Sunday, July 11, 2010

Blue Banded Kingfisher

July 11 2010, My efforts of searching for the Blue-banded Kingfisher at Ulu Paip came into success. This morning, I managed to get my photo lifer of the Blue-banded Kingfisher.  It was a male species that I successfully photographed. It was three and a half hours of waiting at the riverbank. During the wait, I saw the Blue-banded Kingfisher and the Chestnut-naped Forktail flew upstream and downstream. It was so frustrating to see the subjects flew past without stopping and perching at the rocks nearby.

I had some coffee and sweet potatoes to keep me awake and occupied. There were a lot of mosquitoes bugging me, that I had to put on my insect repellant.

A Lizard on a mossy rock

At 11.15 am, I saw the Blue-banded Kingfisher flew upstream. Out of sudden, it landed on a river rock in front of me. Bingo, I quickly pressed the shutter of mk IV and triggered a series of long burst.

1 D MK IV EF 800 IS
1/60 F5.6 ISO 2000

After a series of shots, I had a quick check on the images on the LCD. The subject looked small on the the LCD, I decided to put on the 1.4 TC in order to get more reach to the Blue-banded Kingfisher. Unfortunately, my sudden movement of mounting the TC must have alerted the Kingfisher. It flew away while I was trying to gain focus on it after mounting the TC. 

It started to rain heavily 10 minutes after the Kingfisher left. I decided to pack and head home. It was a very satisfied outing. Thanks for viewing, your comments are welcome.


madibirder said...

Brilliant shots, fantastic colours, worth the long wait. Congrats.

Hawkeyes a.k.a Kiah said...

Hi madibirder,

Thanks for your compliment.

Ari said...

Great shots Kiah, patience certainly bring you the reward.

Hawkeyes a.k.a Kiah said...

Hi Ari,

Thanks for your comments.
Although it was a long hours of waiting but looking at the photo lifer that I managed to get, I felt great.

Unravel said...

Wow You're very lucky to get these shots!
I've seen the species several times in South Thailand, but they're all so shy.

Pensionasuka said...

Very nice shots Kiah!!!

nabghani said...

fuiyoo ... congrats mate! simply beautiful!

Hawkeyes a.k.a Kiah said...

Thanks nabghani for your comments.
How is the 600mm going ?

Wong Tsu Shi said...

This is a nice bird, congrats!

John said...

Great bird and great photos... ISO 2000 ? must be dark in there

Hawkeyes a.k.a Kiah said...

Hi John,

It was under the shade of low land forest, the sky was overcast, furthermore I shot without flash. I had to dialed up the ISO to 2000 to get normal shutter speed. Luckily the mk IV noise performance is reasonable good at this level.

wondersf said...

The bird has proven to be a reliable resident. Much better than the pair in Ampang. Congrats to the long wait and the harvest.

Hawkeyes a.k.a Kiah said...

Hi wondersf,

I have not seen the female blue-banded KF at Ulu Paip yet. So far only sighted the male.