The smaller and cuter Kingfisher
Category: Birds 'n Animals
Everytime I am at Kozhikode, one of my regular spot is the riverside. This is where I usually spot the White-throated (White-breasted) Kingfisher (see 'Kingfishers @ Eranhikkal'). This time also, I did see a couple of them, but what interested me more was a Common Kingfisher (aka Eurasian Kingfisher or River Kingfisher and sometimes wrongly called as Small Blue Kingfisher).
While sitting at the river side, I spotted this kingfisher sitting at the other side of the river. The distance was a little too high to get a clean shot, so I ended up sitting and watching it. The bird's gaze was fixed at the water and it seemed very adept at catching fish. I saw it taking a few dips in the water and every time it did, it came up with a fish in its beak! A succes rate of almost 100%!
After one of those catches, I tried taking a few pictures and it came out decend in spite of the bird being a little far. The pic is taken with the Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L telephoto lens - the longest I have - manual mode, f/6.3, 1/400s and ISO-800 exposure. Finally, I cropped the pic (3888px to 1500px) using GIMP.
A little later, I spotted it sitting on my side, with its gaze fixed in the water, looking for any fish movements. I froze where I was standing and picked up the camera, already fitted with the Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L telephoto lens avoiding any unwanted movements. The pic comes in Manual mode, f/6.3, 1/500s, ISO-800 - once again cropped using GIMP (3888px to 1500px). As soon as I clicked a couple of pics, a bike came from the other side and scared the bird away.
While going through my archive, I found an older picture I have taken of the same bird. This pic is also taken with the Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L telephoto lens, but I was amazed to see how close I was able to get to the bird at that time. I actually had the camera mounted on a tripod and moved it towards the bird slowly, without disturbing it. Once, I got close enough for a frame filling shot, I went for a remote trigger (using an RC-1 remote) and even fired the flash! No clue, why I did not post this picture at that time!