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kingfisher with fish

kingfisher with fish
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Copyright: Robin Du Bois (robindb) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 127 W: 0 N: 378] (1420)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-10-21
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 7D
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-07-03 23:13
Viewed: 5139
Points: 40
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
These kingfishers can be seen throughout the Kruger National Park sitting in a tree or hovering over the water looking for a fish that they can grab by diving into the water. They hardly ever miss.
This one was photographed at Sunset Dam in the tree to the right using that borrowed 600mm. The nesting material behind the bird is part of an egyptian goose nest.

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Hello Robin,

What a sight; to see the kingfisher with its catch! Your kingishers are a little different, plummage-wise, to ours.
You have captured excellent details of the bird, the fish and the tree upon which it is perched. I like how the branches make an arch over the bird.

Kind regards,
Bev :-)

A great capture Robin.
Your image is nice and sharp and beautifully composed.
[email protected] a great moment to capture the bird with a big fish.
Excellent work!

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-07-04 0:55]

Hi Robin,
A great catch for both of you.TFS

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2008-07-04 1:43]

Hi robin,
great catch, for you and for kingfisher. the fish looks bigger than kingfisher, how did it managed to gulp. under the circumstances your composition is good as the head and fish are in between the two branches. TFS.

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  • deud Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 438 W: 11 N: 534] (2540)
  • [2008-07-04 2:43]

beautiful shot! great moment captured! very good focus and details. tfs

Hello Robin,
I immediately thought this is the tree in the Sunset Dam and consequently this must be a 600mm. I think I was in restcamp Skukuza that day and the Sunset is definitely one of my favorite places in Kruger.
Great opportunity and well done!

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2008-07-04 3:37]

Lucky bird, poor fish, and lucky you Robin - for taking this photo!
Very good close capture showing very fine details and colours.
Well done

Hallo Robin
This is a lovely image, with lots of detail to appreciate and I won't make a secrect of it that I envy you for this one. Kingfishers are my favourite birds and my first posting also being that of a Kingfisher. You have managed to capture this one with great detail and clarity. Just love the colour of this one's tummy. Thanks for sharing this great shot. It seems that the lens that you borrowed really brought you good luck because you have posted some lovely shots.
Thanks for this contribution.
Best regards
ps. I see you have been in the game reserve at the same time that Loot Eksteen as well as Annick Vanderschelden have been there.

Hello Robin,

Sorry no time, only marking.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-07-04 10:57]

Hello Robin,
Excellent photo of this Kingfisher with prey. Sharpness, details and colours are very beautiful. Great POV.
Have a great weekend,

Hi Robin

excellent shot of this beautiful kingfisher with a fish bigger the him.
excellent sharpness
Good composition
Good DOF
Good background


Wow... that looks like a huge meal! Did he actually swallow it? It is a super image, sharp with good color. I like the natural framing of the branches.

Evelynn : )

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  • darwin Gold Star Critiquer [C: 259 W: 0 N: 403] (1401)
  • [2008-07-04 19:20]

Hi Robin
Lovely composition with wonderful detail and nice natural color
Great moment and capture
tfs jon

Hello Robin,

What an amazing capture, nothing like being in the right place at the right time, excellent detail, superb colours, really well framed and composed, stunning work, all the best,

Cheers Rick :)

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  • Popye Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 11 W: 0 N: 27] (158)
  • [2008-07-08 10:35]

This is a great shot. Very nice sharpness, with this great catch, almost too big for the bird.One can see that this branch is his favorate spot due to the marks on it.
Nicely spotted and captured.

Robin, this is an outstanding shot of this kingfisher. Great job.

Hi Robin,

Was jy nie die kontakpersoon by die vorige Nelspruit Salon gewees nie? Jou naam klink dan so bekend? :-)

Lieflike foto van hierdie reuse visvanger met sy vangs. Het hy daai groot ding afgesluk gekry? Mooi komposisie, maar dit sou nice gewees het as die tak direk agter die voel nie daar was nie. Fantastiese lig, lyk soos laat in die middag?



Very sharp and clear pic. What 600mm lens were you using?

The POV, Lighting, detail, clarity of the image, sharpness of the subject and the BG make a great pic.


Hallo Robin,
Amazing shot with great catch between the beak. The composition, details & POV are superb. Thanks for sharing.
Regards-Subhash, India

What a fantastic shot. You obviously have lots of patience and the reward is having this great opportunity come to you. I love the framing of the tree and the nest which are a great setting for this amazing bird.

Dear Robin,
This is an excellent image of a female GIANT KINGFISHER (Ceryle maxima).
Kenneth Newman:"Its an uncommon resident in the Kruger Park, and there is no breeding Record although nest holes have been found (at Pafuri and Stolznek Dam). This large Kingfisher is unmistakable, the only other predominantly black and white species PIED KINGFISHER is much smaller. The Giant Kingfisher is very noisy when disturbed - is also known to eat crabs."

Your photo is a very impressive "Action Shot". I only have seen Kingfishers which such big fish in the Okavango. I wonder, what the little white dot between eye and beak is...

The framing of the bird with the Branch above very nicely fills the frame. Focus is excellent showing the distinctive, brown chest of the female, and sharp contrast makes every feather detail visible. I also like very much the natural colours of the sky and the background.

Congratulations on a very good image of the famous Giant Kingfisher!
Enjoy the rest of your week,
Kind Regards

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