Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis)
Suffolk, England, 1984

I watched this kingfisher every day during a cold week in November, at Minsmere RSPB reserve. On the morning when I set up the camera, the bird arrived earlier than usual, before the sun had risen. The light meter recommended that I should expose the film for half a minute, and as the bird was motionless, I thought it was worth a try.

I did ask her to stay very still, but she moved her head after about ten seconds, so I had to close the shutter, to avoid getting a double image. She flew away before I could try again.

By simmering the film gently over a low heat, I was able to get an image worth keeping.

Sorry about the grain!