See the splashing of the kingfisher flashing to the water.

Well that was the plan at least. I have never photographed a kingfisher, and the course I had signed up for held a promise to change all that.  We made our way, in the rain, to a hide at Attenborough Nature Reserve which had three separate perches on the edge of the lake which were frequented by these magical birds.  And we saw two.  Hurtling along close to the surface of the lake end to end in front of us. Twelve times.  Not only did they ignore the neon signs pointing to the perches, saying “Fish this way. Please take a seat and help yourself”, I swear they were waving two feathers as they laughed their way past.  After three hours (180 humiliating minutes) we gave up and moved to the visitor centre for the common ducks, geese, and swans.  Before moving on, though, I did cheat a little (thanks to google images)…

Almost a proper kingfisher photo

Can you see the join?

At least the rain had stopped by the time we reached the centre, and the ducks and swans did produce a couple of images I liked. Maybe next time the kingfishers will decide to play properly. At least now I know the code to get in to the hide.


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