Arrrgh, wrong settings

WHEN: 27 July 2018, 08:30
WHERE: Blackwater Valley Path, Surrey, UK

The Blackwater Valley has been showing significant Kingfisher activity over the last month as juvenile birds get turfed out of the nest. I had worried that the harsh winter may have reduced numbers significantly but there seem to be plenty of birds around again. I have spent far less time watching for them this year but did get lucky last week with this lovely female.

Perched female kingfisher

Nikon D500, Nikon 300mm F4 PF + TC-17E II at 500mm (750mm equiv.) – F8, ISO 400 1/250 sec.

Not only did she pose for me, but then decided to have a wash… Imagine my frustration when I discovered the camera was in the wrong autofocus mode and my cool picture is a bit on the blurry side. Never mind there’s always next time. As usual the results left me lusting after some longer glass, problem is the next step up from what I am using is new car territory and I don’t think my marriage would survive the purchase.

Kingfisher Splash

Nikon D500, Nikon 300mm F4 PF + TC-17E II at 500mm (750mm equiv.) – F8, ISO 1000 1/1600 sec.

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