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Common Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis) -Pescarelul Albastru photography

A couple of weeks ago I was exploring the Danube Delta with my father to do a bird count and take some pictures of the delta in winter.  The weather was not ideal and after a few hours of boat driving we encountered a Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis) sitting on a snowee branch. At first we thought it will take off as soon as we turn the boat around… but… surprise… it was the most tame Kingfisher I have ever seen. It ignored us completely and flew only when I was making noise or when the boat hit something in our attempt to get a better angle. While watching the Kingfisher it suddenly plunged into the water and came out with a Mole-cricket (Grillotalpa grillotalpa). This is an unusual siting and I was lucky to be able to photograph it. The Kingfisher struggled to swallow the insect about 10 minutes as the head and the big front feet and wings wouldn't detach.

We supposed this bird was a Nordic migrant by the way it behaved. I hope you will enjoy the pictures and if you would like to know more about bird photography in Romania don't hesitate to contact me. If you are into birdwatching than check out the tours offered by my company IBIS TOURS.

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5 Responses to “Common Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis) -Pescarelul Albastru photography”

  1. Romeo says:

    Excelenta captura, felicitari.

  2. Daniel says:

    Danke Romeo, ce mai face fotograful din tine? Ai mai pozat ceva de iarna?

  3. Marin Abaluta says:

    Ai o colectie de fotografii superbe 🙂
    As fi fericit sa pot fotografia in Delta in fiecare zi ( sau macar in fiecare luna 😛 )

  4. Daniel says:

    Mersi de apreciere. Sunt sigur ca intr-o zi iti vei indeplini visul de a putea fotografia mai mult. Eu fotografiez mult … dar imi trebuie 3 luni pe an sa procesez si sa organizez tot ce am fotografiat. Devine obositor daca iti vine sa crezi :)). Am 60.000 de imagini digitale si e deja un cosmar sa le organizezi. De aia incerc sa fac ceva cu ele pe Nature Stock Photos http://www.naturestockphotos.ro . Cred ca ar trebui sa scriu un articol cu workflow-ul meu candva pentru ca mi-a luat mult timp pana sa ajung la solutia actuala.

  5. doina russu says:

    Excelenta seria cu Alcedo! M-am oprit asupra ei ,mai intai de orice,ptr ca e a doua pasare preferata dupa prigorii,pe care imi doresc f mult sa o surprind si eu (pana acum am obtinut doar cateva cadre si acelea sunt la mare distanta). Anul trecut am avut o sansa stranie,pe care am ratat-o! Stateam pe un ponton (pe o balta unde merg in mod frecvent) si pandeam “la luciul apei” cu aparatul pe podeaua pontonului,cand in fata mea,la nici 2m s-a asezat un Alcedo,m-a privit pret de cateva secunde,apoi a zburat….evident ca nu am indraznit macar sa respir,dar sa imi indrept aparatul spre el! De atunci,inca il mai caut,dar anul acesta nu am vazut nici unul in zona…
    In ceea ce priveste “organizarea” si eu sunt interesata de retata, ptr ca sufar din acelasi motiv:mii de cadre care zac in diverse arhive,pe care le mai si pierd uneori….
    Felicitari pentru toata munca depusa!Ma bucur foarte mult ca am gasit acest blog (Vladut Mateianu mi-a aratat cateva poze dintr-o revista care mie imi scapase!);de azi,imi fac abonament de vizite aici!
    Sa aveti lumina buna si imagini asa cum le doriti!
    Doina Russu

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