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My typical attempts to capture a belted kingfisher go like this:

A Kingfisher rattles away in the distance. I follow the sound and see the bird perched above the water. I take two steps and off it flies, only to land a bit farther away. I follow, get semi-close, raise my camera and off it goes again. Repeat. And repeat. And repeat. Until I give up.

Not this time.

Last week we stayed in a condo that overlooked the Arkansas River. I opened the sliding door to go out onto the deck to listen and marvel at the beautiful stream right below me when I heard a familiar rattle. A female kingfisher was sitting on the deck post of the condo next door! I grabbed my camera, snuck back onto the deck and snapped a few quick shots in bad light before she flew off. This was as close as I had ever been to one. She had obviously staked a claim to the condo deck posts and used them to spot fish in the river below. Now, would I see her again?

I left the sliding door cracked so I could listen better and sure enough I heard her again. Over the next few days this went on until I could get her in the kind of light that worked for a decent image. Finally!

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On our last trip to Florida I experimented with underexposing and backlighting. This anhinga was a willing participant as it was drying its wings. Best viewed large.

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Tags:   Sanibel 2019 Backlighting Rim Light Underexposed Anhinga Bird Avian Nature Wildlife Animal Nikon D850

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Besides being absolutely adorable, deer fawns have such a carefree zeal for life. I was happily clicking away on the one enjoying a leafy breakfast when the one on the right decided to photobomb and try to sneak a quick taste. So cute!

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Tags:   Mule Deer Deer Animal Mammal Wildlife Nature Nikon D500

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One of the really interesting and fun things to observe during the fall elk rut is the bulls’ behavior towards each other and the ladies. Does the grass make his rack look bigger? Sexier? Only the elk knows………

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Tags:   Elk Bull Elk Male Bull RMNP Fall Fall Rut Rut Animal Mammal Nature Wildlife Nikon D850 500PF

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A white morph reddish egret all poofed up.

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Tags:   Bunche Beach Egret Reddish Egret White Morph Bird Avian Morph Nature Wildlife Animal Florida Nikon D500


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