Got you, Kingfisher!

So, if you've ever tried to photograph a Kingfisher of any kind, you know how incredibly frustrating that can be.

One morning while down in Florida, we chased one for probably a half hour before we conceded.  First, the little things are super, super fast.  Secondly, it seems every time you get your camera setup and almost ready, they wait until a nanosecond before you hit the shutter then  they fly off.  You repeat this process several times and they continue to watch you setup and fly away before you can trip the shutter.

One morning, I guess we were living right.  We were actually shooting an osprey that was having a fish on another tree and out of nowhere this Belted Kingfisher came and landed on this other dead snag not very far away.  He would land, scan the water for a fish, dive down and then come back to the snag for a bit.

ISO 640, 600mm, F/6.3 @ 1/1000th second

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Now, when I tell you he would land, dive and come back....the little boogers are so fast that he did it several times but never sit still very long at all.  So, I had to be quick.  Luckily, the osprey sat on his tree so long that I had plenty of shots of he had already finished his meal.

This image was made using my Sony A77 II and Tamron 150-600mm Lens.  All mounted on my Sirui Tripod and PH-20 Gimbal Head.