Patience pays off for a Norfolk photographer after kingfishers are captured on camera
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Kingfishers are notoriously difficult to photograph, appearing only as a flash of blue as they dart from place to place. But patience paid off for one photographer, who captured these stunning images of a kingsfisher at Lackford Lakes, near Bury St Edmunds.
Frances Crickmore, of Flixton Road, Bungay, visited the Suffolk Wildlife Trust site three times without seeing a single kingfisher but her fourth visit paid off and she was treated to a close up view of one of the birds.
The grandmother said: 'I have been waiting quite a long time to see a kingfisher. They are quite hard to find.
'I see them in the river here but they are generally on the move so much. I hardly ever find them sitting in a tree. I heard a lot about people going to Lackford Lakes to see them.
'This was my fourth visit. It takes me an hour to get there but I thought I would try just one more time and just see. The kingfisher was there all morning, sitting on a branch just outside the hide catching fish.
'It was absolutely fantastic. It was a lovely moment when I actually saw the kingfisher sitting so close, just 25ft away.'
Mrs Crickmore is self taught and took up photography about a year ago. She has honed her skills on Fen Farm, where she lives with her husband Graham and one of their three sons.
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She also credited her nephew Harry Read for giving her tips and advice every time she bought a new camera.
Mrs Crickmore captured these images of the kingfisher with a Canon 6D with a 400mm telephoto lens.
And it is not the first time her work has appeared in the EDP. A set of images taken by Mrs Crickmore of hares boxing on the family's land were the subject of a double page spread recently.
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