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Amazon Kingfisher

Amazon Kingfisher
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Copyright: Peter van Zoest (PeterZ) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-09-22
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D90, Sigma 135-400mm f/4.5-5.6 APO, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/1000 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2014-06-13 6:16
Viewed: 1616
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This kingfisher was very cooperating. This photo is no crop. I could come very close.

The Amazon Kingfisher (Chloroceryle amazona) is a resident breeding bird in the lowlands of the American tropics from southern Mexico south through Central America to northern Argentina, with at least one bird having strayed north to Texas. Records from Trinidad are thought to be erroneous.

This large kingfisher breeds by streams. The unlined nest is in a horizontal tunnel made in a river bank, and up to 1.6 m long and 10 cm wide. The female lays three, sometimes four, white eggs.

The Amazon Kingfisher resembles the Green Kingfisher which shares its range, but it is much larger than its relative, and three to four times as heavy. It is 29–30 cm long and weighs 110g. It has the typical kingfisher shape, with a short tail and long bill. It is oily green above, with a shaggy crest and a white collar around the neck. It lacks the white markings on the wings shown by Green Kingfisher.

Males have white underparts apart from a broad chestnut breast band and some green streaks on the flanks. Females have white underparts with green patches on the side of the chest and green flank streaks. Young birds resemble the adult female, but have white spots on the wings. There are no recognised subspecies of Amazon Kingfisher.

These birds often give a harsh teck call. The rarely heard song, given from a tree top, is a whistled see see see see.

Amazon Kingfishers are often seen perched on a branch or rock close to water before plunging in head first after their fish prey. They are the most likely green kingfisher to be seen on large rivers. They also feed on insects and amphibians.

Source: Wikipedia

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2014-06-13 6:32]

Hi Peter,this is my prefered birds family and you show us today a magnificent member.A great capture,the quality is absolutely perfect,spectacular too the metallic colors reflections of the plumage.Have a nice weeekend and thanks,luciano

Hi Peter, This is a very beautiful bird. I like its long beak. I assume birds with long beaks never starve because they can catch their preys faster and more accurate.....??? Perfect focus with great sharpness along with natural colours. Thank for sharing

hallo Peter
super scherpe foto met prachtige kleuren
leuk zo op de paal genomen
licht en achtergrond zijn ook weer prachtig
groet lou

Hi Peter,
照的很漂亮 很美麗的鳥 也很清晰
色彩光澤很漂亮 高貴 第一次見到這品種 真是稀奇至寶
構圖也很美麗 真是好看

Ciao Peter, great capture of fantastic Kingfisher, excellent clarity, fine details, wonderful colors and splendid light, very well done, my friend, have a good wek end, ciao Silvio

Hello Peter,
Such detail!!!
Great notes!!!
Not watching the soccer?
A lovely presentation.
Mario with regards from Calgary, Canada.

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  • Ishi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 298 W: 21 N: 1943] (13387)
  • [2014-06-13 23:58]

Superb capture of a lovely kingfisher This species is beautiful despite the almost grotesque head to body proportions.

Keep educating us about the birds os of Brazil, please!

Have a pleasant weekend, Peter,


Hello Peter,
Great pic. Amazing bird, very interesting proportions of the beak to the rest of the body.

An absolute stunner from Brazil again, Peter, and a new species of Kingfisher for me.
This is professional work at its best.
Thanks and regards.


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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2014-06-16 4:07]

Hello Peter,
Nice to have had the possibilty to be so close to this wonderful bird. What a beauty! As usual excellent picture-quality.
Kind regards

Hello Peter....Glad to return to TN.Excellent captured of this attractive KF.Very good sharpness with splendid colour.Really beautiful picture.Thanks for sharing.Regards and have a nice time-Srikumar

Bonsoir Peter,
C'est très beau ; bien restitué dans une belle lumière et sous une excellente profondeur de champ.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2014-06-23 0:50]

Hi Peter
very beautiful specie and the feathers on the head is so special.Kingfishers are always so lovely and attractive.
Excellent details.


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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2014-06-24 10:51]

Hi Peter,
Excellent shot of a beautiful bird. Amazing colors,and perfect sharpness details.
Regards Jiri.

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