Archive for December, 2012

A Pied Kingfisher – on a perch…

Wednesday, December 19th, 2012

In my last post I promised a more classical view of the Pied Kingfisher for those of you who don’t like Marmite. Well here it is.

This bird was feeding along a small river and over time I had noticed that it had one or two favourite perches that it would use to rest and hunt. One was on the far bank where the bird was nicely lit and spent most of its time looking towards the camera. This perch was his other favourite. It was on the near bank of the river so as a consequence the bird was quite large in the frame and frustratingly it spent most of its time looking away from me.

Rather than reposition the vehicle ( and risk the bird flying away ) I decided to wait in the hope that at some point he would return to the far bank or turn towards the camera. Fortunately he granted me a turn of his head and as soon as the catchlight appeared in his eye, I pressed the shutter.

A Pied Kingfisher – hovering…

Sunday, December 9th, 2012

This is one of those “Love it” or “Hate it” images. A “Marmite image” as they have affectionately become known.

It shows a Pied Kingfisher, hovering. Several species of Kingfisher can be found in Kenya most of which are a lot more colourful than the Pied. However, what the Pied lacks in colour it makes up for with its ability to hover. It can hover, almost Kestrel like, whilst hunting for prey. Most other Kingfishers choose an easier option when hunting. They find a perch that overhangs some water and then wait patiently for their prey to pass by. The Pied Kingfisher also hunts from perches, but has the ability to move to a location of its choice, where it hovers, head down, looking for food.

I had noticed this behaviour several times, so once I had got the “standard” picture in the camera of the hovering bird frozen in time, I decided to slow the shutter right down in an attempt to convey the movement in the wings.

For those of you that don’t like marmite, I will post a “standard” image in a future post.