The kingfisher is always a rare treat to see, and I was lucky enough to get a sighting at lunchtime today. I was photographing some distant little grebes when a flash of colour on the far bank caught my eye. It was unmistakeable. No other bird is quite so brightly coloured, and sure enough a kingfisher had landed on a branch overhanging the water. And as a bonus it had caught a fish.

These shots are fairly hefty crops, but you should be able to make out the kingfisher, if not its lunch.

Standing out at the other end of the size and colour scale (i.e. large and white) is the little egret.

And as the day ended, the moon rose high against a rich blue sky.

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Camera note: all shots taken with the Canon 7D and EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L USM IS lens.

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  1. studio41 December 8, 2011 at 6:12 am #

    last two photos are awesome! the second to last, great composition. I have never seen a little egret before!

    kingfisher's head is a great color!

  2. anonymous December 8, 2011 at 1:12 pm #

    Anonymous writes:

    Wow, I love the colours of the Kingfisher! So different from the ones over here in Canada (blue and grey)…


  3. gdare December 8, 2011 at 4:12 pm #

    Beautiful bird, kingfisher. No wonder it has that name :up:

  4. Words December 8, 2011 at 11:12 pm #

    Marilyn, ours are usually blue/red, but the colours vary a bit. Always very distinctive though.

  5. Words December 8, 2011 at 11:12 pm #

    Darko, they are so brilliantly bright. Such a treat to see one, but I still want to get a good shot, nice and close. One day!

  6. Words December 8, 2011 at 11:12 pm #

    Jill, I was really fortuante with the egret. It was late and it just hopped over the water to near where I was. They're usually very shy.

  7. cakkleberrylane December 9, 2011 at 12:12 pm #

    I think we have the Canadian variety too. Mostly blue.

  8. studio41 December 10, 2011 at 6:12 am #

    Originally posted by Words:

    I was really fortuante with the egret. It was late and it just hopped over the water to near where I was.


  9. Words December 10, 2011 at 12:12 pm #

    Lois, I've been reading up a bit more about kingfishers. It seems the colours vary according to the angle you view them. So green/blue variations may be partly down to that.

  10. serola December 10, 2011 at 5:12 pm #

    The second egret shot is the best :wizard:

  11. Words December 11, 2011 at 12:12 pm #

    Sami, I agree. I was very happy with that one.

  12. SittingFox December 11, 2011 at 8:12 pm #

    Wow, great bird to see! I have the opposite problem: I was standing by the river waiting for someone the other day when I had three kingfisher sightings. And no camera 😥 Of course, I've been up there since with the camera…and have seen no kingfishers… :rolleyes:

  13. Words December 13, 2011 at 9:12 pm #

    Adele, three sightings and no camera! That's shocking! I'm sure they'll be back though. This was the first time I'd seen a kingfisher at this location, but I don't get there often enough (or for long enough) to sit in wait.

  14. Words December 13, 2011 at 9:12 pm #

    Erwin, thanks!

  15. Wulpen October 19, 2012 at 8:10 pm #