Copyright © 2017 by Ali Bernie Buga-ay, all rights reserved. Common Kingfisher: this photograph may not be used without permission.

For the past three years that I discovered this bird to be around at my secret birding area, I had been watching and paying attention as it comes every year. I was so afraid that they must have been brutally affected by the very long drought since 2015 to 2016. Well, nature has its own way of coming back, this bird is resilient and this time I found two siblings flying around and perching together. of course there are more to find around this area, but its coming back is really a joy as they frolic around the lake.

The best thing about watching them for the past two weeks now is that, they allowed me to come very close without a hide. I just decided to walk near them and setup my tripod and they only got frightened of the shutter as it roars to annoy them. I just need to take advantage of the cordial acceptance of my presence. I took my wife to the area several times and then today we were very worried of not finding them at 6:00 am but they showed up at about 8:00 am and we had to hurry then to go to work. After clocking out, I drove fast to the national park again and it was difficult finding the Common Kingfisher this time and I decided to visit the park office and talked to the chief about possibilities of working together in mapping the birds at the park. He was so happy of my offer and then we made some initial projects to start with. After that, I decided to make the last round to find this beauty; there it was on a broken twig. I told Arpha to relax and take her time in setting up her gear and move forward gently. We were just ten to fifteen feet away. What a rush!

Namtok Samlan National Park, Saraburi, Thailand
Nikon D500 + Nikkor 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR


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