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New Location At The River

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Yesterday I installed yet another perch for the Kingfishers to use. The river pools are getting smaller by what seems like every minute and although it results in the Kingfishers being more concentrated on certain areas, it means I have less good angles to shoot with.

This mornings task was to photograph a Kingfisher just coming into land on the perch with outstretched wings. Everything was going to plan until I broke my number one rule of “Focus on what you are trying to get and don’t be distracted!”.

The camera was setup, pointed at the perch, I had pre-focused, AF settings and fast shutter speed all dialled in. All I had to do was wait for a Kingfisher to fly to the perch. Although there were many visits to the perch all of them approached from in front rather than behind, then one of the young females landed high in a branch of a tree behind the perch. She dived into the water and retreated to another branch directly behind the perch. I wanted to look to see if she had caught a fish and moved the camera and focused on her, she flew right at the perch and I didn’t get the camera moved back in time. Yes, I am kicking myself! This was the last time I saw her this morning as she had already caught two large Louisiana Crayfish.

I did get some portrait shots of her on the perch earlier.

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Common Kingfisher (Juvenile Female) - Guarda-rios (juvenil femea) - Alcedo atthis
📷 Nikon D850, AF-S 500mm f/4 @ 1/800sec, f/11, ISO640
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More Photos Of The Young Female Kingfisher

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I have added a couple more photos of the young Female Common Kingfisher that I have recently been obsessed with. These 2 are my new favorite shots of her and are available in the shop to purchase in print. You can view my collection of Common Kingfisher photos available to print in the Kingfisher Category.

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Common Kingfisher (Juvenile Female) - Guarda-rios (juvenil femea) - Alcedo atthis
📷 Nikon D850, AF-S 500mm f/4 @ 1/1000sec, f/10, ISO800Continue reading >>

Morning Dog Walk: 3 Pictures Say 3 Thousand Words

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As the old saying goes; “A picture says a thousand words”, well in this case, 3 pictures of Lupi tells a huge story. It’s been just over 6 weeks since we collected Lupi from the Kennel and although there is still a long road ahead, he is a very different dog to the shy and frightened boy we decided to give a life of freedom to.

Obviously, when we first collected him, there was no way he could be let off the lead, just look at the photos, this post needs no further text!

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Lupi Enjoying Life Off-Lead
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Southwestern Water Vole

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I was in the Kingfisher hide this morning but they just didn’t come to the perch, everywhere else but the perch. However, in the distance I saw some movement. Looking through the viewfinder I spotted either a Brown Rat or a Southern Water Vole. I magnified on the live view and could see it was indeed a Southwestern Water Vole.

Also known as a Southern Water Vole, it is a slightly different species to the European Water Vole found in other regions of Europe. This large semi-aquatic rodent can reach sizes of between 16 and 23cm long, not including the tail which is a further 3/4 of the length of the body. They are often seen in the daytime, mainly during the later morning and early evening. This is the 2nd time I have seen it at this time of day so will be looking to get closer!

Allegedly, it was originally one of the main ingredients of the Spanish Paella! It’s great to see one as they are in decline and are classified as “Vulnerable” on the ICN Red List.

I quickly popped on the 1.4x teleconverter, but even at 700mm, it was still a long way away for a decent shot. However, here it is eating fresh bamboo growth for its breakfast. More info and identification guide after the photo.

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Southwestern Water Vole - Rato-de-água - Arvicola sapidus
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My Latest Common Kingfisher Photos Are Now Available In Print

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As you probably know, due to the amount of young Kingfishers locally, I am really concentrating on photographing them. The following 3 photos are now available to purchase as prints in the Web Shop.

I have more photos to process and I am planning on many more sessions with these stunning birds, therefore more images will be available soon.

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Common Kingfisher (Juvenile Female) - Guarda-rios (juvenil femea) - Alcedo atthis
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