The 8 am sun was starting to emit photons on the harsh side when I got near this Manila Bay resident. Nonetheless, the eye contact, good detail and the natural perch made this capture a favorite of mine for this species, the most common of Philippine kingfishers. This bird has a total length of about 9-1/2 inches.
Collared Kingfisher (Todiramphus chloris, resident)
Habitat – Coastal areas to open country, seldom in forest.
Shooting Info – Coastal Lagoon, Manila Bay, Philippines, November 3, 2010, Canon 1D MIV + EF 500 f4 L IS + Canon 1.4x TC II,
700 mm, f/7.1, ISO 400, 1/1250 sec, manual exposure in available light, 475B/3421 support.