At the beginning of the week I was on my own. Ross was away on business and Grace was away with her father. So, on Monday evening I set off for Chard Reservoir – a place I had been meaning to go for a while – and made sure I arrived in time for golden hour. It was so beautiful that I wrote a poem about it earlier in the week and shared a couple of the photos I had taken.
Whilst I was there, I got chatting to a lady who was clearly a frequent visitor. She asked me if I had seen the Kingfisher. I told her that I hadn’t and would probably be unlikely to. She also told me that there was a bird hide on the other side of the reservoir and I noticed when I left that it was open from 8am until 3.30pm. So, the next morning, when I couldn’t get back to sleep after waking early, I grabbed my camera and set off in time for the hide to open.
I had the place to myself and was mainly focusing on the right hand side of the hide. After around 15 minutes, I decided to get up and swap to the other side and, as I did, I saw a glint of blue. I knew it. It was the Kingfisher.
I had originally thought that the T-shaped piece of wood was for measuring the water levels but then I realised as the Kingfisher sat there that it was there for him! He was there for around 2 or 3 minutes so I photographed on constant mode. I was lucky that I had my 300mm lens on the camera and that the shaking I experienced – due to the excitement! – didn’t show up in the end result. I managed to just about photograph him as he flew away. He was gone in an instant. I was so excited but there was no one to share it with so I texted Ross! And then came back and shared my experience on Facebook – worrying that, on the drive home, the SD card would somehow get corrupted! Thankfully not though.
I photographed on manual mode with autofocus using a 300mm lens. Aperture F5.6 and shutter speed of 1/2000 with auto white balance and auto ISO.