Saturday, December 17, 2011

Kingfisher teasing

A male Belted Kingfisher taunts me from the stump in the pond, daring me to try to get a clear shot of him.





I have a terrible time getting a crisp image of these birds.  Of course, I most often have to shoot them through the windows since they're so quick to fly off if I step outside!

95 comments:

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

One of my elusive favorites and you've taken some good shots! We have them here, and I have never, ever gotten a chance to take a picture--glimpses are all I ever get!

Karen said...

I have the same issues with bird captures around here, although you seem to have much better luck with yours. And i lack the patience to go sit very still out near their favorite perches and eventually get that shot. I think that's what it probably takes.

Lynne said...

Amazing . . . . I think I will name you the "Bird Whisperer".

Arija said...

Fantastic that you got such clear shots at all! What a great looking bird it is too.
I wish I had kingfishers in my pond.

Giga said...

Mały, ale śliczny ptaszek. Świetnie, że udało Ci go "złapać" aparatem. Pozdrawiam

Kathy said...

Sassy little dude, isn't he?

thesedaysofmine.com said...

He's a beautiful bird: I've never seen one of those! Isn't it frustrating to not be able to get a clear shot? I feel that way when the deer are in our yard: if I open a door, they run.

Sharon said...

Good shots, he appears to be a bit of a squawker, lol! Beautiful bird!

Melodie said...

What can I say, you are good girl! You are always getting shots of birds I rarely ever see!

Allison said...

Gorgeous! Love his red mouth screaming at you. hehe

Jan n Jer said...

You get the most amazing birds....our yard is sooooo boring compared to yours!

Jill said...

These are beautiful. He has so much personality. Looks like he's yelling at you in a few shots. ;)

Gone Country said...

What a gorgeous bird! And yes, I believe he is taunting you!

Judy said...

I think these guys are so cute...and ...I've only seen a few before.

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Nothing wrong with these pictures.You even got him with his bill open.Is he yelling at the photographer to get lost? LOL

Zondra Art said...

Nice pictures and a cute little bird!:)
Have a great weekend!

Sandra said...

i am surprised i have never seen one here. they are so darn cute i smile when I see these photos. love the hair doooo

parker said...

These little guys tickle me. Their heads seem to look to big for their bodies and the topnotch just adds to the effect!

laurak@forestwalkart said...

OH I LOVE those little birds!!
and he sure looks like he has a lot to say about that picture taking!!

i think your pic's came out GREAT!!!!

Woody said...

I think you've done quite well.

Is that added layer of glass up to Nikon specs? That might help ;-) (there's a smart ass in every crowd)


My only thoughts would be to go with a faster shutter speed, perhaps boosting the ISO to get it. I have it drilled in my head to used the lowest ISO possible. I broke that rule with that shot of Alex which was taken with ISO 2000!

bailey-road.com said...

Look at him telling you off!

holdingmoments said...

I understand that frustration Theresa.
I have the same problem with our Common Kingfisher here lol

Elizabeth Grimes said...

I think these are great shots. You even got him mid-chirp! :)

latebloomerbuds said...

Hey! He stuck his tongue out at you in that third shot, that cheeky guy. Margie

Liz said...

Great shots! It looks as if he is laughing at you or making fun of you!
We have some cheeky little birds over here that are just far too difficult to capture.

Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

Dear Santa,
Please bring TexWisGirl at the Run*A*Round Ranch a portable duck blind for Christmas. Then she will no longer have to take pictures through windows. She has been a very good girl. Really she has.
Thank you.

Montanagirl said...

I know what you mean - I managed a few shots of one of these a few months ago at a local "dam". They're very elusive indeed.

Picturit said...

You did well to get any kind of shot of these birds very well done. Have a great Xmas and All the best for 2012

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

He looks like he's laughing in the 3rd pic and kinda mad in the 5th:@)

deb duty said...

He's such a beautiful bird and your photos are fabulous!!

ellen abbott said...

They are very cool. I have only ever seen them on the river. when I used to go canoeing.

Sylvia K said...

Another gorgeous bird and such terrific captures -- and I know they aren't easy! Yep, I do think we should name you the "Bird Whisperer"! Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Sylvia

Bossy Betty said...

Gorgeous! Thanks for stopping by the other day!

Lois Evensen said...

Very cool! He appears to be telling you how he wants his portrait taken and giving you all the side shots. Very nice. :)

Mike said...

...shooting? Aren't Kingfishers on the no shoot list?

Deb said...

looks like he is giving you a good talking too...

don said...

He's such a great looking bird. I wish he lived around here. Nice shooting.

Farm Girl said...

I forgot about your kingfishers. They always looks like such punk rock stars.

Andrew said...

It's a lovely little kingfisher to see and your images are wonderful to see.

missing moments said...

LOL ... oh, how I can relate! I just consider my windows a filter anyway! Why are these guys so hard to get a good pic???

wildlifewatcher said...

Hi Texwisgirl, I enjoy seeing (rarely seen here) the Belted Kingfishers. They are so perky, saucy, and bold. They remind me of Blue Jays with attitude! Ha! Have a super great day today!

grammie g said...

Hi Teresa...mouthy guy isn't he...but you got a good shot of him!

Birdman said...

Well, at least you got the shot off.

Millie said...

I do say you've done a very fine job of besting the little tease!

Hilda R.B said...

The Kingfisher is one of my favorite bird.
Have a great weekend to you.

Susan said...

Beautiful bird. I've never seen one in person. Love the pictures!

Martha Z said...

Now that's a great shot! I am envious. I have tried to get a shot of a belted kingfisher and the results have been poor to none.

Hilary said...

I know exactly how that is with those elusive beauties. As soon as you lift the camera, they're off.. with a mocking call. Beautiful little stinkers.

Pricilla said...

One of my favorite birds. I was so thrilled when I saw we had them here.

joo said...

It's a little treasure:)

pattisjarrett said...

You got some great shots this time!

Leenie said...

I like how he laughs at your attempts to catch him. :-D

wayside wanderer said...

First thought was how beautiful he is, but then I saw the third picture and laughed out loud! He's messing with you.

Bob Bushell said...

We don't them over here, we get the Kingfisher but, not the Belted. Nice for us to see them.

Sandy said...

Such great shots ! Love them. (o:

Paula said...

Such a pretty bird.

Christian said...

What a stunning little beauty that is.

Ellie said...

You did a good job of capturing this little bird. He does look as if he is shouting at you in one of the shots though :)

Rita said...

So funny! He looks like he's telling you off there a couple of times--LOL! What a character! And spiffy looking, too. ;)

Michaele said...

We appreciate the glimpse of him - perfect or not.

Julie G. said...

You're not alone. I can't tell you how many blurred shots of Belted Kingfishers I have taken over the years. I would be thrilled to capture any one of these photographs featured on your wonderful blog.

barbara l. hale said...

You did a pretty darn good job this time. Nice shots of this beautiful bird.

Sonya Heilmann said...

What a cool little bird!

Carole Meisenhelter said...

they're so beautiful aren't they; petite too!

Angela Häring-Christen said...

Wow, that's amazing.
What did he say to you? ;-) Please, still make a picture from me, I'm wating?
Greetings
Angela

SweetMarie said...

I think these are great photos! I like the ones where he has his beak wide open...funny! Neat looking bird.

Fjällripan said...

At least you got to see this wonderful bird and also photograph him. Hope he comes again! I have heard that you can see them here, in early summer...I really hope I do next year!

LB @ Bullets And Biscuits said...

Pretty awesome shots of him. Though the ones of him squacking, he's really saying....crazy lady in the window, awk, crazy lady in the window...
;0

heyBJK said...

Nice shots! I see these little suckers at the lake, but can never get a good photo of them. They don't perch for long, either. I like to watch them hover.

Candy C. said...

Looks like he's sassing you! ;-)

Ruta said...

I love them but can never get a good shot...looks like he was swaking at you...

Patrice said...

You have some of the neatest birds! I'm not sure if we have neat birds, or if I never slow down long enough to see them:) If you get a chance, head over to D3's blog and enter her horse photo contest. Blogville is rather quiet when it comes to horse pictures, I guess. www. whinnyandwhimsy.blogspot.com

Madge @ The View From Right Here said...

Beautiful... Victoria Daily Photo displayed one of a 'Belted Kingfisher' today too... have you seen it?

Homeschool on the Croft said...

Oh, how beautiful they are. I've never seen one of them in my life, far less photograph one. Are they really as small as they look in these photos? So lovely :)

Marie said...

Love the kingfisher! Especially when his beak is open! Great pictures!

dr momi said...

I do believe he was ticked off with you LOL!

A Quiet Corner said...

I have never seen one...they are beautiful!...:)JP

CameraCruise said...

Gorgeous shots!
What a beautiful bird!
Thanks for sharing.

Debbie said...

it looks like he may have had a thing or two to say.....

i don't see them here, i adore his little (big) mohawk!!!

Andy Wilson (AndysLens) said...

Looks like he is yelling at you1

Randy said...

Handsome little guy.

Shifan said...

Wonderful Capturing. After long time, I presents.

Becca said...

Aren't you a pretty little bird! Great shots!

R.Ramakrishnan said...

Wow. This little guy is cute,colorful & sensational especially in the green background.

Roan said...

These are amazing shots for shooting through the window. I think he might be scolding you. Perhaps he intends on suing for using his likeness. I hope you got a release. ;)

Pam said...

Great shots of Fast Flitter :)

Denise at Autumn Sky said...

He is a very cute little bird. I have such a hard time getting photos of the pretty ones. But we keep trying, don't we?

Snapper II said...

You did very good. I don't know what it is about this bird. They seem to know when they are about to be Photographed and love to taunt the photographer. I have had them fly just out of range, and when I move closer they move farther like playing a game. LOL

Rohrerbot said...

Love these little birds. Very cool looking...all of them! Just like woodpecks, I don't think there is one out there that isn't colorful

Country Mouse Studio said...

pretty good shots. all of mine have to be through the window too

BlueShell said...

Yessss...I don't know how you do it...because they are so fast getting away! Ok, inside your kitchen window...even so...I admire you! VERY NICE PICTURES!!!!

BShell

Betty Manousos@ Cut and Dry said...

these are beautiful.
what a cute little bird!

Ann said...

Birds are hard to capture. Once when I was really young, I think we physically caught a beautiful blue king fisher. Can't remember how we did it. He died shortly. Mum said, we told you. Then I heard her talk to Dad, the bird was a sick old bird.

My husband is on an 1 and 1/2 month overseas assignment, he would kill me if my son drowned esp when the weather has been so bad. The next one is wind surfing, it is just 5 mins walk from us.

gowestferalwoman said...

oh but those shots are still wonderful!!!

Rose said...

I am glad you told you got these through your window...there is one/some out at the strip pits but I can never get to take a photo of them. The minute we pause, they take flight.

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