I love this little bird! So beautiful! What a treat to watch one ‘tadpoling’! You got some great shots. I have plenty of photos like the one you had of the backside of a bird! If you find a market for those, please let me know! ?
The Malachite is one of 9 kingfisher species found at Londolozi. Measuring just 14 cm from tail to bill and weighing only 17 grams, it would seldom be seen if it weren’t for the bright colouration of its bill and feathers. Occupying the margins of rivers and pans, it is not often you get a good view of them. As with most small birds, they are high-energy and seldom sit still for long. This was why we were so fortunate two weeks ago to come across one fishing at small waterhole in the southern reaches of Londolozi.
After seeing that it was quite content with our presence, we positioned as close as possible to the pan – irrespective of your lens size a bird this small never really fills the frame!
Over the next hour we were treated to an expert display of hunting from the small bird. The speed of its movements meant we needed the full hour in order to experiment with different techniques and settings in order to get the shots we wanted.
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Yes, I was shooting on the A-C setting for continuous focus, although once getting my focus where I wanted it, I released the focus button to ensure the focus remained in the same place when I started shooting. I was using just the single central focus setting. With the speed the bird was flying, I needed at least 1/2500 to focus. In addition the good light made it possible to use this without having too high an ISO. I was shooting on manual (selecting aperture, shutter speed and over/under exposure), with auto ISO. If you need additional tips, pop into our photographic studio when you are here in November!