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Copyright: Paul van Slooten (pvs) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-02-26
Categories: Birds
Camera: Sony Alfa dSLR A100, Sigma 50-500mm f/4-6.3 EX APO DG, Digital RAW 100, UV Filter
Exposure: f/8, 1/200 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Krugerpark feb/mar 2007
Theme(s): Kruger National Park 1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-03-18 5:20
Viewed: 4097
Points: 34
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Today another kingfisher I met during our trip to the kruger was the giant kingfisher,we met this one on a bridge over the Olifants river,near Olifants restcamp.

I will go to sea again this week,rumours go that an internet connection is placed on board of the vessel which connects via the satellite,I don,t know if all sites are opened and if I am able to connect to TN,I hope so and otherwise till in about 8 weeks,regards and TFW ,Paul

Giant Kingfisher
The Giant Kingfisher, Megaceryle maxima, is the largest kingfisher in Africa, where it is a resident breeding bird over most of the continent south of the Sahara Desert other than the arid southwest.
There are two subspecies, M. m. maxima, found in open country, and M. m. gigantea in the rainforest. The forest race is darker, less spotted above, and more barred below than maxima, but the two forms intergrade along the forest edge zone.
Breeding is from August to January, 3-5 eggs being laid in a riverbank tunnel.
Giant Kingfisher is 42-46 cm long, with a large crest and finely spotted white on black upperparts. The male has a chestnut breast band and otherwise white underparts with dark flank barring, and the female has a white-spotted black breast band and chestnut belly.
The call is a loud wak wak wak
This large species feeds on crabs, fish, and frogs, caught in the typical kingfisher way by a dive from a perch. The number of these birds appears to have declined, possibly as a result of pesticides.

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  • viv Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 292 W: 3 N: 653] (3317)
  • [2007-03-18 5:27]

Hello Paul,
What a beautifull bird I have not seen it before, the brown with the black and white is very special.
Great job, have a good sailing time.

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  • kag Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 36 W: 0 N: 20] (106)
  • [2007-03-18 5:31]

A good close up picture of the Kingfisher. I have not seen one like this before. Good composition. Good colour and detail. Well done. TFS.

Hi Paul,
what a wonderful catch - I love this bird - and they are so shy and rare, so the shot is realy marvelous. Good sharpness and a nice pose, thanks and greetings
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Um maravilhoso pássaro muito bem fotografado, parece ser um filhote e é a coisa mais linda das aves parece que esta com um casaco preto de bolinha muito interessante parabéns.

bonjour paul
c'est le genre d'oiseau que j'aimerais bien prendre,nous en avons une espece en france mais malheuresement surement moins nombreux qu'en afrique.
j'aime bien sa pose,un peu comme si il regardait un paysage.

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  • ele Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 93 W: 15 N: 15] (382)
  • [2007-03-18 6:44]

complimenti bellissima foto,ottimi i colori di questo esemplare.e anche simpatico l'uccellino ciao.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-03-18 8:33]

Hi Paul.
Amazing picture of this wonderful bird. I like everything at your superb shot: excellent composition, perfect saturated lovely colours, precise DOF and nice details and sharpness of the main subject. Bravo my friend. Superb work.

Hi Paul,
Excellent shot on this Giant Kingfisher. Exposure looks spot on with the great colors and sharp detail in the plumage. A great looking bird. Have a good voyage, and God Speed.

hi paul,
lovely capture,
well composed shot, nice sharpness, good details captured, lovely framing, shallow dof has resulted in nice blurry bg,
well done,
tfs & regards

This kingfisher sure has a giant head, Paul!
The shot is well composed with the subject spread over two roughly triangular shapes within the frame and each having its own character.

Very pretty shot Paul.
Technically perfect picture. Excellent composition. Well done. tfs. Stev

Hi Paul,
It is a pretty species, difficult to photograph, good results

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-03-18 17:41]

Hello Paul,
Not sur how but I seemed to have missed this posting, what a mistake. This is excellent Paul, great colors and sharp focus, thanks for sharing.

Hi Paul

Congrats on an excellent shot. Love the POV, pose from your model and presentation. :-)

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-03-19 9:48]

Hej Paul,
Terrific shot of the Giant Kingfisher which I've seen briefly in Gambia - a terrific bird.
I like his pose here with his beak half open - I suppose he's hot! Great sharpness and nice colours. Very nice light too.
Take care on your long trip!!
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2007-03-19 12:25]
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Hi Paul

You really nailed the GIANT in an amazing capture here. The time of day was right, the light was right, you were on the right side of the bridge and the kingfisher, the birdie was right and willing to pose for the shot (just see that look it gave you), and your camera (technical) settings was right. So, the end result is that the photo is not just all right, but it is simply magnificent. I am slightly green with you for taking this in the Kruger Park since I could not manage even one photo of this bird that closely resembles the neatness and quality of this shot and I can promise you that I tried.

A lovely composition and crop with stunning colours and very sharp details. The plane of the DOF is clearly visible on the concrete railing of the bridge and the bird is smack-bang right in the centre of it. The BG does a perfect job to enhance the bird and the exposure was perfect.

Well done and TFS.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-03-19 13:47]

Hi Paul

Another splendid memorial to the Kruger Park :)
And what a stunner it is! I really love the great contrast on its plumage and the details it is shown with.
The lovely red chest is also visible and that ass to the overall color palette of the image.
Impeccable lighting, spot-on exposure, nice framing and wonderful composition.

Bravo and TFS

PS: i hope you'll have interenet there, too
If not, all the best for you and take care!

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