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Malachite Kingfisher

Malachite Kingfisher
Photo Information
Copyright: Tom Conzemius (pirate) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 799 W: 152 N: 1186] (7474)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-09-11
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, 100-400L is
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/160 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-04-22 5:29
Viewed: 4376
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Malachite Kingfisher is the smallest, the most colourfull and the most common Kingfisher I have seen in Tanzania. To have a good picture is difficult because the bird is so small (much smaller than a House Sparrow).
This picture has been taken in Selous NP during a boat Safari (which was absolutely great). The camera was handheld (400 mm with image stabilizer on a small boat!) The distance was aprox. 3-4 meters and the bird did not fly away, not even showing any stress when the rancher approached the boat closer and closer. The same happened with 2 other species of kingfisher on the same trip. That was an amazing experience.

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Hi Tom,
Congratulations on a lovely photograph. You've captured the colours beautifully, right down to the red feet. TFS.

Hi Tom,
Great that you able to get so close to this Malachite Kingfisher. Very nice shot on this small and colorful bird.

Très belle série de photos. Belle exposition et expression des oiseaux. Bravo

Nice bird. Good pose, exposure and sharpness. Peaceful BG.

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  • Karin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 418 W: 5 N: 268] (2089)
  • [2007-04-22 12:33]

Hi Tom,
Great composition and lovely colors and a terrific looking little bird!
Very good details considering the circumstances.
Well done and TFS

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-04-22 13:04]

Hello Tom,
this is a beautiful bird!
Amazing colours and a great DOF.
Well done,

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-04-22 13:11]

Hello Tom,
Your excellent focus gives us a crisp clear image with fantastic colors to study this fine Kingfisher in his surroundings, thanks for sharing.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2007-04-22 15:55]

Hello Tom,
Fantastic photo in a great composition with lovely colours. Very sharp (and that from a small boat and handheld.

  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2007-04-22 17:44]

Hi Tom,

well captured with good sharpness and exposure,a nice pov ann colors are great,well done and tfs


Kingfishers are one of my favorite birds, I leap from Jackdaws and sparrows to the jewels of colour. Again it is nice to see the subject off centre, great photo


Nice kingfisher shot. Amazing colours. Good difference in sharpness on the foreground/ background.

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