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.


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.


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

68 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 6 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.

      Liked by 4 people

  2. Colline November 26, 2016 / 15:05

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

    Liked by 4 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.

      Liked by 4 people

  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.

    Liked by 4 people

    • 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

      Liked by 3 people

  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.

    Liked by 5 people

  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.

    Liked by 2 people

  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 2 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 3 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🙂

    Liked by 3 people

  9. wengiegirl November 30, 2016 / 16:13

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

    Liked by 1 person

  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:

    Liked by 1 person

  11. arechea November 30, 2016 / 17:01

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

    Liked by 1 person

  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.

    Liked by 1 person

  13. brielleh November 30, 2016 / 19:39

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

    Liked by 1 person

  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 1 person

  15. 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.

    Liked by 1 person

  16. aliholly5484 December 1, 2016 / 01:54

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


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

    I love that feature photo. It looked so professional!


  18. shreyovi December 1, 2016 / 03:32

    Simply beautiful. Nature at its best.


  19. toshabntz December 1, 2016 / 04:44

    I love Kingfishers too. Very nice shot!


  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 1 person

  21. 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.

    Liked by 1 person

  22. 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!

    Liked by 1 person

  23. 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.


  24. 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 1 person

  25. 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!


  26. 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 1 person

  27. 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?! 😉


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