens, France

A small gourmand who takes his time with its insect in the beak a photo restful and Zen;-))
The good end according to noon by at home!!!;-))))

1 Aug 2010 5:56am

@Manola: Yes he is going to enjoy his lunch:))

flyingwind风飞扬 from Bridgetown, Barbados

Absolutely precious produce! Very very great! 5*****!

1 Aug 2010 6:04am

@flyingwind风飞扬: Thanks - I was very lucky

Dilwenn from Bordeaux, France

Parfois on découvre de belles choses lorsqu'on regarde plus attentivement les photos à la maison :)
Belle réussite cette photo!

1 Aug 2010 6:19am

@Dilwenn: Thanks and yes it is true, often we only see the finer details when we get home:)

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom

That is quite an achievement ..........they are very shy birds.

1 Aug 2010 7:08am

@Nigel: Thanks Nigel, I have to admit that I had taken a few photos in that area before I saw him and even with the telelens did not know he had just caught his lunch.

kate from lincolnshire, United Kingdom

beautifully shown well done:)

1 Aug 2010 7:16am

@kate: Thanks Kate

Calusarus from St Sorlin en Valloire, France

Nice catch (for you, and also for the bird)

1 Aug 2010 7:51am

@Calusarus: He he - you are right, we both won on this occasion :))

Yvon from Orleans, France

great, great capture, wonderful

1 Aug 2010 8:06am

@Yvon: Thanks Yvon

Elena Kotrotsou from Drossia, Greece

Nice capture

1 Aug 2010 9:23am

@Elena Kotrotsou: Thanks

✿ Anina ✿ from Auckland, New Zealand

WOW! What a wonderful shot! Beautiful dof and detail. This is brilliant!

1 Aug 2010 9:23am

@✿ Anina ✿: Thanks Anina

Tamara from Aarschot, Belgium

What a fantastic find Frances ! You were really lucky to have such an opportunity ! Lovely !!!
Have a nice sunday :)

1 Aug 2010 9:35am

@Tamara: Thanks Tamara - right place right time, I was very lucky:)

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

A lovely gem of an elusive bird

1 Aug 2010 10:12am

@grouser: Thanks Grouser, I have to be honest here .... this was taken at a bird sanctuary and I saw quite a few there;) Lucky lucky me.

daniela scharnowski from Berlin, Germany

Wow - a great compo, very clever! It seems that there isn´t a place on earth without a kingfisher - would you believe if I say that I never met one in person? ;D Good find!

1 Aug 2010 10:33am

@daniela scharnowski: Thanks Daniela - I used to see them in my garden in Cape Town too.

Philip from South Wales, United Kingdom

What a great capture. Nice background as well. I've never seen one of these in the wild.

1 Aug 2010 11:29am

@Philip: Thanks Philip - I was lucky here.

Skyriani from Nelson, New Zealand

lucky you!!!!

1 Aug 2010 11:31am

@Skyriani: Yes I know :))

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

He is great with a mini fish in its beak. Splendid shot. Beautiful day.

1 Aug 2010 12:17pm

Bettina from Los Angeles, United States

Sweet. Moments like these are the little jewels in life. I could just sit here a moment and rest. :)

1 Aug 2010 6:05pm

@Bettina: Thanks Bettina, I must say that sitting at a bird sanctuary is the most enjoyable pastime - there is no where to go in a hurry and it is incredibly relaxing, so please sit and enjoy.

The MaJor from TM HooD, Iran

awww..so beautiful

1 Aug 2010 8:20pm

marc battault from clermont ferrand, France

caught in the act of gluttony! beautiful capture!

1 Aug 2010 9:30pm

Becky from los angeles, United States

Oh what a darling with some BIG food in it's little beak - great catch!

1 Aug 2010 9:40pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

Wonderful DOF. Fine composition.

1 Aug 2010 10:28pm

Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

Get it Frances! A true trophy! Wonderful picture! Best regards, Adela

2 Aug 2010 5:44pm

Canon EOS 450D
1/1000 second
ISO 400
300 mm