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.
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
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.