Diving kingfisher photographed underwater.

Diving and underwater Kingfishers – A Personal Project. 

Recently I’ve been out again photographing Kingfishers. As well as catching the birds on perches waiting to dive in for fish or generally sunning themselves I wanted to try underwater photography, photographing the birds whilst they were under the water catching fish.

 This all happens in under two seconds and so as well as bag loads of luck with aiming the camera in the right area, focusing and exposing it also took split second timing. Finally on day two it all came together and the above photograph was taken a split second before the Kingfisher closed its beak on the unfortunate fish.  The above image was awarded a Gold in the Societies competition in September.

Between dives I spent time photographing the birds looking for the fish or after a successful dive sitting with fish in their beaks.  A selection of Kingfisher photographs below.

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