It is not easy to fill the frame with this colorful migrant, given its shyness and small size (6 inches total length). This kingfisher is found all over the Philippine islands from late August to June, but it’s not as common as its name implies.
An effective way to get close is to look for fishponds where the kingfisher is used to seeing people around, then stake out near a favorite perching spot. This was what I did at San Juan, Batangas, in 2008. I used the trunk of a coconut tree as cover and hand held the 1D MII + 700 mm from a kneeling position.
Common Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis, migrant)
Habitat – Along coasts, fish ponds and open rivers.
|Shooting Info – San Juan, Batangas, Philippines, September 29, 2008, Canon 1D MII + EF 500 f4 IS + Canon 1.4x TC II, 700 mm, f/8, ISO 400, 1/1600 sec, manual exposure in available light, hand held.|