Kingfisher and Kestrel from a day in Worcestershire

On Tuesday I spent the day on a Nikon School Day with pro Chris Gomersall near Droitwich in Worcestershire.

The first hide was to capture a Little Owl coming to feed on some Mealworms, however, this wasn’t successful, although we heard it’s distinctive call in the tree above the hide, it never came down to feed.

Next up was the Kingfisher hide where we had 4 visits from a young Female, fantastic to get so close to this stunning bird and here’s a few shots from that session.

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Young Female Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis)
Waiting, watching – D810, AF-S 500mm f/4 @ 500mm, f/8, ISO1100, 1/400sec – {Flickr Link}

Young Female Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis)
Concentration – D810, AF-S 500mm f/4 @ 500mm, f/8, ISO1600, 1/200sec – {Flickr Link}
Young Female Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis)
Looking up – D810, AF-S 500mm f/4 @ 500mm, f/8, ISO1600, 1/200sec – {Flickr Link}

Last up, it was a few hours in the Kestrel hide where the female finally turned up to dine on a Mouse.

Female Kestrel
All mine – D810, AF-S 300mm f/2.8 with TC-17E II @ 500mm, f/8, ISO160, 1/800sec – {Flickr Link}
Female Kestrel
Time to Eat – D810, AF-S 300mm f/2.8 with TC-17E II @ 500mm, f/8, ISO125, 1/800sec – {Flickr Link}
Female Kestrel
Juicy – D810, AF-S 300mm f/2.8 with TC-17E II @ 500mm, f/8, ISO200, 1/800sec – {Flickr Link}
Female Kestrel
Stretchy- D810, AF-S 300mm f/2.8 with TC-17E II @ 500mm, f/8, ISO500, 1/2000sec – {Flickr Link}
Female Kestrel
After Dinner Pose – D810, 300mm f/2.8 with TC-17E II @ 500mm, f/8, ISO160, 1/800sec – {Flickr Link}
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