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Sand and Sea
Jewel of our River
Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis)
I took this picture of this true little jewel of the river this afternoon. I had been waiting for 3 hours at the same spot in the snow hoping that it should land on the pole. It came just before I was to give up.
It was getting pretty dark so I had to use ISO800 and RAW in order to keep the exposure time at 1/1000 sec to avoid camera shake even with the Tokina 300mm/2.8 set to f/2.8.
Unfortunately, the focus is a few cm in front of the bird but I hope you can appreciate its beauty nevertheless. Even with a KatzEye screen, it is hard to focus manually in a split second when light gets low. I took a burst of 4 photos in one sequence and the bird took off after the second shot... so I learnt to better focus right from the start with this fellow - no second chances here!
All the best, Jens.
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