I hope that the local Kingfisher is having as much fun as I am in my latest attempts to get a good picture of him, but, judging from this sequence of shots, I suspect he’s not.

I did discover a way to get much closer to him before he flies away, at least it worked this time. Instead of walking out in the open, I stood behind a fence and stuck my telephoto lens through the gate.

I managed to snap off nearly 16 shots before he noticed me, but, as you can tell from the change in expression, he looked none too happy at being fooled. I really didn’t mean to irritate him, but I love this sequence of photographs.

Still, I’m satisfied that this is probably the best picture I’m going to get until the sun decides to show itself again here in the Pacific Northwest, and that might be several months away.

6 thoughts on “Paparazzi”

  1. When I was a young child, I had a book of birds – or at least, a nature book that included birds. One of these was a kingfisher, and the picture made it appear, to my young eyes, that the kingfisher was a very large bird. It was many years later that I found that the kingfisher was actually fairly small. Your pictures have reminded me of that young guy and his book of birds.

  2. Until now, I’ve only seen kingfishers from a distance. Thanks so much for bringing them up so close. The same for mergansers.

  3. I agree, qB.

    I suppose he was disappointed that I’d abandoned our traditional game of hide-and-seek and resorted to such trickery in order to get a picture.

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