The Collared Kingfisher normally takes to the air only when swooping at a prey or transferring from one perch to another. There it usually stays for many minutes, with its head constantly bobbing, and its eyes looking for potential meal.
This bird was flushed from its rock-perch at Manila Bay by a shell-gatherer who was walking along the shore . The bird whizzed by me and it flew just above the seawater surface towards another rock-perch. I got lucky…. I was able to acquire the subject fast enough during the short flight for this shot.
Collared Kingfisher (Todiramphus chloris, resident)
Habitat: Coastal areas to open country, but seldom in forest.
Shooting Info – Coastal Lagoon, Manila Bay, Philippines, September 17, 2010, Canon 1D MIV + EF 500 f4 L IS + Canon 1.4x TC II, 700 mm, f/7.1, ISO 400, 1/1600 sec, manual exposure in available light, 475B/3421 support.