Stopping by a local creek to check for waterfowl I caught sight of a belted kingfisher sitting on a branch overhanging the water. With no chance for a photo because of intervening brush and a locked gate precluding me moving the car any farther my only chance for a photo was to get out of the vehicle. As I expected the kingfisher flew away as the car door opened.
Moments later the kingfisher flew past again. Looking at the overhanging branch I realized that it was a perfect lookout spot. Knowing that kingfishers will use a favored perch repeatedly I decided there was a good chance that the bird would soon return. Setting up the camera rig I waited motionless and was rewarded with the kingfisher returning withing about 15 minutes. However I had not taken into account a nearby tree just to the left of the perch. Although I had a clear view of the bird the out-of-focus tree washed soft color across the image keeping it from being the image I had hoped for.
At times it is desirable to use nearby out of focus objects to impart softness and color to an image; however this time it was not the case.
A short time later I spotted the kingfisher a considerable distance way creating quite a commotion. I have observed kingfishers catching fish by diving but this bird was flying low over the water repeatedly submerging and emerging. My guess would be that it was taking a bath, however I am not familiar enough with kingfisher behaviour to be certain.
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