I have a few terabytes of backlogged photos I’ve never posted — many of which should probably stay archived. But, I thought for sure I’d published this one. When I searched my blog archives, it appears this image never touched the pages of The Quark.

This is a banner I created last year of a Belted Kingfisher in flight (Ceryle alcyon). I shot these frames off Elliott Bay in Seattle, and layered them in Photoshop to create the composite. In my experience Belted Kingfishers are shy of the lens, so I don’t bother them too often with my camera. This particular kingfisher male was dipping repeatedly for fish, right where I was sitting and photographing the Caspian Terns last summer.

Individual kingfisher images photographed with my Olympus E-3 and Zuiko 70-300mm lens (f4.0-5.6) at 300mm — 600mm equivalent (35mm)

Belted Kingfisher in Flight Composite

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