Female Belted Kingfisher

Some images of a female Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle torquatus) that I captured from my kayak a few years ago. How do I know this is a female? The female has a reddish-brown belly band around her belly … the male does not:

Female Belted Kingfisher

Female Belted Kingfisher

Female Belted Kingfisher

The low, in-the-water approach of a kayak can often get one very close to otherwise skittish subjects, such as the Belted Kingfisher. I have had very good luck at photographing these shy birds from the kayak.

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 1D Mark 3 body
  • Canon EF 100-400mm, f/4.5-5.6 IS lens, with Canon 1.4x TC, shot at 525mm
  • Handheld from a kayak, with IS “On”
  • ISO 3200
  • Aperture f/8
  • Shutter 1/125 sec.

 

 

 

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  • Scott

    Terrific shots, Jim. I see them most when I am lake paddling and they are skittish indeed. Any shots I have ever got have been long.

  • Thanks, Scott! I’ve had my best luck with them by finding a place, next to the bank, and just sitting still. Sometimes, they will not even know I’m there for a short while, allowing me to grab a few shots before they realize I’m there :o)