Having been a keen amateur photographer for nearly three years now, one of my main aims was to capture the elusive kingfisher; however, only twice have I seen a this bird, and by that I mean a blue flash travelling at great speed, with absolutely no opportunity to have my camera at the ready. Taking all this into consideration, I presumed that the only way to achieve this was in the company of a professional photographer or attending a workshop. However, whilst at Wilstone reservoir in Hertfordshire, I was spending a considerable amount of time trying to capture wrens that were fleeing in and out of the reed beds, when I noticed a kingfisher speed past my front; but this time he perched on a branch for approximately 50 seconds. Although this seems quite a long period of time, panic mode took over as I tried to get my camera to focus and avoid the annoying branches that were blocking my field of view. In the end I achieved what I consider to be three average shots – had I been a bit closer, the kingfisher may not have perched at all and I wouldn’t be writing this post. I suppose that three shots that are not as sharp as I would have liked are better than nothing at all.
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