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Oh, happiness! πŸ™‚ I finally found one! This Eurasian Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis) was seen in the Amsterdamse Bos. I struggled with my new camera, wasn’t able to get a good shot, but at least I got one. Isn’t he gorgeous?


47 responses

  1. ivar


    October 15, 2014 at 5:21 PM

    • Indeed, if my life was a Disney movie then the moment when I saw this bird would be when everyone would burst out in song. πŸ˜‰

      October 16, 2014 at 4:54 PM

  2. I remember my first kingfisher sighting – it’s still exciting! They are fabulous birds. πŸ˜‰

    October 15, 2014 at 5:24 PM

  3. Congrats! and not a bad shot at all – you captured an interesting pose as well as the brilliant colors.

    October 15, 2014 at 5:39 PM

    • Thanks Nick! No, it’s a terrible shot -blurry and grainy-, but the bird is fantastic! πŸ˜€

      October 16, 2014 at 4:55 PM

  4. Edith Gotlieb

    WOW! unbelievable!

    Sent from my iPad


    October 15, 2014 at 5:46 PM

  5. Wonderful capture. πŸ™‚

    October 15, 2014 at 5:50 PM

    • Thanks Mike! He certainly brightened up an otherwise grey day! πŸ™‚

      October 16, 2014 at 4:58 PM

  6. What a handsome fellow!

    October 15, 2014 at 6:01 PM

  7. Well done! I’d be more than pleased to get a shot like this! πŸ™‚

    October 15, 2014 at 6:05 PM

    • Thanks John! Though I don’t believe you, your photos are always super sharp and well focused. πŸ™‚

      October 16, 2014 at 4:59 PM

  8. Beautiful bird, great photo!

    October 15, 2014 at 6:18 PM

  9. justmusing

    sure is! and what an expression he has got! A star!!!

    October 15, 2014 at 6:31 PM

    • He was very focused on the water, and the second after I took this shot he dived into the water, came up a second later with a big fish! πŸ™‚

      October 16, 2014 at 5:00 PM

  10. He almost looks like he could glow in the dark. Beautiful bird!

    October 15, 2014 at 6:56 PM

    • Yes, that electric blue is really something! It’s quite surprising how well they hide, even though there are several Kingfishers here you don’t see them often. I’ve been looking for a long time and this was just my second sighting. (The first one went undocumented because it flew way faster than I could capture it with my camera!)

      October 16, 2014 at 5:03 PM

  11. He is absolutely gorgeous, Calee!

    October 15, 2014 at 7:41 PM

  12. Terrific catch!
    We’ve started seeing
    (Belted, I think) Kingfishers here, too, but so far, all my shots are a blur! They are so fast and so fascinating to watch! I love how they stop in mid air and just flap their wings – looking sort of like giant hummingbirds

    October 15, 2014 at 8:56 PM

    • Thanks! I’d love to see a Belted Kingfisher, we don’t have them over here. I’ve never seen them stop mid air, but it sounds really cool! πŸ™‚

      October 16, 2014 at 5:05 PM

  13. I’ve never seen a Kingfisher in real life, they are so gorgeous, beautiful colours. Lucky you, to have captured one!!! πŸ™‚

    October 15, 2014 at 10:36 PM

    • Yes, they are! It was great to finally see one! πŸ™‚

      October 16, 2014 at 5:07 PM

  14. This truly is a pretty bird. More colorful than the Kingfisher that I see in Texas. Very nice shot.

    October 16, 2014 at 2:05 AM

    • Thanks Yvonne! I’ve been wanting to see and photograph this bird for a long time. Finally I got to do both! πŸ™‚

      October 16, 2014 at 5:08 PM

  15. He’s a beauty. Congratulations, Camilla.

    Blessings ~ Wendy ❀

    October 16, 2014 at 3:17 AM

  16. Jealous!

    October 16, 2014 at 3:35 AM

    • I know the feeling, I’ve felt it every time I’ve seen other people’s pictures of these birds. πŸ˜‰

      October 16, 2014 at 5:10 PM

  17. Wow, Camilla, I now realize why you wanted so much to see a kingfisher. Your Eurasian Kingfisher is so much more colorful than the Belted Kingfishers that I see from time to time. Congratulations on getting a clear shot of one that captured both the colors and the attitude of the bird. Congratulations on your new SX60–I remember so well when you first got the SX50 and were worried about being able to get shots of birds.

    October 16, 2014 at 8:29 AM

    • Thanks Mike! They’re amazing, aren’t they? So cool!! Your Belted Kingfisher is different in color and also twice the size of our Kingfisher (which is sparrow-sized). I was very upset that I didn’t get a better shot, it’s blurry and grainy. So far the SX60 is a disappointment, I find both IQ and IS worse than SX50. If you’re still thinking of getting a PS, I recommend you to get the SX50 (which drops in price now as well).

      October 16, 2014 at 5:15 PM

      • Thanks for the advice. I think I am going to get the SX50 as my travel camera and also to take along with me for some of my bird photos this coming winter. I’ve seen really mixed reviews about the SX60, especially about the extra zoom range.

        October 16, 2014 at 10:41 PM

  18. Wow, Kingfishers are just gorgeous!


    October 16, 2014 at 10:01 AM

    • Yes they are! Thanks for stopping by, little friends. πŸ™‚

      October 16, 2014 at 5:15 PM

  19. Gorgeous, oh yes, this is a great find and capture Calee. Congratulations for your find ~

    October 17, 2014 at 2:45 PM

    • Thanks Mary! I was thrilled to finally see one of these beauties. πŸ˜€

      October 18, 2014 at 8:10 AM

  20. Fabulous Camilla, one of my favourtie birds. When you’re down on the river and you see that flash of blue, you know you’re in for a treat.

    October 18, 2014 at 7:43 AM

    • Thanks Adrian! I’ve only seen one before, and then it was indeed a flash of blue (they fly so fast!), so it was great to find one perched! πŸ™‚

      October 18, 2014 at 8:13 AM

  21. Really hard to photograph, aren’t they?

    October 20, 2014 at 4:20 AM

    • Really hard to find in the first place, I’d say. πŸ˜‰ But once you find one, which isn’t in flight, it shouldn’t be difficult to get a decent shot. I just have to learn how to use my new camera properly!

      October 20, 2014 at 7:38 AM

  22. Wonderful! Such a colorful little fellow. I love kingfishers – they have such energy and intensity!

    October 21, 2014 at 3:49 AM

  23. Sitting here with a HUUUDGE smile! I so know the feeling of seeing one..but not yet experienced the capturing feeling apart from one time…Every time I go for a sunset to the river the cheeky buggers give me a whistle and shoot of !! lol It nearly becomes a game …great great grrrrreat shot ! πŸ˜€

    November 1, 2014 at 10:18 AM

    • Thanks so much!! So you and your kingfishers have a little game going on! May the best bird/woman win πŸ˜€ I trust you’ll post a picture if you win!

      November 5, 2014 at 6:28 PM

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