During my last workshop in South Texas in Feb 2010, we noticed a Belted Kingfisher on the ranch pond.
We quickly did a set-up for this beautiful bird. The first thing we did was to set up a long perch in the water. I have found that Kingfishers prefer a perch in the water over one on the bank, because he will have a 360 degree view of the water. The height of the perch was set-up so that we had the distant bank as out background.
The next step was to build a cage to house minnows. This was built out of PVC pipe and fine mesh screening. A swimmers floatation tube was used to keep the rig afloat. This cage was to keep the minnows alive.
We also used a small childrens plastic swimming pool to float on top of the water. This was used on the days we were shooting. We would take some minnows from the deeper mesh cage and put them in the small plastic shallow pond.
We also changed out the perch each day for different looks.
Here’s a couple of images of the set-up.
All of the workshop participants managed to get great images of the Kingfisher. Below are some of those images.
I have a good feeling that this bird will be there when we return for workshops early in 2011. If you are interested in joining me, drop me a line and I’ll add you to the list.