An Afternoon with a Pied Kingfisher and Nikon 1 Gear

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Nikon 1 V2 Nikon 1 VR 70-300mm at 300mm f/5.6, 1/640s, ISO 280 Manual Exposure

The Equipment. A Nikon 1 V2 camera and a Nikon 1 VR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 Lens giving an equivalent focal length range of 189-810mm. An small mirrorless camera with a 1 inch sensor but with one of the best Auto-focus and subject tracking capabilities available out there.

The Subject. A Pied Kingfisher (Scientific name: Ceryle rudis). Looking Hungry and ready to hunt. A large-headed, stout-bodied and short-legged bird with a straight, strong, dagger-like, black bill , the Pied Kingfisher is extremely agile in the air and hovers far more often than other kingfishers . In flight, it holds the body almost vertical, with the head and bill angled sharply downwards, and beats the wings extremely rapidly.

The Location: The Kataria Lake in the Daly College Campus, Indore, India.

This is my first attempt to capture photos of birds in flight. So I put the camera in Manual exposure mode, the shutter in Silent mode( This activates in electronic shutter), Auto ISO up to ISO 3200 and experimented with a combination of Shutter speeds and apertures.

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Nikon 1 V2 Nikon 1 VR 70-300mm at 144mm f/5.6, 1/1000s, ISO 160 Manual Exposure
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Nikon 1 V2 Nikon 1 VR 70-300mm at 144mm f/5.6, 1/1000s, ISO 160 Manual Exposure
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Nikon 1 V2 Nikon 1 VR 70-300mm at 144mm f/5.6, 1/1000s, ISO 160 Manual Exposure
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Nikon 1 V2 Nikon 1 VR 70-300mm at 144mm f/5.6, 1/1000s, ISO 160 Manual Exposure
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Nikon 1 V2 Nikon 1 VR 70-300mm at 144mm f/5.6, 1/1000s, ISO 160 Manual Exposure
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Nikon 1 V2 Nikon 1 VR 70-300mm at 144mm f/5.6, 1/1000s, ISO 160 Manual Exposure
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Nikon 1 V2 Nikon 1 VR 70-300mm at 144mm f/5.6, 1/1000s, ISO 160 Manual Exposure

Another Series after getting little closer. The Camera is put on AF-C mode with Subject Tracking.

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Nikon 1 V2 Nikon 1 VR 70-300mm at 204.5mm f/5.6, 1/1000s, ISO 160 Manual Exposure
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Nikon 1 V2 Nikon 1 VR 70-300mm at 204.5mm f/5.6, 1/1000s, ISO 160 Manual Exposure
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Nikon 1 V2 Nikon 1 VR 70-300mm at 204.5mm f/5.6, 1/1000s, ISO 160 Manual Exposure
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Nikon 1 V2 Nikon 1 VR 70-300mm at 204.5mm f/5.6, 1/1000s, ISO 160 Manual Exposure
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Nikon 1 V2 Nikon 1 VR 70-300mm at 204.5mm f/5.6, 1/1000s, ISO 160 Manual Exposure
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Nikon 1 V2 Nikon 1 VR 70-300mm at 204.5mm f/5.6, 1/1000s, ISO 160 Manual Exposure

A little more close now with the focal length at 272.4mm. I keep the VR in active mode as I found out that it is giving better results than Normal mode.

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Nikon 1 V2 Nikon 1 VR 70-300mm at 272.4mm f/6.3, 1/1250s, ISO 160 Manual Exposure
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Nikon 1 V2 Nikon 1 VR 70-300mm at 272.4mm f/6.3, 1/1250s, ISO 160 Manual Exposure
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Nikon 1 V2 Nikon 1 VR 70-300mm at 272.4mm f/6.3, 1/1250s, ISO 160 Manual Exposure
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Nikon 1 V2 Nikon 1 VR 70-300mm at 272.4mm f/6.3, 1/1250s, ISO 160 Manual Exposure
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Nikon 1 V2 Nikon 1 VR 70-300mm at 272.4mm f/6.3, 1/1250s, ISO 180 Manual Exposure

A more experienced and accomplished photographer would have taken much better photographs than these here with the same equipment but I had loads of fun and I intend to do more bird photography in the future and improve myself.

And here is a couple of photographs after the Kingfisher had caught his prey.

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Nikon 1 V2 Nikon 1 VR 70-300mm at 291.6mm f/5.6, 1/1250s, ISO 160 Manual Exposure
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Nikon 1 V2 Nikon 1 VR 70-300mm at 291.4mm f/5.6, 1/1250s, ISO 160 Manual Exposure

Please Click on an image to view a larger size. And have a nice day.

 

 

 

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