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I am the King

I am the King
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Copyright: Leo Baquerfo (shakerz) Silver Note Writer [C: 5 W: 0 N: 230] (1127)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-02-09
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon EF 100-400mm F/4.5-5.6L IS USM
Exposure: f/8, 1/250 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Kingfishers [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-04-04 3:39
Viewed: 3975
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The White-throated Kingfisher, White-breasted Kingfisher or Smyrna Kingfisher, Halcyon smyrnensis, is a tree kingfisher which is widely distributed in south Asia from Turkey east to the Philippines. This kingfisher is essentially resident over much of its range, apart from seasonal movements.

The first of the alternative English names is to be preferred because the geographical name is too restrictive for this widespread bird, and the easternmost race lacks a white breast.

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.

There are four races differing mainly in plumage shades, but H. s. gularis of the Philippines has only the neck and throat white. The flight of the White-throated Kingfisher is rapid and direct, the short rounded wings whirring. The large bill and legs are bright red.

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. The call of this noisy kingfisher is a chuckling chake-ake-ake-ake-ake.

White-throated Kingfisher is a common species of a variety of habitats with some trees, and its range is expanding. It perches conspicuously on wires or other exposed perches within its territory, and is a frequent sight in south Asia. This species mainly hunts large insects, rodents, snakes, fish and frogs. It is reputed to eat tired migratory passerine birds like Chiffchaffs where the opportunity arises.

White-throated Kingfisher has a striking display in which the wings are spread to show the white patches. The nest is a 50cm tunnel in an earth bank. A single clutch of 4-7 round white eggs is typical.

Camera Set-up:
Handheld, IS on, auto-white balance, shutter priority, flash 580EX (+2/3), shooting distance 6 meters, auto focusing, focal length about 400mm, uncropped, PS processed to clone-out some white spots on backgrounds.

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and it´s a king-shot for the king!
excellent capture, leo! :-)
good strong colors and pose,
great pov and composition.
well seen & done, thor.

Hi Leo

Nice work. Well done on the composition. The POV is excellent. Clarity and sharpness are both spot on. Good depth of colour. Excellent model! Well seen. :-)

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2006-04-04 4:24]

Hi Leo,
An excellent portrait of this kingfisher,good colors and sharpness,well done and TFS,


Hi Leo,
clear, sharp. Beautiful pose.
Good stories and pictures are simple and straight.
Your picture is very good.
Thank you! Best regards,

This is what photos of birds should be like!!! Great example to us all! Thanks...
Sharp, well composed, OOF BG and excellent exposure!

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2006-04-04 7:24]

Excellente capture Leo!

Félicitations pour les belles couleurs et le bg. Bravo pour la belle lumière et la qualité d'image.

Merci pour l'envoie.


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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2006-04-04 13:08]

Hello Leo ,A Very great portret from the kingfisher,
beautiful colours compositie details and dof ,good job ,
tfs ,Greetings Teunie .

Very impressive capture of this handsome kingfisher.

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  • valy67 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
  • [2006-04-04 14:27]

Nice portrait of this wonderful bird. I love his posture and his warm brown color. Excellent composition and BG, very simple but so beautiful. Great job !

hi leo,
great shot having nice colours and good sharpness.
i love this bird:)
thank you for sharing.

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