Important: please keep your image under 700 pixels wide/high for in-line viewing, and please try to keep the FILE SIZE UNDER 300kb. Note that this includes photos hosted off-site (at Flickr, Photobucket, your own site, etc). Are you new to this thread? The general guidelines for these Thursday threads are right here. Remember: only one image each week!We're starting a little early this week because I have to be up at 6:00 and my eyes are getting heavier by the minute; I hope no one minds. Happy Thursday to everyone and I am glad to say (although my wallet feels differently) that I can once again contribute to the Thursday thread. My computer malfunctioned so instead of spending more than it was worth to fix it I just bought a new one. I hope everyone had a great week and if this Thursday's photos are as good as last week's then we're in for a treat. A special thanks to Mark Kissel as well for his weekly critiques. I know he has no obligation to do this yet he still sacrafices his time for the betterment of everyone else. Hopefully this hasn't become expected of him each week and we can all be thankful for any and all of his time when he does decide to give his perspective on our work. Not having a computer to load up my weekly photo has been killing me lately, but I am back this week and I am very excited about my photo. On our way to a favorite pizza place a couple weeks ago I noticed a Belted Kingfisher perched on a power line over a creek next to the road. I had never seen a kingfisher before and this was only minutes from our house. I couldn't believe it. For this photo I found a frequent perch and staked out my spot in full camo. I'll also mention that I was wearing thick neoprene chest waders to get through the creek and it was 95 deg. and very humid. I had sat completely still and silent for an hour when this male came chattering down the alley to land on the perch directly in front of my lens. I got off two snaps and the shutter spooked him away. Needless to say I was on cloud 9 the rest of the day. It certainly isn't the best kingfisher photo on the site but I was proud to get it after the preparation and patience.