In winter, kingfishers look for open water to hunt. When a food source happens to be in the garden of a nature photographer, it’s a stroke of luck for both.
A few years ago in fall, a kingfisher came to my home, where two little ponds with warm springs don’t freeze even in the coldest winter. To photograph the bird up close, I built a camo tent on the banks of the ponds. Gradually the kingfisher lost his wariness and allowed me to come very near.
To get the underwater pictures, I built an aquarium into the pond — I brought in small fishes, and the kingfisher quickly learned to fish from it, but it still took many weeks to get the pictures.