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:
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.