It’s A Kind Of Magic


Well for me it is. Over the years I have tried to capture a Kingfisher with little success. Too far away, or flying too fast for the camera focus to lock up on, always a disaster when I looked at the photographs. Until yesterday. So here it is my first ever Kingfisher that I’m happy enough to show you.

Kingfisher

To me that’s magic….

That’s it for this week, a really short one but I wanted to show you the photograph, not ramble on.

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Update – 25 November 2016 17:18 hrs: Not long after I posted this to the Weekly Challenge I received an email saying it had been selected for Discover, a place where WordPress highlight some of the best content published with WordPress. Wow, that is an honour.

Here’s what other bloggers are saying about this weeks challenge.

annembray Magic Moment – From Studio to Gallery
aNadventures Magic
Fairy Tale World – Lizz Beth Ashley
Colline’s Blog View from a Train
magic – Photographic Trek
through the luminary lens All about the magic of water & photons – no joking!
Weekly Photo Challenge- Magic
It’s OK Because You Made It – The Foxy Igorota
Ruth E Hendricks Photography Late Afternoon at U of Pitt Campus
Julie Powell – Photographer & Graphic Artist WPC – Magic

175 thoughts on “It’s A Kind Of Magic

  1. Cynthia Guenther Richardson November 26, 2016 / 07:18

    Gorgeous shot; I happy you shared this…magical indeed! Congratulations on being chosen for Discover so many more can appreciate your eye!

    Liked by 8 people

    • Mike Hardisty November 27, 2016 / 12:06

      It’s a funny thing Discover and I wonder how many people actually use it, Cynthia. Still I’m not complaining and the last time I was featured on Discover things got really busy for a few days. I had a lot of emails to reply to.

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  2. Colline November 26, 2016 / 15:05

    What a stunning photo! It shows the Kingfisher in all its glory.

    Liked by 6 people

    • Mike Hardisty November 27, 2016 / 12:08

      I was lucky Colline. The area where the Kingfisher visits and hunts has been flooded with heavy rain water and exceptionally high tides. All of it’s normal perches have been covered with water, so it came a lot closer to the hide to fish, making it easier for me to photograph and best of all on the day I went to the lagoon the light was fantastic.

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  3. petspeopleandlife November 26, 2016 / 15:40

    This is probably the best Kingfisher photo that I’ve seen. The colors and sharpness are perfect. How does one find “WP Discover? I have never seen Discover before.

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    • Mike Hardisty November 27, 2016 / 12:11

      Thank you Yvonne, I’m happy with it, bust as I told Colline in an earlier comment I was lucky with the conditions. Discover is not something I use but it appears to be a forum for highlighting posts that the WP Editors like. You can find it here https://discover.wordpress.com/

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  4. Little Web Hub November 30, 2016 / 14:21

    Mike you doing hard thing. In India no body time for nature. Even a child can’t tell 10 birds name. Thanks for Post. And nice photo.

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    • Mike Hardisty December 5, 2016 / 09:29

      Thank you for taking the time to comment

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  5. brockbuildersteel November 30, 2016 / 14:51

    Awesome Mike’ Vivid Electric Blues there; I bet you were high on the Moment when spotting the wee bird. Thanks for sharing it.

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    • Mike Hardisty December 5, 2016 / 09:31

      It’s been visiting that location all winter but this is the first time I’ve seen it so close.

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  6. eyesofseraphim November 30, 2016 / 14:59

    Nature is a very magical place and your photograph of the Kingfisher is absolutely stunning. Thank you for making my day this gloomy/rainy morning.

    Liked by 4 people

  7. mrmickca November 30, 2016 / 15:15

    Beautiful shot! Sharp, colourful, and definitely ‘Discover’ worthy. I look forward to seeing more of your photos.

    Liked by 5 people

  8. cassmears1 November 30, 2016 / 15:42

    At first I thought “oh it’s just a bird” & I found myself scrolling back up to look at it’s colors and the nature surrounding it. It made me stop for a minute. So thank you🙂

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    • Mike Hardisty December 6, 2016 / 15:26

      It’s a bird I have been trying a long time to photograph properly so I’m glad you liked it.

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  9. wengiegirl November 30, 2016 / 16:13

    Beautiful…
    Nature has the best definition of beauty..!
    Check out my blogs u will love it:)

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  10. arechea November 30, 2016 / 16:59

    Beautiful picture! I envy you. I live near a wetland and I take pictures of different animals but I’m a different way. Unfortunately they are dead animals:

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  11. arechea November 30, 2016 / 17:01

    They are knocked down by cars. You can see in marjalxeresa.wordpress.com. I hope this will change something.

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    • Mike Hardisty December 6, 2016 / 15:27

      That’s a shame that cars get them

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    • Mike Hardisty December 6, 2016 / 15:28

      I think so and probably one of the most colourful birds we have

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  12. shreyovi November 30, 2016 / 18:14

    Firstly congrats on your achievement. This photo is superb. Seriously every part of are nature is so perfect and colourful.

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    • Mike Hardisty December 6, 2016 / 15:39

      It truly is whether it’s animals or landscapes

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    • Mike Hardisty December 6, 2016 / 15:40

      If the sun catches the bird right…….

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  13. brielleh November 30, 2016 / 19:39

    Congratulations on getting on Discover! The Kingfisher is also looking mighty regal!

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    • Mike Hardisty December 6, 2016 / 15:40

      I like her and her colours are really amazing

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  14. serendipity031 November 30, 2016 / 21:22

    There’s just a way off capturing elegance and colour in a shot, which you do time and time again

    Liked by 3 people

    • Mike Hardisty December 6, 2016 / 15:41

      Thank you so much for your kind comment

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  15. findinghasunohana December 1, 2016 / 00:51

    Thank you for sharing this beautiful shot. That bird is just stunning!

    Liked by 3 people

    • Mike Hardisty December 6, 2016 / 15:42

      The sun was in the right place to show off the colours

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  16. amiweirdblog December 1, 2016 / 01:07

    As Kingfishers Catch Fire
    By Gerard Manley Hopkins

    As kingfishers catch fire, dragonflies draw flame;
    As tumbled over rim in roundy wells
    Stones ring; like each tucked string tells, each hung bell’s
    Bow swung finds tongue to fling out broad its name;
    Each mortal thing does one thing and the same:
    Deals out that being indoors each one dwells;
    Selves — goes itself; myself it speaks and spells,
    Crying Whát I dó is me: for that I came.

    I say móre: the just man justices;
    Keeps grace: thát keeps all his goings graces;
    Acts in God’s eye what in God’s eye he is —
    Chríst — for Christ plays in ten thousand places,
    Lovely in limbs, and lovely in eyes not his
    To the Father through the features of men’s faces.

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  17. aliholly5484 December 1, 2016 / 01:54

    I’ve always been impressed with this bird. They’re so interesting, and pretty.

    Liked by 2 people

    • Mike Hardisty December 6, 2016 / 15:44

      I agree…and finally I’ve managed to photograph it.

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  18. Max Weber December 1, 2016 / 02:32

    I love that feature photo. It looked so professional!

    Liked by 2 people

    • Mike Hardisty December 6, 2016 / 17:57

      Thank you but I’m just an amatuer

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  19. writegill December 1, 2016 / 07:25

    One shot and you want to stay with it for a while.

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    • Mike Hardisty December 6, 2016 / 18:02

      Yes I was rather luck to capture it but she is such a beautiful bird

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  20. lolalynwrites December 1, 2016 / 07:39

    This is such a striking photograph of a tiny, so cute & very fast kingfisher. I wonder how you did it but you captured it so breathtakingly captivating. You have an eye for beauty, its hues of blue & orange colors with splashes of white are bright & vivid, Your photo is indeed magical! I really enjoyed looking. Keep on keeping on, capture more of nature’s beauty.

    Liked by 3 people

    • Mike Hardisty December 6, 2016 / 18:04

      The normal area were she hunts was flooded by heavy rains and all her normal perches were under water. So she came much closer to were we were set up to photograph her. Just luck I guess

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      • The Girl With Purple Dockers December 6, 2016 / 18:34

        No problem, the picture link came up with code ,I’ve taken some really nice pictures on my blog as well which have inspired poetry if you’d like to take a look . A picture really does tell a thousand words x

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  21. rochelleannarcinue December 1, 2016 / 14:32

    ..how I wish I can also take a shot or capture such amazingly wondeful Kingfisher! #magnificent

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    • Mike Hardisty December 7, 2016 / 16:04

      It’s taken me years to get this one

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  22. classyqueeny December 1, 2016 / 18:17

    What a handsome bird. haha❤ and lovely article by the way.

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    • Mike Hardisty December 7, 2016 / 16:05

      She sure is and thank you for your comment

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  23. gabs4peace December 1, 2016 / 18:29

    It always amazes me how a simple subject such as a bird can open our eyes to the wonders of the beautiful world outside. The colors you have captured in this lovely image are truly stunning and show the natural intensity that is within life.

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    • Mike Hardisty December 7, 2016 / 16:06

      It helps that it was a beautiful sunny day which makes the colour stand out more

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  24. BuntyMcC December 1, 2016 / 20:19

    Fantastic shot; your patience paid off. You were in a hide, I see in one of your comments. A lady I know on PEI has told stories of how many outings and how long it took her to get a shot of a Kingfisher. I know that without a blind/hide you can’t get within 100 yards of them before they fly off!

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    • Mike Hardisty December 7, 2016 / 16:07

      Having the hide makes a difference but the Kingfisher must know we are there

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  25. Alex December 1, 2016 / 22:32

    I just found you on discover.
    Great shot and well done for never giving up. I find birds one of the hardest subjects to get right but you nailed it with this kingfisher.

    Liked by 2 people

    • Mike Hardisty December 7, 2016 / 16:08

      I don’t often photograph them, mainly I the winter months when I can’t get into the mountains

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  26. Timothy Harlow December 1, 2016 / 23:42

    Sweet shot. I have never been good with birds yet, so your photo inspires me. It is beautiful.

    Liked by 3 people

      • Timothy Harlow December 7, 2016 / 16:49

        I really appreciate the skill and patience that it takes to get those kind of wildlife photos. I really like your work. One of the things I am enjoying most about WordPress is the thoughtfulness and professionalism of the contributors.

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  27. Marc and Ann December 2, 2016 / 02:49

    Love this photo. The Kingfisher is my favorite bird. We live in rural Cambodia near Vietnam and this bird flies through our backyard!

    Liked by 2 people

  28. manjiri28 December 2, 2016 / 13:53

    Magic indeed!! Such a beautiful capture of the kingfisher

    Liked by 3 people

  29. shruti502 December 2, 2016 / 21:06

    Thank you for giving us a glimpse of your picture.It is beautiful and indeed splendid! I appreciate and respect your patience and relentless pursuit.Keep flying!!

    Liked by 3 people

  30. My Kindle Commute December 2, 2016 / 23:52

    Great photograph – congratulations on getting the shot you’ve always wanted!

    Liked by 3 people

    • Mike Hardisty December 7, 2016 / 16:14

      She sure is beautiful and thank you for the comment

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    • Mike Hardisty December 7, 2016 / 16:16

      She does look serene just sitting there and to give me her profile even better

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  31. Tamara Williams December 3, 2016 / 19:00

    Congratulations on finally getting the shot you wanted! In college I wanted to do a “how long it took” art show where all of the rejected, ruined, blurry, just-not-quite-right shots were layered underneath my final photograph. There literally wasn’t enough room in the gallery I was showing in to do it haha

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    • Mike Hardisty December 9, 2016 / 08:08

      I would be able to fill a gallery easily. Six years I have been trying to get a good photograph of this little but beautiful bird.

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  32. Jane Lurie December 4, 2016 / 06:25

    Congratulations, Mike! Well deserved- I love your work. I’m pleased to share with you that I joined you! Such a thrill to be Discovered, isn’t it?! 😉

    Liked by 2 people

    • Mike Hardisty December 7, 2016 / 16:18

      It’s a great thrill, Jane but it’s taken me ages to get around to replying to all the comments.

      Liked by 1 person

        • Mike Hardisty December 7, 2016 / 16:23

          You were the last one I had to reply to Jane and then I noticed another 18 awaiting approval…Ah well keep going.

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          • Jane Lurie December 7, 2016 / 20:48

            How fun! We love these “good” problems!

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  33. karlasellshomes December 4, 2016 / 08:20

    That’s an awesome picture. I reminds me of a movie I watched when I was a kid, where if you find the blue bird that means you find happiness. I wish I could find my blue bird now. Lovely bird and amazing picture.

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    • Mike Hardisty December 7, 2016 / 16:24

      I must admit I was more than happy when I got the photograph

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  34. featuresmag December 4, 2016 / 18:09

    Great content

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  35. Ridtz Raschid December 5, 2016 / 00:49

    its great to also read your ramblings, and prolly in your next shoot-out, you could include your EXIF? That’d be cool, for other photographers to learn from. Fabulous shot !! Love it.

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    • Mike Hardisty December 7, 2016 / 16:30

      I host all of my blog photographs on Flickr. So if you click on the photograph it will take you to Flickr where you will be able to see the main EXIF information, like Shutter Speed, ISO, F Stop. You can also get extended EXIF information by clicking the link on Flickr. Hope this helps.

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    • Mike Hardisty December 7, 2016 / 16:32

      Thank you for taking the time to comment and I’m glad you liked the photograph

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  36. Jenn December 5, 2016 / 04:16

    Beautiful. Such an amazing colors🙂

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    • Mike Hardisty December 7, 2016 / 16:33

      She is beautiful and the sun helps to bring out those colours

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    • Mike Hardisty December 7, 2016 / 16:34

      So do I, such an athletic little bird and the colours are beautiful

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  37. Jodecouvre December 5, 2016 / 16:36

    Such beautiful birds. I used to see them at a lake near where I lived as a child. They’re magical.

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    • Mike Hardisty December 7, 2016 / 16:36

      There’s a pair of them which visit the location I was at

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  38. Eric Klingenberg December 6, 2016 / 07:23

    Reblogged this on Eric's blog and commented:
    Try to find a new blog today, I came across this photo so here it for you enjoyment.

    Liked by 2 people

    • Mike Hardisty December 9, 2016 / 08:11

      It’s always nice when someone compliments a post so thank you for your kind comment

      Liked by 1 person

  39. hikeminded December 9, 2016 / 14:58

    Wow! I got that with a sheep not running away from me for once🙂 But this one is exceptional!

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