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White throated Kingfisher

White throated Kingfisher
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Copyright: Arjun Haarith (Arjun) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 358 W: 7 N: 1237] (7593)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-01-07
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D90, Sigma 100-300 f/4 EX HSM
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/640 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-02-02 9:28
Viewed: 3348
Points: 8
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Shot this picture at Jodhpur. This is my first picture of a Kingfisher :)

The White-throated Kingfisher (Halcyon smyrnensis) also known as the White-breasted Kingfisher or Smyrna Kingfisher, is a tree kingfisher[2] which is widely distributed in Eurasia from Bulgaria,[3] Turkey, east through South Asia to the Philippines. This kingfisher is a resident over much of its range, and may only move short distances.
The first English is the preferred name, since the geographical name is too restrictive for this widespread bird, while its easternmost race lacks a white breast.

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Coraciiformes
Family: Halcyonidae
Genus: Halcyon
Species: H. smyrnensis
Binomial name
Halcyon smyrnensis

This is a large kingfisher, 28 cm in length. The adult has a bright blue back, wings and tail. Its head, shoulders, flanks and lower belly are chestnut, and the throat and breast are white. The large bill and legs are bright red. The flight of the White-throated Kingfisher is rapid and direct, the short rounded wings whirring. In flight, large white patches are visible on the blue and black wings. Sexes are similar, but juveniles are a duller version of the adult.
This species forms a superspecies with Halcyon cyanoventris and most major works recognize four geographic races.

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2010-02-02 9:33]

Hello Arjun,
This qualification and excellent play of these birds so small but very beautiful colored plumage. Excellent description we have provided.
Many regards,

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2010-02-02 11:54]

Hi Arjun. Congrats on getting a Kingfisher for the first time. You have been able to take a fine close up of this bird. Taken with fine detail and natural colours. A good pose with its mouth wide open. TFS.

Hi Arjun.
Great image of this wonderful bird.
Interesting and very nice colors of it.
Best greetings.Alin.

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2010-02-03 9:26]

Hello Arjun,

Lovely picture with the kingfisher as subject.
A splendid image with the beak open.
Fine POV & DOF, fine focus sharpness and details to this image
Very well done, TFS.

Best regards,

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