The resident kingfisher at the Botanics was active and giving the sticklebacks a good doing! The dull conditions and it being the shortest day made a monkey of things like shutter speeds and ISO levels, especially shooting with the 100-400 mm lens with the x1.4 TC on. A 560 mm lens gives a decent length, but max aperture is a dingy f8. ISO ranged from one at 800 to one at 20,000, with most between 1600 and 12,800. I tried when the KF was still-enough to get the shutter speed down (to lower the ISO) and got some usable ones at 1/45 sec. For action shots, I didn’t go any faster than 1/250 sec (V high ISO!), and that simply wasn’t fast enough to freeze the KF, even when I did manage the occasional shot in focus. The main problem with trying to get him in focus was that if you focused on the water below his perch, he invariably didn’t dive on a stickleback below his perch, but always on one he had spotted away at an angle. When trying to focus on him during a dive, I just wasn’t quick enough… and neither was the camera in the low light. Worth another try on a brighter day though!