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Pied Kingfisher

Pied Kingfisher
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Copyright: Ang Hwee Yong (Meerkat) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 20 W: 0 N: 896] (5258)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-03-14
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D300, AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/4G ED VR
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/200 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-04-16 4:28
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Points: 14
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Pied Kingfisher
(Ceryle rudis) 斑鱼狗
Size: 25 cm
Location: Bang Ban (Thailand)

Black-and-white plumage. His crown feathers form a short crest. The male has a double and the female a single breast band.

A squeaky chichee.

Lakes, ponds and rivers, also fishes in estuaries and on sheltered seas. Often seen in the open; hovers and dives from a height to catch fish. Nests in a hole in a bank. The clutch consists of 3-6 white eggs. Includes fish, crustaceans and large aquatic insects.

Widespread and very common in sub-Saharan Africa and southern Asia and locally common in south-west Asia. In Africa occurs from Senegal east to Ethiopia and south to eastern South Africa. In southern Asia found from north-east Afghanistan south through India to Sri Lanka, east to southern China and Hainan and south to Thailand.

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Excellent presentation of a very interesting bird. Incredible disparity between the large beak and a small body.

Hello Ang,

Its always difficult to shoot birds of B/W plumage. Indeed, this is quite good shot, albeit not exceptional. The fish in the bill makes it stand out from the queue. Lovely BG & the arc-y perch.


wow Ang,
most of your shots are very impressive. and this time, good timing too :)
i have seen this bird in Satapada, Orissa. so this is not a new bird to me. but i liked the shot a lot. good composition and good DOF.

you caught a perfect moment with great detail,
perfect colour and composition.

very nice capture. great timing. thanks for sharing.

WOW now THERE is a CAPTURE INDEED..well done my friend..he almost looks comical! Even see the black of those soon to be consumed eyeballs on the fish...this is an amazing shot!

Hello Ang
a very beautiful composition and Dof, awesome details of the bird. Well done!
Regards Hedesan

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