Towards the end of a day spent at Slimbridge WWT with friends, I spotted the kingfisher at the edge of one of the ponds in the centre of the reserve. This image was an exercise in composition. Initially I was stood with the kingfisher in front of a very busy branchy tree, but after repositioning about 10 feet to the left, I was able to get this much cleaner image with a mirrored branch look and beautifully smooth background.
Exposure: 1/500 @ f/8
Mode: Manual, Auto ISO
Focal Length: 1000mm
Lens: Canon EF 500mm f/4 II + 2x III
Camera: Canon 1DX Mark III