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Out of The water

Out of The water
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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: 2004-01-30
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 300D, Canon 75-300mm ISUSM
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/800 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Wildlife of israel, Kingfishers, Flying images [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2004-08-03 15:08
Viewed: 5446
Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Pied Kingfisher Ceryle rudis, is a kingfisher in the near passerine bird family Cerylidae, the water kingfishers. It is common throughout sub-Saharan Africa and southern Asia from Turkey to China. It is resident, and most birds do not migrate, other than seasonal movements.
This is estimated to be the world's third commonest kingfisher, and is a noisy bird, unmissable within its range.

It is mainly a specialist fish-eater, although it will take crustaceans and large aquatic insects. It has evolved two unique strategies, shared by no other kingfishers. As well as hunting from a perch, it will seek fish by hovering prior to a dive, like an Osprey.

It can also deal with prey without returning to a perch, and can, for example, catch a second fish, or eat small prey in flight. These adaptations mean that this kingfisher can hunt over the sea or in estuaries that lack the perches required by other kingfishers.

This approachable largish (25cm) bird is unmistakable, with its exclusively black-and-white plumage. Unlike some kingfishers, it is quite gregarious, and forms large roosts at night. It can be easily tamed.

Its nest is a hole in a bank, on its own or in a colony, where it lays 3-6 white eggs. As with all kingfishers, the nest of a Pied soon becomes unsanitary.

Taken from www.fact-index.com

This is a Pied Kingfisher, and a male. The female does not have the double band across the breast. Thanks to Callie (again).

This is almost a full crop, I am adding as WS the full frame, it is also interesting because of the water.

PDP, Callie, gerhardt, japie, nwoehnl, AdrianW, AndyB, Hanssie, RAP, avigur_11, carper, Esox, ellis49 has marked this note useful
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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To AdrianW: You caught me, very good eyeelroyie 2 08-03 16:57
To Callie: I am a quick learning :-)elroyie 1 08-03 16:24
To PDP: This is the reasonelroyie 1 08-03 15:38
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Hi Elroyie
Nice note, and a long way from the first TE one. Glad if we can help one another on this site. I have only one decent picture of this guy, and none in flight, This is very nice.

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2004-08-03 16:30]

You must be about as fast as Spidermand to have taken this. Incredible moment and timing. Very good note as well

This bird captured in flight is becoming your signature shot. And I can see why. You get it spot on every time. Another nice one. Thanx for sharing. Detailed note too.

Great shot, Elroyie, and I think both versions are interesting in their own right. The one you posted really shines in detail of the successful fisher and the water droplets are nicely rendered. The full frame, like Paul wrote, has the added interest of additionally showing the "diving area", but also less detail of the bird. So bottom line I agree with your choice of posting this one, congratulations for catching this moment.

Good shot! I'm very impressed with your speed, I've never managed to capture a kingfisher flying yet, so I'm impressed. My only criticism is that there appears to be some chromatic aberration on the high contrast areas of the kingfisher - try selectively reducing saturation -70 red/magenta on the kingfisher himself and see what you think! Very well captured :-D

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2004-08-03 16:56]

A great shot and a wonderful capture.
Nice motion blur of the wings and good clear detail of the body.
Good water splashes too!
Very good work,well done.

How, but how can you get such an action of a little bird, do you shoot again and again, it's wonderful, Elroyie,

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2004-08-03 17:29]

Precisa y oportuna captura Elroyie.
Hermosa composicion con muy buena nitidez, colorido y atinada profundidad.
Las gotas en suspension la agregan un detalle más de calidad.

precise and opportune capture Elroyie.
Beautiful composition with very good clearness, colorful and accurate depth.
The drops in suspension add a quality detail more.

THe blurred wings give the corrct impression of how fast this bird is . a great catch, Elroyie, and a very good note.

A brilliant action capture.
Great detail and the water drops are really good.
Very good note

what a great capture Elroyie,
Fantastic. I have ever try it, but the bird was so fast that it flying out of the photo.Very good job

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2004-08-04 6:19]
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Brilliant capture, they are so so quick i'm so impressed you got this. Great detail and the water drops are really good.

Elroyie, now that I have seen the full frame I think I prefer it, the splash where the bird took the prey definitely adds to the picture.

Points tomorrow

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  • Esox Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 239 W: 20 N: 344] (972)
  • [2004-08-05 12:36]

A great action shot!
Shouldn't have been easy.
Good composition and focus.
The little blur give a feeling of speed.
Very good work.

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-02-24 22:32]

Elroyie, another great action shot from you. Nice composition to show us this great moment. I like the bg too.

P.S.: I included this photo (and others taken by you) in a theme I created recently. I hope you don't mind.


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