These three Pied Kingfishers (Ceryle rudis) are part of a breeding group at Intaka Island in Cape Town. Pied kingfishers sometimes breed co-operatively with the breeding pair being assisted by non-breeding birds. The helpers may be related young or unrelated older birds. The Intaka Island birds may be some of the most photographed birds in the world due to the well located hide. I tried to capture them in a slightly different way by using a 600mm lens through reeds. Due to the shallow depth of field and constant movement of the reeds it creates a background and foreground blur that makes the birds stand out.
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