18 Photographers Share Their Incredible Stories on Nature and Wildlife Photography
“Kingfishers are swift and territorial, and are often found patrolling their side of the river. Only a vigilant eye will land you your shot.”
The Kingfisher is a commonly found bird in my hometown. I wanted to make a photograph showcasing the agility and speediness of the bird. I shot a lot that day, but every attempt seemed futile. Eventually, I even found myself waist deep in muck, while I was pursuing the bird. However, some time in the evening, I finally got my shot as the bird came swooping down to grab its meal from the river body. The light was low and my equipment basic, but the moment is often everything. “Kingfishers are swift and territorial, and are often found patrolling their side of the river. Only a vigilant eye will land you your shot.”
Camera: Nikon D90
Lens: Nikkor AF-S VR Zoom 70–300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED
Exposure: 1/500sec at f/4.8, ISO 1200
Environment Comes First
Unfortunately, a lot of wildlife photographers have inadvertently been responsible for destroying the natural habitat of animals. The pursuit of the perfect shot is unending, but never at the compromise of the environment. Photographing a bird’s nest is an absolute no-no, and respect the rules of any sanctuary you visit.