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Blue-breasted Kingfisher

Blue-breasted Kingfisher
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Copyright: Zeno Swijtink (Zeno) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-02-09
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D80, Nikon 200-500 mm.
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/200 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Volkan's Best [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-02-11 3:14
Viewed: 25032
Favorites: 8 [view]
Points: 62
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I saw this magnificent kingfisher in the garden of the Senegambia beach hotel. This hotel really is one of the best for birders in the Gambia.
The Blue-breasted Kingfisher is a tree kingfisher which is widely distributed in tropical west Africa. This kingfisher is essentially resident, but retreats from drier savanna areas to wetter habitats in the dry season. This is a large kingfisher, 25 cm. in lenght. The adult has a bright blue head, back, wing panel and tail. Its underparts are white, but it has a blue breast band. The shoulders are black. The flight of this Kingfisher is rapid and direct. The large bill has a red upper mandible and black lower mandible. The legs are bright red. Sexes are simular, but juveniles are duller than adults. It perches quietly in deep shade whilst seeking food. It is territorial but wary. This species mainly hunts large insects, anthropods, fish and frogs, but will also eat the fruit of the oil palm.

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Beautiful bird and nice capture.TFS.This is 1st time for me.

Hallo Zeno
Stunning image. Fantastic colours. Excellent details. Spot-on focus. Perfectly framed.
What more can I say?...................Just that this one goes straight to my favourites. Really a pleasure to look at. One of the best I have seen in a long time. Thanks for sharing.
Kind regards.

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  • inked Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 132 W: 0 N: 249] (771)
  • [2008-02-11 3:22]

hi Zeno,
never seen one of these either.. that blue is awesome. fantastic shot.. superb composition. awesome work, thanks for sharing

Hi Zeno
Stunning shot
Crystal clear image
Beautiful color
Great catchlite in big glossy eye
tfs jon

Excellent capture of this stunning bird and superbly composed. Looks so much like the Woodland Kingfisher found in southern Africa.TFS.

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  • taba Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 466 W: 124 N: 312] (1847)
  • [2008-02-11 3:35]

Hi Zeno
you captured this bird with a great and careful way...
fantastic colors, POV, sharpness and light...

goes to my favorites..


Hi Zeno!

Very good sharpness and nice composition and colours.


Ecellent shot of this bird which i ddt see before Zeno, TFS

Hola Zeno,
Preciosa imagen con gran nitidez, bonita pose, bellos colores, excelente iluminación, saludos
José Ramón

Very interesting colors composition. Great DOF and sharpness too.
Best regards,

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2008-02-11 6:51]

Hello Zeno
Nice closed up .Good POV and sharp image.Details and light are great.
TFS Michel

Hello Zeno Swijtink ,
Bravo, Love your bird. Great bird with marvilouse skill and great composition.This is my first time a am seeing this kind of kingfisher. Yhanks for sharing with us. Regards. Nadeem Khawar...

Hello Zeno,
Beautiful Kingfisher you captured here.
Well done

Hi Zeno,
What a fantastic capture!
You made a great close approach to bring us this excellent and sharp details.
The vivid's colours displayed here are a true joy for the eyes.
Congratulations and thanks for share it.
My best regards,

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2008-02-11 9:19]

Ha Zeno,

Een fraaie opname van deze kingfisher,heeft wel iets weg van de kingfisher welke ik in Zuid Afrika heb gezien,ben ook we met mijn schip in Banjul geweest,niet echt veel gefotografeerd wel naar crocodile farm geweest welke bijna in een woonwik lag,groetjes


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  • falke Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 153 W: 18 N: 479] (1863)
  • [2008-02-11 9:45]

Mmmm, this is just beautiful! Perfect colours and sharpness and a beautiful pose too. Great photo!

Cheers, Bengt!

Hi Zeno, magnificent bird with wonderful colors, great details and superb sharpnness, very well done, ciao Silvio

wonderful capture! the colors are beautiful and the detail and sharpness are great.nice job!

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  • jesst Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 368 W: 0 N: 172] (2441)
  • [2008-02-11 12:17]

What a wonderful bird!
Amazing colors and sharp and nice composition

Hi Zeno
This is just wonderful too, superb detail in the plumage, stunning colours, fill flash has highlighted it beautifully, really nice work, all the best Cheers Rick :)

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-02-12 0:50]

Hi Zeno,
Lovely capture of this beautiful kingfisher. POV, focus, sharpness, composition, colors and clarity are very good. Well done and TFS
Best wishes,

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  • pilonm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 588 W: 90 N: 975] (3321)
  • [2008-02-12 13:45]

Hello Zeno,

WOW!!! What an outstanding and splendid bird!!! This kingfisher has wonderful colors that we don't see often in the animal kingdom... I'm suprised that the female is similar to the male because both of them are then easily visible!!!

Its mouth is very big and impressive!!! Watch out, fishes!!!

Great picture with a great POV!!!



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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-02-13 0:47]

Hello Zeno,
Fantastic capture of this beautiful Kingfisher, all sharply in focus! I can't recall having seen such a splendid sharp view of this species before! Razor sharp details and wonderful colours. Great work!
We know that this hotel is a birder's paradise. I remember seeing a huge Monitor Lizard there by the swimming pool!!
Many thanks and cheers, Ulla

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  • Ena Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 324 W: 61 N: 594] (2454)
  • [2008-02-13 3:26]

Hi Zeno,
fantastic bird!
It's seems like it has mascara on the eyes!
Simply amazing!

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-02-13 23:55]

Hi Zeno

Excellent shot of this kingfisher. The colours and detial are outstanding.



Hi Zeno,
Fantastic photo of this tiny bird with splendid sharpness and colours in a great composition.

Hi Zeno

Impressive capture of this beautiful kingfisher, that blue is fantastic.
Exellent composition, great sharpness and well exposed. Good DOF and background.


striking bird and amazing pic, I don't know how I missed it. TFS Ori

Wonderful grab.

Hey Zeno!
really a beautiful bird!
and a great photograph!
very clear, sharp and balanced image!
great capture

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  • Arjun Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 358 W: 7 N: 1237] (7593)
  • [2008-11-12 9:22]

hi Zeno,
Amazing picture.I love these birds,excellent picture

Lovely picture. Crystal clear.


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