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Kingfisher for Loot

Kingfisher for Loot
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Copyright: Anna Eksteen (Miss_Piggy) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2285 W: 5 N: 5300] (18714)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-12-28
Categories: Birds
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC H9, Digital ISO 100
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/160 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Birds of Africa, Kingfishers II, Kingfisher, Different Birds, 100 points or more (Chapter 3), My First Post of Trek Nature, Volkan's Best, Birds of South Africa 2, Dedications at treknature: Part Five, Dedications I have made, Animals from my garden [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-01-05 23:08
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Favorites: 7 [view]
Points: 180
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Brown-hooded Kingfisher / Halcyon albiventris

Many thanks to Paul van Slooten (pvs) for the correct ID.

My first posting I would like to dedicate to my husband Loot. He showed me how to love all of creation and everything involved with nature. He taught me about the different animals, birds, insects, fishes, flowers, trees, and much more. This list can go on and on. He has a broad general knowledge on about any subject and does not mind to share what he knows with others. If he is not sure about a certain subject or does not know enough about it he will look it up and come back to you with an answer. He is the near perfect tutor. I am sure many of you have learned to know him that way.

Upon seeing this Brown-hooded Kingfisher for the first time in our garden, I could not believe my eyes. It was a wonder I did not break a leg while running back into the house to call my mother in law to come and have a look at this beautiful bird so close by. At that stage I thought it was a once off moment, but soon realised that it must have a nest somewhere close to our house, as I have since seen it on a regular basis. Like the day I took this shot. I was walking in the garden, camera in the hand, looking for an opportunity to take a shot of anything that would just sit still for a few seconds. As I looked up this little guy was sitting on the wall as if he paid rent to be there, only about 2 meters away from me. This bird was not bothered by me in the least and in fact it looked as if it was waiting for me to take its picture. I think it was just pure luck that this photo came out at all. I was trembling so much with excitement and had an adrenaline rush like never before. At that moment I realised that the photographic bug has sunken its fangs deeply into me

Avian Jewels of the Waterways

Kingfishers are among the most brilliantly coloured of all birds, and many have strident voices and dramatic courtship displays. Most species have some blue plumage, and many have red bills. Some are confiding and adapt well to man's alteration of natural habitats, and can even be seen in suburban gardens.

There are more than 86 kingfisher species throughout the world, with the greatest diversity in South-East Asia, where some rare species are confined to just one tiny island. Africa has 18 species, ten of which occur in Southern and Eastern Africa.

Kingfishers perch in an upright stance, are large-headed, short-necked and have long, stout bills. They belong to the order Coraciiformes and are related to bee-eaters and rollers. In flight, kingfishers are speedy and direct, rarely flying above tree level. Despite their name, not all kingfishers feed on fish - many are carnivorous (feeding on vertebrates such as reptiles, rodents, and birds) or insectivorous (feeding on insects and other invertebrates), and some rarely come near water.

Six species of African kingfishers that do not fish feed on insects, arachnids and small vertebrates that are mostly captured after a dive onto dry land. Several of these species are nevertheless often seen near water, as they also breed in sandbanks. They are the Pygmy Kingfisher, Woodland Kingfisher, African Mangrove Kingfisher, Brown-hooded Kingfisher, Grey-hooded Kingfisher and the Striped Kingfisher.

One of the smallest, but best known of the non-aquatic woodland-dwelling kingfishers is the Brown-hooded Kingfisher. A bird that adopted well to suburbia and occurs in gardens and parks in many southern and eastern towns throughout South Africa and is also fairly often seen on the highveld. It feeds primarily on insects (especially grasshoppers, beetles and larvae), and lizards, but they also eat small snakes, small rodents and birds (the size of waxbills and sunbirds). They take most prey on the ground, sometimes in the air, with 80% capture success.

It is a burrow nester excavated in a bank. The tunnel is seldom more than 1-2m above ground level. They lay 2 to 5 white eggs at a time. The chicks are born after about 2 weeks, and are fed by both parents. Source

Distinguished from other similar red-billed kingfishers by its brownish head streaked with black, the rufous patches on the sides of the breast and the well-streaked flanks. It differs from the Striped Kingfisher by its all-red (not black upper and red lower) bill and by the lack of white in the upper- or underwing. Taken from the book: Sasol Birds of Southern Africa - By Ian Sinclair and Phil Hockey.

I hope you enjoy looking at this photo as much as I took pleasure in taking it.

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To dtalperen: Thanks and welcomeMiss_Piggy 1 06-07 10:59
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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2008-01-05 23:21]
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Hello Miss Piggy

Very welcome to TrekNature. I hope you will enjoy this site even more now that you finally have become a full member. I really hope that you will grow with love, skill, and knowledge of photography and that your photography will grow to full bloom with the aid and assistance of all the wonderful members on this site.

Apart from the fact that you took a beautiful shot of this kingfisher I think I should reserve my critique and leave it up to the other members since I did the PP for you and obviously might be biased.

Very well done with your first posting and TFS.
Best regards
Hagar (the horrible)

Hi Anna,
you started with a very fine picture of a beautiful bird.
The sharpness and exposure are very good.
Well exposed with good POV maybe a bit tight compo.
I think you will have a great teacher in my friend Loot.
Welcome to TN.

These are very good details Anna. The colour is beautiful and your focus really shows the eye and beak well.I like how you also paid attention to the composition and in keeping the horizon level. TFS....Best wishes for 2008.
Welcome to Trek.

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2008-01-06 1:51]

Hi Anna,

Welcome to TN,you start with a great capture,very colorfull and full of detail,I believe however that this might be a brownhooded kingfisher,as you as well mention in your note "the bird's blue rump is evident only in flight",hope to see more of your work,thanks


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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-01-06 2:49]

Welcome to TN Anna!
I am sure you will enjoy this site especially with Loot along your side!
This is a superb image.
The detail in the feathers is amazing!
Nice colours and lighting.
I like the composition as well.
Great work.
I will look forward to more posts from you! :)

Hi Anna,
The sharpness and exposure are very good. Good POV .. Very fine picture. Welcome to TN and TFS!.


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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-01-06 6:42]

Hello Anna,
First welcome to TrekNature an unbelievable community of talented and lovely people, but I think you know that already.
What a splendid first posting abeautiful portrait of a wonderful species. Your razor sharp details and vivid colors that you captured come from great camera work, thanks for sharing Anna.

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  • Dyker Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 136 W: 0 N: 57] (170)
  • [2008-01-06 10:12]

Hello Anna
Ha, ha, ha...and then there were two.
Welcome as a member to the site. I am sure you arleady know your way around the place so it shouldn't take you long to settle in and enjoy it completely. You surprised us with a lovely photo of this kingfisher. For one who have not been taking photos yourself since only a couple of weeks ago you actually gave us a great image. Nice sharp focus and plenty of spectacular colours. Very well done indeed for your first posting and I am sure if this is the standard by which you start we are in for a number of lovely surprises in the future.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-01-06 10:47]

Hello Anna,
Very beautiful and sharp detailed photo of this Brownhooded Kingfisher. And, of course, welcome to TN. I've visited your country twice: the nature is so impressive, varied and beautiful. There's a lot more to photograph there. I wait for the next one.

Welcome Miss Piggy (you told me you got a good sense of humor and I'm far away after all)
I missed my chance to meet you last year in October as we were both operating in Kruger. I suppose we were too busy photographing.
Very good first image. I'm even a bit jealous 'cause I couldn't get one Kingfisher in 3 weeks time. Missed a few opportunities:-).
Good compo, exposure. Beautiful Kingfisher.
Well done, Anna (can I call you Anna?:-)
Kermit aka Annick

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2008-01-06 11:06]

Hi Anna

Welcome to TN

Great 1st post, very nicely composed with a great POV, nice sharp feather detail and lovely colours and lighting, isn't it great when you see something for the first time and even better when it starts to hang around and you manage to get some shots too.

TFS Hil :o)

Hello Anna,
WOW! that's a fantastic shot, excellent sharpness and great dof, spectacular vivid co9lrs. terrific!
Welcome to Treknature

Excellent composition and framing. The depth of field perfectly highlights your main subject. You should be pleased with this first effort.

Be sure to bug loot to teach you how to do your own post processing and soon you will put your own unique style to your own photographs.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2008-01-06 22:43]

Hello Anna, welcome to TN - sorry I haven't seen this before. But well done on your first posting - but then you've got a good teacher to show you how.
And what a beautiful bird he is - these Kingfishers have such wonderful colours. And you show us the catch-light in his eye - that's a winner - it's not always easy to do, so congratulations on that too.
I look forward to seeing the rest of your images too,
Kia ora to you and Hagar

Hi Anna,
What an excellent first post on TrekNature and welcome, the detail is stunning as is the composition; beautiful colours and I love the low POV, very nice work, all the best Cheers Rick :)

Hello Anna ! I wish you a very warm welcome to TN !

So you're Loot's wife? I think everybody on TN knows him, he makes such a huge contribution to this site - wonderful pictures, interesting notes and heartful comments.

And I see that you are starting to do excatly the same. The picture looks wonderful, with excellent details, beautiful colors, wonderful composition and POV, and a nice blurred BG. I relly enjoy looking at it. And your note is complete and very interesting to read. Very well done !


Hello Anna,
This is a great capture of this fine fellow!
Impressive details in the plumage, and the DOF is spot on making the bird stand out well with a 3-D feeling...
Tight framing works well!
Pablo -

Welcome to TrekNature, I hope you will have fun and some interesting time in here!

Hi Anna

Welcome to TN and what a great first shot you present. The H9 is a great compact camera and you've used it to great adavntage here. Excellent sharpness and plumage detail and I like the cheeky look he's giving you.


Hi Mrs. Eksteen,
Welcome to Trek Nature. A very good capture to start with. Mr. Loot is a very good photographer. And I feel very nice to see you here. Very good details and composition. Good notes too. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Hi Anna, splendid bird in great pose with wonderful colors, superb details and excellent sharpness, very well done, a great welcome on TN, ciao Silvio

Hello Anna
Welcome on TN :o)
Very intersting shot of this Kingfisher,
Perfect details,exposure and BG,Great Dedication :o)

Best wishes for 2008

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-01-07 6:56]

Hello Anna,
Welcome to TN!
I'm sure you will enjoy this site and as you do you will also increasingly enjoy taking nature photographs. We enjoy seeing and reading about Loot's contributions and judging by this first marvellous image we are going to delighted by yours.
The technical and artistic qualities of this shot of the Brown-hooded Kingfisher are first class, but no doubt you already know about that...
Thanks and best wishes, Ivan

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-01-07 11:47]

Hello Anna, welcome to Treknature :))
beautiful capture, excellent focus,
good colors and pov,
I like bg.
greetings friends.
ps, Thanks for your amiable words

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2008-01-07 14:41]

Hello Anna,
Very nice shot,
Very good lighting, sharp and detailed image, very nice colours. TFS.

Wellcome Anna,
Your first photo is very very beautiful. Congratulation and best wishes.

Hi Anna, Welcome to TN.
Very good start here. Your photo is awesome.
TFS and for the visit to my portfolio.

hi Anna,
only one picture for the moment but very nice, this image is very btight and I like sso much the colours of this beautiful bird, very good job, now we wait for other nice pictures

Hi Anna, What took you so long? With Loot as your partner, I would've expected a post from you ages ago ;}
And a very nice one to start with I must say.
Very good details, exposure, color, DOF, POV, and closeup comp..
And thanx for all the "overtime" :)

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-01-08 4:50]

Hi Anna,
a lovely shot of a beautiful bird to start with! Sharp detail, perfect DOF and some great colour...also great bokeh too - top job!

Bonjour Miss
Quel départ en fanfare ! Une seule note et déjà 20 personnes qui la trouvent utile. Voilà qui est un début des plus prometteurs ! D'autant qu'avec la qualité de cette photo et de vos commentaires sur les nôtres, on attend impatiemment la suite !
Merci à vous et à bientôt.

Hello Anna,
Welcome to TN. You have started with a superb photo, a fitting dedication to Loot. Waiting to see more such beauties from you, Regards

Hi Anna,
Welcome to this nature photo club. This kingfisher picture is wonderful. I never get close enough to have a good shot at this bird. The image is pin sharp and with great color clarity. TFS,

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  • Karin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 418 W: 5 N: 268] (2089)
  • [2008-01-08 9:46]

Hi Anna,
Well this one looks very sharp to me! beautiful little bird, good composition, very near.
Well done and TFS and also welcome to TN

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  • Ena Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 324 W: 61 N: 594] (2454)
  • [2008-01-08 15:55]

Hello Anna,
Thanks for your crotique on my kingfisher!
This is a fantastic first post!
Well composed with beautiful colors!
I wish you luck in this jurney on TN!

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-01-09 5:25]

Hi Anna,
Welcome to TrekNature :o) It's a very nice first post to start with. I liked the POV, composition, focus, sharpness and details. TFS
Best wishes,

Hi Anna,
After your critic on my kingfisher I wanted to see your kingfisher. This is the only photo from you. However this single photo have placed you among tallended photogtapher in the TN. I liked it very much. It is great from every points. POV, DOF, BG etc. Well done.

Hi Anna,
you enter the fry with quite a splash! I will have an eye on you from now on. With your ONE photo you have already a declared fan, its Manyee (manyee). Check her latest entry for confirmation ! Welcome aboard TN.
Best regards

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-01-09 8:50]

Hello anna, great shot of that Kingfisher, the details are very sharp and the exposure is spot one, fantastic job ! Can't wait to see other pictures from you, thanks !


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-01-09 9:22]

Hi Anna.
I am very touched with you wonderful note and so many kind words. I am very pleased to see you here and welcome you with open soul.

I am sure your gallery will be so fine as this your first picture. Having next to you such person as Loot, kind friend and great photographer, I feel this, have similar heartiness and talent. Your work with Sony's hyper zoom are perfect. Great close-up with excellent details and colours. Pose and glance of the bird are stunning. Bravo and kind regards.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2008-01-09 19:59]

A most warm welcome to TN, Anna!
I am so glad you have decided to join the fun.
You are certainly starting off with a winner of a shot! What a fantastic close-up of this beautiful kingfisher. The details are so sharp, and the colors are stunning. I like the way he is looking at you. Great notes too.
Thank you for sharing. Hope to see you here often.
Hope you are feeling better.

Hello Anna,
A beautiful bird indeed! It asppears to be a cross of a Bluejay, Gray Jay, and a woodpecker, all rolled into one little, bright bird that offers its services to the first photographer that comes along. A beautiful image of this little guy,
Congrat's at the trembling hands, It Has GOT YOU!

Dear Anna,
Oh! God!, Am I going to be the last person to welcome you to TN?
But I think it's better late than never.:)
A hearty welcome to you and I am sure we are going to enjoy your photos as much as we enjoy Loot's - Just like this one. This is a beautiful shot, Anna. I liked the point of view, the cool expression on the kingfisher:),excellent sharpness and details in the plumage and lovely colours.Nice bokeh background too.Thanks a lot for sharing such a beautiful shot,

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-01-10 5:47]

Hi Anna,
Such a pleasure to have you amongst us and it was such kind words you had for me. This is an outstanding shot you start your journey with. Very neat and sharp image with lovely colours. The lighting and exposure are superbly handled and I like your chosen POV to portray it. Very nicely composed too. Kudos.

Dear Miss Piggy
Say no more! If you got it, you got it!
And what more can I say as to repeat all the compliments you have already received from all the other members. I don’t believe you that you do not know how to take photos. I am sure you practiced in the secret. Gotha! This is a beautiful photo which I am sure you are very proud of. I am sure ( the other side of your half, as he would not want to be called the better half) is also very proud of you. I think when I would have been fortunate to see one of these colourful birds in my garden, I would have jumped up and down like a little boy getting an ice-cream on a hot day. You go girl! Very impressive.
Kind regards

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-01-10 8:58]

Hello Anna

Wow what a wonderful first posting to TN.Welcome.
The clarity is excellent with sharp focus and details.
The lighting is very good and the colours are vivid.The plumage detail is exceptional.
The lush green OOF BG makes a super backdrop.
I really like the dark eyes and glint you have captured.This bird seems to be looking right at you.


Hello Ana, welcome to TN. Super first posting. Lucky you to have a bird so willing. The ^Father's^ blessing I suspect.
Very good POV/pose, focus detail, color, lighting, and the blurred BG bokeh is lovely. Great note.
Well done, TFS

Hi Anna,
Wonderfull, impressionnant, quels détails, la netteté est spectaculaire, une superbe photo.

Hello Anna

Aaa, ek sien die ander helfte het toe ook bygekom. Hie, hie, ek sal maar saam speel en versuim om jou die beter helfte te noem aangesien dit blyk dat daar 'n mate van liefdevolle antagonisme of vriendskaplike wedywering by die wederhelfte bestaan. Dit is hoekom mans vanaf Mars kom. Hulle wil mos altyd alles in 'n kompetiese laat ontaard. Baie welkom by Trek Nature. Jy is baie meer waagsaam as ek. Ek het nog nie genoeg moed bymekaar geskraap om my eie fotos te laai nie, alhoewel ek weet dat dit sekerlik goed genoeg sal wees. Op hierdie stadium verkies ek egter om net na al die mooi fotos te kyk en dit te geniet en leer ek daagliks ontsettend baie deur om die ander mense se kretieke te lees, na die werkswinkels te kyk en daardie stappe te probeer nadoen en ook al die kosbare raad in die notas. Ek het egter meestal vasgesteek by Loot se fotos en notas. Ek dink hy is los hande die beste storie verteller op Trek Nature.

Jy het egter 'n pragtige voël hier beet. Die foto verklap geensins dat jy splinter nuut in die veld van fotografie is nie. Pragtige werk en ek het jou nota ook baie geniet.


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  • sayat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 280 W: 0 N: 258] (1457)
  • [2008-01-11 0:31]

Amazing photo with fantastic details and colors. You should be very lucky to shoot one of those in your garden. Excellent first shot.


Hello Anna,
This bird is aplenty in my environment but I've never been able to have one worth the post. Flawless brilliance in all aspects; colors, clarity, vividness and contrast. I admire your work and keep it up.

Hi Anna!
Great shot as first post!!! When I started take photos it was anly grasses.
Amazing close-up, great blue sky.
You and your husband will have phantastic galery on TN.

Hello Anna,
in first time: welcome on Trek Nature !!!!
Fantastic first post for you, realy good shot with a perfect focus and ideal deeph of field, I like very much the splendid details on his plumage and the fantastic lighting, lovely colors and very nice cloes-up composition

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  • krall Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 190 W: 0 N: 47] (1286)
  • [2008-01-11 10:44]

Hello Anna,

WOww! That's a fantastic shot, excellent sharpness

Amazing photo with fantastic details and colors........

it's a beauty of a kingfisher.
we have here in the Netherlands a little format kingfisher. It is also a fantastic bird, but it's not easy to capture him, he is to quick, very good photo here Anna, you made a fantastic photohere, have a nice day.
gr. jaap

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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2008-01-13 9:57]

Hello Anna , This one is a fantastic shot , It's a beauty bird ,great sharpnes details colours compositie and bg ,good job ,tfs Greetinks teunie , and welcom to tn .

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  • betsie Gold Star Critiquer [C: 180 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-01-13 22:53]
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Ag nee Anna!! Ek dink jy het in Loot se laai gekrap - dit lyk g'n soos 'n beginner so foto nie!! Dis ongelooflik!!

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  • vral Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 65 W: 1 N: 218] (1049)
  • [2008-01-14 1:13]
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Hello Anna,
this is wonderful to start with such a nice capture of kingfisher. Details are good with soft BG. Brilliant colors.


Thanks for sharing.


Bonjour Anna,
Très belle image très riche en détails et en couleurs sans oublier le commentaire.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2008-01-14 14:01]
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Hello Miss Piggy, first I want to thank you for your kind comments on my posting of the foxy red fox. It is such a sweet animal and I love its eyes too. Second, this a nice shot of the kingfisher and your story is fun to read. Now that the photographic bug has sunken its fang into you, isn't it great to come and share it with the people at TN? Welcome to you and I want to congratulate you for this nice posting of a very colourful bird bathing in beautiful light. Thank you!


will be back tomorrow with cookies!

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  • lizzie Gold Star Critiquer [C: 207 W: 0 N: 605] (2855)
  • [2008-01-14 19:37]

Hi Anna,

Welcome to TN and what a superb shot of the kingfisher. Excellent details in the plumage, beautiful colours and what a serious pose he gave you, he seems to have character this kingfisher. Very well done and thank you for your previous comments!


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  • didou Silver Note Writer [C: 6 W: 1 N: 41] (507)
  • [2008-01-15 6:47]
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goeiedag Anna ... Bravo pour ce merveilleux cliché , belle profondeur et que dire de plus que nos amis TN
Merci pour ce partage

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-01-16 2:56]
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Hello Anna and a pleasure to meet you as well!
Knowing your dear husband, i'm sure that your input in this community with be superb and you'll have a splendid collaboration with a lot of members :)

This is a terrific first photo to begin you adventure here with!
Kingfishers are very attractive birds and even if they were photographed a lot of times, it's always a pleasure to watch a well taken shot such as this one!
I very much like the details you managed to get here, due to the impressive close-up level.
It's colors are lovely and definitely enhanced by the great light in that spot. I find the patches of sunlight on its head great and they definitely set it apart from the other kingfisher photos.
Very good DOF chosen for such a subject, too and very a complete note about the bird, too (loot has thought you well :))

Bravo and thanks for sharing!

Hello Anna,
Una hermosa foto para debutar en TN! La calidad es excelente, el acercamiento logrado es estupendo, permite ver finos detalles del plumaje del martín pescador (kingfisher para vosotros). Solo espero ver más de tus fotos; seguramente de la mano de Loot vas a aprender mucho ( o quizás le enseñes tu... ja, ja).
Me alegra que la familia se una y comparta este bonitio sitio, donde todos aprendemos como tomar imágenes y sobre todo amar a la naturaleza.

Mis sinceros saludos

hi Anna,
and thanks for visit my little kingfisher.
I find your pictures verry imppresive, good focused but a little little bit to tight in crop, creating a „cage” or „box” effect

anyway a good collection, still going...

Wow, this is a stunning photo that I had not noticed before. Such good clarity and composition. As you mentioned in your critique of my photo, this bird is not as pretty as the Woodland Kingfisher but you certainly have done it maximum justice.
TFS. Mike

Hi Anna, Your composition of this brightly coloured kingfisher is very good. I like the tight crop and lots of details, including the eye which seems so important in bird/animal photos. TFS. Murray
PS you don't look like Miss Piggy to me.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-02-03 6:17]

Hello Anna,
This is a splendid bird very well captured! I love its pose, the sharp details and the lovely colours. A fine neutral background too.
How wonderful to have this bird coming to your garden!!
Many thanks and regards, Ulla

Hello Anna welcome to TN sorry I didn't see this earlier. Awsome shot of the kingfisher, Still struggling to catch a decent one myself. Nice close composition, great profile POV. The light is good. I like the detailed reflection in the catchlight of the eye. TFS rgds Necip

bonjour anna
le martin pecheur d'europe est bien different de celui-ci mais j'espere pourvoir lui tirer le portrait de la même maniere que vous.
c'est tres bien fait bravo.

Hello Anna

Beautiful photo.
I have tried and failed miserably, many many times to get a half decent photo of the beautiful kingfishers I have seen in India.
This photo is very clean and clear and can help give inspiration to amteurs such as myself.
I have been lugging my camera about with me on my tiger travels for a few years now, but I never get that perfect photo, so I am always looking to improve.
I will always keep trying and maybe one day I will get somewhere near such a great result as your photo here.
Thanks for sharing it with us.



Hi Anna,

First of all, WELCOME ON TN. I hope you will enjoy this site.

It's very nice that you dedicated this beautiful bird to LOOT. I think he is one of the best photographers and critique writers on TN (my opinion). The whole composition is sharp. The detail in the feathers is amazing. Nice colours and lighting. The composition is oké. POV,DOF and BG are also good. Interesting notes. Have a nice weekend and TFS BOB

Hi Anna
This Brown-hooded Kingfisher is so colourful. I just love how close you were able to get and he seems to staring right into your camera. The bright green background makes for a nice contrast against his feathers. Excellent note.
TFS Janice
Thanks for the nice critique on my winter scene. Winter can be so beautiful if it's not to cold and the wind is calm. The snow can sparkle like diamonds some days when the sun is shining.

Hi Anna, this is a beautiful capture!!! Well done!
Cheers, Luís.

Hello Anna
Wonderful first post to TN. I know how exciting it is to see an amazing thing and be able to capture and share it. Very informative note - it appears that you are continuing in Loot's fine tradition.

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2008-02-28 4:07]

Hi Ana,
nice meeting you too. You have a lovely portfolio with interesting and colorful shots.
Love this one, not many kingfisher here in Canada at least I have not seen one.
Gorgeous shot indeed, the pose is fabulous and the light brings out the details perfectly.

Hi Anna,

Wow Fantastic close up. Great capture.
Perfect detail and exposure.

hej anna!
what a great shot on this beauty!
really close with good sharpness
and fine exposure!
good work!

Hi Anna,

A nice close-up image of the kingfisher, this bird is colorful and impressive and not disturbed by the presence of the photographer. The details and colors of the bird are clear and precise. Have anice day.


The footnote of your note, Anna, says you hope we enjoy looking at this shot!I wonder there is any other probability, what with such an awesome shot!Every detail is clear, I wish I could be a fraction as good as you are!I love the soft look, even though its such a sharp shot!
Very well done, indeed!
Thank you soooo much for this share!
Warm regards,

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2008-05-23 8:59]

Hi Anna,
Kingfishers are my favr. birds, but this spieces is new to me.
This a wonderful photo.Well caught,framed and composed.Details on plumage,clear eyes and cross framing are perfect.Like 3D.
Thanks for posting.

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  • iris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
  • [2008-05-27 3:29]
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Dear Anna,
Every life has a calling and its answered when the right moment comes.And sometimes our lives have not just one calling, there might quiet a number of them...and I guess this was one of them for you. And going back to your first posting after looking at and critiquing many of your more recent posts, am delighted to say that your presence has enriched this site.You have focussed not just on posting but also on bringing in elements of note writing and producing critical and constructive evaluation at your end. I think this is where members have been able to connect with you despite you being here for a shorter period compared to many others.I congratulate and appreciate your achievement and look forward to your presence in the times to come.

Kingfishers are one of most seen birds but they also come in such diverse and intriguing kinds that they are so wide spread across the world. Through this debut posting you present one which i have not seen here in India. The sharpness, colours and clarity is brilliant and the lighting used in perfect manner. There is a quizzical expression i notice on its face, maybe thinking "what is the lady upto?" ...and So fate had it that the kingfisher sat close enough for you to get a great capture and thus started your journey in TN.

So wish you good luck and good cheer and i say life is good and there is so much more to do...

Warm regards
P.S: i love that recent profile shot you got there...it is just so cute...

i like this kingfisher.
This bird is lordly.

Hi Anna, what a perfect shot of this kingfisher and great dedication your gentleman husband Loot. Thanks for sharing this beauty also... Cheers,

Meraviglioso ritratto di martin pescatore, eccellenti POV e composizione, bellissimi i dettagli dell'occhio e del grande becco, ottima definizione del piumaggio, fantastici i colori e BG. Grazie e compolimenti. Ciao Maurizio

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2008-08-18 0:46]

Hello Anna,
very sharp and very clear. What a beautiful bird wuth such a great colour combination. Nicely composed.


Une belle netteté, un oeil vif, un arrière-plan qui met bien l'oiseau en évidence... bref un charmant cliché.
Bonne journée.

Nice picture of the king fischer. Its beak is really big compared to the one that exists in sweden.
Godd technical quality and nice colors, but i do feel that i could use som more air to the left. It feels a little tight.


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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2011-04-09 19:51]

Hello Anna,
I thought I would go back to see what your first posted image was. I am impressed with the beauty of this Brown-hooded Kingfisher and also with the superb detail you managed to capture. This particular fellow looks like he was sitting right next to you and didn't mind a bit that you were taking his picture. Your work has always been outstanding and I truly enjoy viewing your wonderful images.

Welcome to TN, Anna! Sorry, I'm late by more than 4 years.
What a grand beginning you had made and have kept it up.

Hello Anna

Great close-up shot of this species of Kingfisher,
fine POV at its level, wonderful light, great focus,
sharpness, details, and contrast, TFS


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