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Looking for Fish
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Copyright: Paul van Slooten (pvs) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-02-25
Categories: Birds
Camera: Sony Alfa dSLR A100, Sigma 50-500mm f/4-6.3 EX APO DG, Digital RAW 200, UV Filter
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/125 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Krugerpark feb/mar 2007
Theme(s): Birds of South Africa 2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-09-23 7:45
Viewed: 3774
Points: 18
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Once again a posting from the Krugerpark,made in the satara restcamp in the daytime,the restcamps are suitable for making birdshots as many are around in the camps,hope you like it and tfw

Woodland Kingfisher

The Woodland Kingfisher (Halcyon senegalensis) is a tree kingfisher which is widely distributed in tropical Africa south of the Sahara and from Pretoria northwards . This kingfisher is essentially resident within 8° of the equator, but northern and southern populations are migratory, moving into the equatorial zone in the dry season.

This is a medium-sized kingfisher, 20-23 cm in length. The adult has a bright blue back, wing panel and tail. Its head, neck and underparts are white, and its shoulders are black. The flight of the Woodland Kingfisher is rapid and direct. The large bill has a red upper mandible and black lower mandible. The legs are bright red. Some birds may have greyish heads, causing confusion with Mangrove Kingfisher.

However, the lores are dark, creating a dark stripe through the eye (the stripe does not extend through the eye in Mangrove Kingfisher), and the underwing, primaries and secondaries are black with white underwing coverts (there is a black carpal patch on the white coverts in Manrgove Kingfisher). The inner webs of the base of the flight feathers are white, creating an indistinct white wingbar (white completely absent from wings in Mangrove Kingfisher). The breast is white (tends to be much greyer in Mangrove Kingfisher).

The sexes are similar, but juveniles are duller than adults and have a brown bill. The call of this noisy kingfisher is a loud trill.

Woodland Kingfisher is a common species of a variety of wooded habitats with some trees, especially Acacias, including around human habitation. Although it is a "kingfisher", it prefers drier habitats in more traditional woodland and can be far from water. It is often solitary but can occur in small groups. It hunts from an exposed perch, often on a dead branch of a tree, or perches quietly in semi-shade whilst seeking food. The prey is mainly a wide variety of large insects, but also arthropods, snakes, fish and frogs.

The Woodland Kingfisher is aggressively territorial, attacking intruders including humans.

The Woodland Kingfisher has a striking display in which the wings are spread to show the white linings. The nest is a tree hole excavated by a woodpecker or barbet. A single clutch of three round white eggs is typical.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-09-23 7:54]

Hi Paul . What a fine looking Kingfisher you have captured. with good detail and natural colours. you focusing shows the markings so well. , with a good POV. well done TFS. very interesting notes to go with the picture.


Hello Paul
Very nice shot of this Woodland Kingfisher ,
Great focusing,composition and BG,Welldone.

Good Luck

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2007-09-23 9:50]

Hi Paul
Very nice capture of a bird I never saw before.Good POV and sharp image with good details.
TFS Michel

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  • tiklod Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 290 W: 74 N: 875] (3397)
  • [2007-09-23 12:01]

Hi Paul,
This is an excellent picture. Sharpness and details are super! Colors are really beautiful.
Depth of field is very nice.
Thanks for sharing,


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2007-09-23 12:06]

Mooie foto van deze Senegalijsvogel, Paul.
Prachtige natuurlijke kleuren en er zijn veel details te zien. Goede focus, achtergrond en diepte in de foto. Niet alle ijsvogels zitten op een takje.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-09-23 12:19]

Hej Paul,
Here you have made a fine bird capture using flash, making the sharpness and details a good feature of this shot. The composition is also great. The colours seem to be a little too much affected by the flash and come out like taken at night but otherwise this is a very high quality image.
Well done and TFS!

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-09-23 23:01]

Hi Paul,
Composition, POV, colors,focus and the use of flash are very nice. TFS
Best wishes,

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-09-24 1:35]

Hello Paul,
What a wonderful sharp capture of this beautiful and rarely seen Kingfisher in very light and torquoise colours. It looks really good against the dark background. Interesting note too!
TFS and regards, Ulla

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2008-08-12 20:10]

Hello Paul,
I Like the shot above, it i such a clear and sharp shot with beautiful colours rendered. The background make the bird stands out clerly.
Nicely composed and well designed.


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