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A Pied kingfisher (Ceryle rudis) from South Africa, checking out the pond surface from a favourite perch. The nearest distraction behind the bird is literally 100’s of metres away, so the image takes on a studio-like quality. Great for showing the audience how a Pied kingfisher looks, but perhaps not the most engaging shot, not least due to the overcast skies. I should head back there to shoot the same bird during sunrise. Better call the travel agent. EOS 1DIII with EF 500mm, 1/3200 at f4, ISO200.

  • Aperture: ƒ/4
  • Camera: Canon EOS-1D Mark III
  • Taken: 30 January, 2014
  • Focal length: 500mm
  • ISO: 200
  • Shutter speed: 1/3200s

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