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The Stork-Billed Kingfisher


The Stork-Billed Kingfisher
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Copyright: Srikumar Balial (Hotelcalifornia) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1519 W: 24 N: 2225] (14408)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2015-10-03
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D5200, Tamron AF70-300mmF/4-5.6Di-LD-MACRO 1:2
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Birds Of Rajibpur [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2015-10-16 7:31
Viewed: 1400
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
As usual I have captured this beautiful Kingfisher in our yard when it was sitting on a mango tree. It was a rainy day early in the morning and light was really low. I used high ISO here, ISO 4000; f/8.

The Stork-billed Kingfisher (Pelargopsis Capensis) is a tree Kingfisher. This is a very large Kingfisher.
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THE SHAPE OF THE BILL IS SO UNIQUE AND LOOKS MUCH LIKE A BILL OF STORK, WHICH SUGGESTS THE COMMON NAME OF THE SPECIES.
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* Distribution - Tropical Indian subcontinent and South-East Asia; India to Indonesia
* Size - 35 to 38 cm
* Color - Green back, blue wing and tail. Grey head. Underparts and neck are buff. Legs and bill is bright red.

* There are 15 races, mostly differing in plumage details.

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great shot Sri
good composition with good details and beautiful colours
thanks gr lou

great bird and great composition, TFS Ori

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2015-10-16 13:48]

Hi Srikumar,taken in a difficult light and with a very very high ISO,the result is the best as possible,but you works very hard with the noise reduction in PP and i can see that,but still an excellent capture and very good colors.Have a nice weekend and thanks,Luciano

Hello Srikumar
fantastic shot of a very beautiful bird, i love the colors of the plumage, the wholr image is a delight for the eyes,
excellent sharpness and composition
Have a great WE
Jacqueline

Hello Srikumar,
Nice shot of this beautiful bird.
Good sharpness and composition
Have a nice weekend.
Biswarup

Ciao Srikumar, great capture of lovely bird in nice pose on beautiful blurry BG, fantastic colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2015-10-17 11:28]

Hello Srikumar,
A stunning shot of this gorgeous bird. Focus is tac sharp allowing us to view it's plumage in fine detail. Colors are vivid yet natural and the exposure couldn't be any better. I love the eye contact with a bit of that ever sought after catchlight. Nice clean BG. Lovely!!!
Ron

Excellent capture with good POPV and DOF.
navnith

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2015-10-19 3:21]

Hello Srikumar,
that's a beautiful shot of that Stork-billed Kingfisher . Razor sharp focus, perfect exposure and great details in the feathers. Lovely colors that stand out against the nice background.Regards Sigi

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2015-10-25 9:31]

Hi Srikumar,
Perfect shot,beautiful bird,nice colours and sharpness with good composition.
Technical is perfect too.
Regards Jiri.

Hi Sri,
Even with the very high ISO your background's completely noise-free, and even seems moving. :-) The kingfisher is a touch oversharpened, however, the composition's absolutely eye-pleasing and the colors are natural, in spite of the low light you mentioned in your note. Overall, a good shot.
Seasonal greetings, kind regards, László

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