A Half Collared Kingfisher

A Half Collared Kingfisher is one of the fasted little birds I have ever managed to photograph in my home town of Knysna, Western Cape, South Africa.

So I thought, how better to try and test the new Canon EOS R6 which I have on loan from Canon South Africa. I was invited by my friend Brian to join him late one afternoon this week to put myself to the test. A pair of these kingfishers are nesting down on the Duthie wetland in Knysna.

Please note that it is private property and you may not enter it at all. There are enough vantage points open to public access to enjoy bird watching.

Things I was interested in analysing were:

  • The use EF 1.4 extenders on the EF 200-400 F4 lens to the R6 body
  • How does the tracking and eye focus react
  • ISO results in the lower evening light

Note the editing done on Canon DIgital Professional as there is no other raw converter at present

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If you look at the information and exif data you will see that the system more than lived up to my expectations. Even the ISO 12800 images being clean and crisp. Tracking of these bullets was impressive and accurate.

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Please note my full review of the Canon R6 will be published next week

The Half-collared kingfisher (Alcedo semitorquata) is a medium sized kingfisher in the subfamily Alcedininae, around 18 cm long with a weight of 35–40 g and is found in southern and eastern Africa. It feeds almost exclusively on fish and frequents streams, rivers and larger bodies of water. The dark blue patches on either side of the neck form a half collar and the legs and feet are red. The sexes are very similar but the bill of the male is entirely black while the female has some red at the base of the lower mandible.

I hope you found this review interesting and learnt something new about one of my photographic subjects. If you have any questions, let me know below.