Belted kingfisher
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Belted kingfisher

AcemanDanny

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I've been reading how impossible it is to get a good picture of this bird. I'd still like to try. We've seen one flying around  buffers park but could never get a good shot. Is there any other place anyone knows of that might be better for capturing a good shot of this crazy little guy.
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Rotarran

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They are fairly common at most streams, rivers and lakes.  Just gotta try your luck as they tend to appear and disappear randomly.  I guess I recommend smaller bodies of water with a good vantage point.  I got my best pics at a pond at the intersection of Staines & Morningside.  I got some good vantage points from Gristone Crescent.
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Once the migrating birds are through and it's only the resident birds it's mostly a matter of visiting the same place often enough to figure out their habits. Most Kingfishers fly along the edge of the water (either a bay or stream) in a pattern. They often land in the exact same perches, as they prefer dead wood extending out over the water. Once you've identified a perch (usually by seeing it flying away from you from that perch several times over a few visits!) you can "stake out" that perch and wait for the bird to come to you.

Soon, if not already, they will also be feeding their families. That means they will come back and land near-ish their bank hole to check for danger before flying in to the nest to feed the youngsters. Again, they often land in the same perches with good visibility while looking for predators.

Because they call while flying it's actually a bit easier to figure out where they are than with some birds. You can hear the calls coming around the bay, for instance, before they arrive.

Good luck!
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Rotarran

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I got some impressive shots today at Reesor Pond...try that.
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There was a fairly reliable pair around the marina at Ashbridges Bay earlier this Spring, but I haven't visited lately.

-kris
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AcemanDanny

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Thanks for all the help. I have a few different spots to try now. Patience is key I guess.
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Not trying to show off but that's how close I got to the Kingfisher today, by far my best shot yet:
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very good picture my best Kingfisher came as a accident as I was sitting in some bushes watching something else and the Kingfisher arrrived and landed on a perch about 8 ft from me 2 quick photos later he was gone, chasing them for a photo is too frustrating, some good advice posted above
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AcemanDanny

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Show off, lol. I guess i need serious patience and a little bit of luck.  Thanks for all the advice.
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