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Looking surprised...

Looking surprised...
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Copyright: Elroyie David (elroyie) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 299 W: 87 N: 1482] (6439)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-09-02
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon EF100-400 IS L, Kenko Pro 300 1.4x Teleconvert
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/400 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): jmp *1, 5 favs. and up - PART 3, Selen's Favorites, Trentaure at its Best [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-02-26 14:22
Viewed: 9903
Favorites: 24 [view]
Points: 90
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is another picture from my kingfisher season, this picture is about 6mp crop from the full-frame picture, I cropped for better composition.
I liked in this picture the wide open mouthe of the poor fish, it seems like he was surprised by the lethal kingfisher...
I hope you will like this catch.

Former links:
Kingfisher vs. fish 1:0
The last drop... Full Frame
The last drop...
Where is my fish?
Kingfisher sunrise
'Puffy' Kingfisher

jmp, uleko, JoseMiguel, Raptorman, Hil, SelenE, Tamrock, star74, Argus, horia, Pitoncle, noborders, Ken52, shal, izler, mlines, oanaotilia has marked this note useful
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Superb close-up image, Elroyie.
Both seem to be surprised at the developments :-)!
The water sticking to the lovely plumage of the kingfisher is like a beauty spot on this fantastic capture.

This is by far the most stunning photo of this page, IMO (but I must admit that I am partial, because I always loved so much kingfishers) - and I'll have a look at your other kingfishers, as I am new to this website.
I wonder how you could get such an even background, though - did you change something, apart from cutting the picture ?

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-02-26 14:42]

Hi Elroyie,
Thank you very much for posting again! Your bird photos are really outstanding in every aspect one can imagine!
José M.

Hi Elroyie.
I still remember the one you posted with the fish inserted and the drop, maybe the favourite in my favourites :)
This one is almost as good, with excellent quality in all aspects and a great moment captured with the open mouth an frontal POV. Congratulations.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-02-26 14:59]

Hi Elroyie, This is the first time i have looked at your pictures. I love Kingfishers and have spent many hours watching them ,this shot is so sharp and the colours are very good. thanks for showing it to us.

Regards Nick

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-02-26 15:02]

Hello Elroyie,
What a fabulous shot of this lovely Kingfisher and the poor little fish! Beautiful sharp details and nice colours of plumage . The plain background makes it stand out very nicely.
TFS and regards, Ulla

Hi Elroyie,
Outstanding action shot catched!
I like so much the pose of the bird, and the excellent detail of the fish on their beak, the story told about the food chain.
Details got on the bird's feathers are so sharp and clear, a very good ones.
The clean and soft background gets the best of the colorful subject.
A remarkable picture!
Congratulations and thanks for share.
My best regards,

Hell Elroyie.

Excellent picture, very good details and colors.

Jose Luis.

Man,..that would just suck being a fish. I kinda have feelings for the poor littl guy. Other than that this is a fantastic shot. :)

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  • Bufo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 404 W: 69 N: 951] (4247)
  • [2007-02-26 15:29]

Hello Elroyie, what a great picture.
As been said it's lovely sharp and the moment you caught here is fantastic. Good one!

Excellent fish species photo :) incredible , TFS.

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-02-26 15:35]

Amazing... I don't want to write anything else :o) TFS

There's no doubt that the fish was surprised !! It is an award winning capture I would say. Looks like your 1.4x converter works well with that lens. I have heard conflicting reports. Some stores will only sell them for 2.8 L series lenses because the return rate is so high.???

Evelynn : )

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2007-02-26 15:56]

Hello Elroyie,
From the whole series of kingfishers I like this-one the most. What an amazing colours, sharpness and details!

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  • methos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 213 W: 51 N: 281] (1189)
  • [2007-02-26 16:00]

This one is really great.
The details and colors are spot on. The light is great and the POV really nice.
I think the bird looks satisfied :D.

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  • timtim (42)
  • [2007-02-26 16:13]

Great pic nice sharp details and colours

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2007-02-26 19:00]

Hi Elroyie

What a superb shot, I really do like everything about it, firstly your POV and composition are excellent, the pose with the Fish in the beak is superb and its so great to see the face of the fish so clearly too, I love the suprised look, the details are perfectly sharp and I like the two droplets of water on the breast, finally the colours and lighting are both perefct too.

TFS Hilary :o)

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-02-26 20:24]

Hello Elroyie,
Superb close up capture with outstanding details and excellent colors, thanks Elroyie.

perfect pic, toda, Ori

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  • radz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 598 W: 11 N: 72] (436)
  • [2007-02-27 2:30]

WOOOOWhat a shot Elroyie!!!You freez them before the king had his food !!!TFS in all aspects!!!

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2007-02-27 3:08]

What a fantastic POV of the kingfisher, but also of the little fish with its mouth wide open. Incredible capture!
Details are very sharp and well-exposed.
I like the drops of water on his chest.
Beautiful irridescence of the blue feathers.
TFS. : )

hello elroyie!
great capture with a very
nice situation
sharp witn fine pov and dof
good composition to
well done!

Hello Elroyie,
As your other pictures of this bird this one is just amazing! How a fish can show some emotion? Like at this picture! Poor little creature, it is looking straight at you like it was begging for your help… It is really a stunning catch, a priceless one in fact as you caught perfectly a moment that might have last for a few seconds. Colors, composition, details, POV are really stunning. One says that pictures worth a 1000 words, it couldn’t be more evident here…A great wild life shot, TFS,

Hello Elroyie,
Wonderful capture and very nice pose.
Perfect timing and colors
The details and sharpness are very crisp.
Nice job.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-02-27 8:10]

Hello Elroyie,
This is a real beauty, sharp and you caught the Kingfisher at a good moment with his catch in this fine and well composed shot.
Well done and TFS,
Regards, Ivan

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  • badar Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 106 W: 0 N: 160] (785)
  • [2007-02-27 8:13]

Hi Elroyie,
This is very sharp & well composed. THe light bringing out the details of the plumage. The gasping fish has a appeal of its own.
Badruddin Ali

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  • Viera Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 82 W: 0 N: 74] (494)
  • [2007-02-27 9:30]

Hi Elroyie,
perfect shot!I like natural colours of your bird.Very nice.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-02-27 11:05]

Everything has been said but ........... it is beautiful and perfect!!!


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  • pvb Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 385 W: 16 N: 531] (1981)
  • [2007-02-27 12:57]

Hi Elroyie,
The composition and pov is great. Wonderful shot of this kingfisher. Excellent.
TFS Paula

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-02-27 13:33]

Hi Elroyie

I mean...not only you managed to capture a great close-up of this superb kingfisher, but you also caught a FANTASTIC pose and figure of the fish it captured...this realyl blew me off!
"Words are very un-necessary" for this one!
Definately a favorite!!!


Hi Elroyie,
This is another breathtaking photo of yours!
Fantastic point of view and great details.
However, the image is too contrastic. The dark areas are too dark in my opinion. Did you increase the contrast by software ?


Bonjour Elroyie,
Très belle image judicieusement cadrée et très agréable à contempler par la multitude des détails et des couleurs.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2007-02-27 22:24]

Extra et superbe!

Hi Elroyie,
And the winner is ...'Looking surprised'
This is a wonderful shot.
With that little fish upside down...really amazing.

Excellent action shot.
Very close shot.
Very sharp. excellent colors and composition.
Above all, tyhe action is terrific. The pain/fear of the fish is indeed well to be seen.

Superb picture, this is a masterpiece. Great colors of this Small Blue KingFisher. The fish must have never expected a bird to dive into the water from outside and pick it up at a superb speed, no wonder its surprised. This goes as one of my favorites.
You have an wonderful collection tooJ

Goutham R

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  • shal Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 256 W: 64 N: 481] (2140)
  • [2007-04-02 3:37]

Outstanding composition and very well timed and framed shot,
This is what I call simplicity !
An award winning post in my opinion :)
Superb Work Elroyie :D
Cheers :D

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2007-04-10 17:45]

hello Elroyie
another perfect kingfisher photo from your successful natural portfolio. i see good timing and strong capacity. composition, point of view, depth of field, lighting, colours, sharpness and details are great
thanks for sharing

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  • d0m89 (17)
  • [2007-04-12 17:15]

amazing shot!!! the water drops are so great! nice colours! very sharp! poor fish, though :(

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  • reina Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 257 W: 1 N: 330] (2032)
  • [2007-05-30 11:17]

Increddible! Excellent picture, beautiful colours, great details and excellent POV, the fish is the bonus.
Congratulations on this one Reina

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  • zeca Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 373 W: 14 N: 539] (2887)
  • [2007-05-31 1:20]

Excellent timing! This is a wonderful capture! Congratulations! Well done everything...

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  • mlines Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 556 W: 26 N: 668] (3116)
  • [2008-01-30 16:49]

Hi Elroyie. Perhaps one of the best bird eating photos seen on the site. Excellent clarity and colours. The fish does look surprised as you say. TFS. Murray.

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  • Djozz Silver Note Writer [C: 5 W: 0 N: 13] (360)
  • [2008-03-15 7:38]

I came to this picture by accident. Woow nice shot : you were on the right spot on the right time with the right equipment and of course the necessary skills.
Greetzzz Djozz

Fantastic picture.Stunning sharpness & colors.

  • darik47 Silver Note Writer [C: 1 W: 0 N: 26] (815)
  • [2011-03-18 8:40]

perfekcyjne , wkrótce jak znajdę więcej czasu muszę dokładniej przejrzeć Twoje zdjęcia

Great shot. Wonderful color, sharp and, of course, an interesting insight into a bird's behavior.

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