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Extinct in the Wild

Extinct in the Wild
Photo Information
Copyright: Ken Ilio (flip89) Silver Note Writer [C: 8 W: 1 N: 54] (272)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-04-03
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D70, Nikkor 70-200mm VR, Heliopan UV
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/60 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Kingfishers [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-04-04 2:07
Viewed: 5073
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Micronesian Guam Kingfisher is extinct on its native Guam (Halcyon cinnamomina cinnamomina subspecies). There are about 60 of them alive, mostly in zoos. There is a pair in the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago, one of which is pictured here. They got extinct mostly because brown tree snakes from New Guinea were accidentally brought into Guam by ship and where they multiplied because they don't have predators, eating almost every bird on the island including kingfishers. The last wild Micronesian kingfisher was observed on Guam in 1986, and the species exists now only in captivity. The remaining kingfishers in zoos are being carefully bred, with plans for their eventual reintroduction back into the forests of Guam. Research efforts continue to examine methods of creating snake-free environments on the island. Several hatchlings were reported in North American Zoos last spring including two at Lincoln Park Zoo.

Feast your eyes because this may be the last you will see of these beautiful birds.

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Amazing, you were very lucky to see this incredible bird.
A lovely capture, a lot of my focus is taken up by the leaves etc...
Superb background. Well done and TFS

Very nice shot, great colours and pose. I would crop a bit of the left side.
Well done.

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2005-04-04 11:20]

This is a very sad note, but I truly hope that they will be able to save this species. The image is sharp and the exposure good. Thanks for posting this Ken

Beautiful bird Ken.
Great colours, POV and details. I'm agree with Philip about crop a bit of the left side.
Very well done.

What a strange bird, I never saw a similar one. Well focused, a nice capture, well done Ken !

Wow what a color!! This is really beautiful shot.
Composition, colors are splendid and exposure is excellent. Regards.

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  • Mazer Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 65 W: 3 N: 34] (104)
  • [2005-04-04 16:42]

Stunning looking bird, well captured and if you have any more please post them :)

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  • deud Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 438 W: 11 N: 534] (2540)
  • [2005-04-06 3:18]

very nice image of this beauty! amazing colours, good focus on subject. tfs

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