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Kingfisher - Black and White

Kingfisher - Black and White
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Copyright: Pam Russell (coasties) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3749 W: 483 N: 8155] (28054)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Black & White
Date Taken: 2005-03-08
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 10D, Sigma 80-400 OS, Hoya UV 77mm
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Kingfishers [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-03-10 1:36
Viewed: 4678
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This charachter was in the wrong position to successfully photograph. I have desaturated a very pale coloured image. I like the effect.

Kingfisher (Kotare)

Physical characteristics: Size to 24cm.

Distinguishing features include bright colours and distinctive beak shape.
Females are less brightly coloured than males.
Most of upper body, tail and wings bright green-blue. Broad black band from bill around neck. Lower body and chin cream-white to light brown. Brown eyes. Dark brown legs. Beak is long and broad, mostly black.

Habitat and range: A wide range of habitats close to water. Common in estuaries, mangroves, along rivers. Will use open native forest but uncommon in beech forests. Widespread throughout New Zealand.

Habits: Perches on elevated objects above water. Dart down to water after prey. Catches prey by either snatching it from the water surface or diving in after it, swimming back up to the surface with its wings. Prey will be taken from land also. Prey is held crosswise in the beak. Larger prey is battered against the bird's perch before being swallowed whole. Indigestible parts are regurgitated later as pellets.

Diet and care: In the wild: A large range of insects, earthworms, tadpoles, koura, small crabs and fish, lizards, mice and small birds. May steal worms from other bird species.
These birds are useful to farmers as they consume large amounts of grubs and insects that may harm crops.

Breeding: September-March.
Nest: Usually both the male and female 'dig' a tunnel with their beaks in a river bank or road cutting. May use a natural hole in a tree or rotting tree stump. The tunnel leads to a chamber, which is unlined.
Eggs: 4-7 broad, white, each laid daily. The female does most of the incubating. Hatch at around 18 days.
1-2 broods a year.

Chicks: The female feeds the chicks at 10-30 minute intervals, gradually increasing the size of food as the chicks grow older. The chicks wait for her at the entrance to the tunnel, leaving their nest at about 24 days. They fledge at 26 days. 2-3 chicks normally survive to stay with their parents for several weeks.

Image Information

Camera: Canon 10D
Time of day: 6:32 p.m.
Date: 8th March 2005
Weather conditions: Clear
Lens: Sigma 80-400mm OS
Filter: Hoya 77mm UV
Shutter Speed: 1/250
F-Stop: F/6.7
Flash: No
Tripod: No
Focal Length: 400mm
ISO: 100

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-03-10 3:54]

He does look good contrasted against the grey sky Pam. The B/W effect works well, especially when the sky does look so grey. I hope you managed to get some of him showing off his feathers. TFS.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9100] (31094)
  • [2005-03-10 3:56]

Black and white Kingfisher???? Hmmm...I don't know :-) You are very brave Pam :-) I like composition, maybe little cropping from right?

Ok, this is the first time that I see a kingfisher in B/W and it is not bad at all, I have a little problem with the right side of the frame, I think that you should take more of that trunk or to crop it out if the frame.
I think that you made too much jpeg compression that we can see the pixele in the sky.

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  • moemf Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 111 W: 0 N: 160] (703)
  • [2005-03-10 7:20]

I agree it is a striking picture in B/W. Brave, but striking. It works well. thanks for the useful info in your note.

Technical quality:***
Wow factor:****

I love those birds, it would just need a bit more light.
Well done.

Great, daring idea, Pam. And your note is very complete and instructive. I would have cropped the right-hand border to eliminate the tree trunk and make the branch come out of the border. IMO, that would be more striking. But I still like your "study" very much. Thanks for posting.

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  • gazo Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 72 W: 0 N: 13] (91)
  • [2005-03-23 20:51]

Very good and complete note.
I love this picture. The eye of this Kingfisher.

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