Splendor in the Grass

Equipment Info
Canon Canon EOS 7D Mark II
9965784/1000000 sec. / ISO 4000
State/Province/Region
International
Nearest Area
Lower Zambezi National Park, Zambia
Town
Royal Airstrip, Zambia
Description

Malachite Kingfishers fish from low perches in reeds and grasses very close to the water. It helps if you are photographing from a shallow bottomed boat that keeps you as low low to the water as the birds. We spent the afternoon quietly drifting along a marshy section of the Zambezi River specifically looking for these beautiful birds. Besides diving for very small fish every so often, the kingfisher in the image periodically raised his wings in a territorial display used to make his presence known to potential mates and interlopers. We stayed with this little guy until well after sunset, when I took the image. I used a Canon EOS 7D Mark II with a Canon 200 - 400mm f/4L IS USM EXT. The exposure settings were 1/1000 sec at f/5.6, ISO 4000, 526 mm, handheld.

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Date Added
January 5, 2022
Date Taken
January 5, 2022