What You See When a Kingfisher’s About to Eat You

By Rebecca Horne | July 20, 2010 3:57 pm

A female kingfisher plunges into a pond in southwestern England hot on the tail of a tasty little fish. These birds’ eyes have special filters thought to reduce glare, giving them a clearer view of underwater prey from above. A third eyelid, called a nictitating membrane, protects their eyes when they strike the water at high speed.

Photographer Charlie Hamilton James placed the camera in a waterproof box and set it up in the pond, wired to an infrared trigger that fired when something crossed its path. This image was the result of several weeks of patient monitoring. James: “When shooting wildlife my aim is to show the subjects as they exist in their environment. This is particularly the case with kingfishers, which are more often than not shot close up with wide-angle lenses in order to show them in their river landscape.”

Charlie Hamilton James/Nature Picture Library

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  • Crawford Best

    Fantastic !

  • http://untitledvanityproject.blogspot.com Rhacodactylus

    The beauty and skill involved in nature photography is amazing. It makes you glad Charlie is a shutterbug and not a hunter.

  • ErnestPayne

    Congratulations.

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  • KingFish

    Absolutely breath taking..

  • KingFish

    # Crawford Best Says:
    July 20th, 2010 at 5:14 pm

    Fantastic !
    # 2. Rhacodactylus Says:
    July 20th, 2010 at 5:57 pm

    The beauty and skill involved in nature photography is amazing. It makes you glad Charlie is a shutterbug and not a hunter.
    # 3. ErnestPayne Says:
    July 20th, 2010 at 6:40 pm

    Congratulations.
    # 4. Tweets that mention What You See When a Kingfisher’s About to Eat You | Visual Science | Discover Magazine — Topsy.com Says:
    July 20th, 2010 at 7:29 pm

    [...] This post was mentioned on Twitter by Ron Simon, Geoffrey Dyson, Maggie, World Amazing Things, Al Poe and others. Al Poe said: What You See When a Kingfisher’s About to Eat You | Visual Science: A female kingfisher plunges into a pond in so… http://bit.ly/95I1mL [...]

  • nsh

    awesome shot! how did you find this photographer?

  • http://davemosher.com Dave Mosher

    Amazing shot. I think the link to Nature Picture Library is busted, though. Should be http://www.naturepl.com/

  • http://visa-express-shanghai.com/ George

    Amazing !

  • http://mightyworksproject.blogspot.com/ Kirk Jordan

    Simply astonishing on so many levels. This is an incredible photo.

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    Hi pal, your blog’s layout is basic and clean and i’m keen it. Your blog posts are excellent. Please keep them coming. Greets!!?!!

  • http://www.my-dogshop.com/apparel-accessories_dog-toys.html Susan

    The beauty and skill involved in nature photography is amazing. It makes you glad Charlie is a shutterbug and not a hunter, anyway thanx.

  • http://www.iaaem.com Nada Hugh

    the photos give you a fantastic sense of the quality. I’m certain I’ll be back.

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About Rebecca Horne

Rebecca Horne (http://rebeccahornephotography.com) is an artist, multi-platform freelance writer, and award-winning photography director. She launched Visual Science for Discover.com in March 2010. She also writes about science and photography for The WallStreet Journal. You can reach her at rh@rebeccahornephotography.com.

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