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Halcyon smyrnensis

Halcyon smyrnensis
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Copyright: Goutham Ramesh (goutham_ramesh) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 835 W: 154 N: 2871] (12237)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-03
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D 80, Sigma 50 -500mm f4/6.3 DG EX APO HSM
Exposure: f/8, 1/60 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): GouthamBirds [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-03-24 9:30
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On my weekly drives around outskirts of Bangalore, we got an opportunity to shoot this wonderful bird and i got only 2 frames!
This is Halcyon smyrnensis which is also known as the White-breasted Kingfisher or Smyrna Kingfisher This is a tree kingfisher which is widely distributed in south Asia from Turkey east to the Philippines. This kingfisher is essentially resident over much of its range, apart from seasonal movements.
Source : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White-throated_Kingfisher

Goutham R

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  • Arjun Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 358 W: 7 N: 1237] (7593)
  • [2008-03-24 9:54]

hi goutham,
lovely picture of this WBK.lovely colours in it and very well composed,lovely details too,

Hey bujju

nice sharp pic...i couldnt get that sharpness in my pics..


Hi goutham,
]good one. within few seconds, you made good pictures... worth the trip.

Dear Goutham, Nice catch, very good view and nice white beard ! nice perch and good composition.
TFS. with best regards.vab.

Hello Goutham
I am so pleased to see that you do as I and drive around your area camera at the ready.
Your trip pulled off a fantastic capture of a Kingfisher that I haver never seen.
Lovely sharpness combined with a lovely clutter free pose.
All the Best

Hello Goutham,
A superb portrait!
Aesthetically pleasing to the eye.
The various elements are so well balanced through for example the rule of thirds which you applied horizontally as well as vertically.
...and thanks for sharing.

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  • waylim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 296 W: 8 N: 489] (1765)
  • [2008-03-24 11:01]

Great to see the front of this bird after seeing another post by Satish view of the back. beautifully captured with great clarity and sharpness. Composition is also great. Thank so much.

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  • Amadeo Gold Star Critiquer [C: 168 W: 0 N: 755] (3323)
  • [2008-03-24 11:37]

Excelente luz y color así como una bonita composición. Un saludo

Hi Goutham,
Very nice composition and colors. It is an interesting little bird.

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2008-03-24 12:38]

Hello Goutham
Excellent presentation.Good POV and sharp image.Beautiful colors. I like the pose from your subject and the nice OOF BG.
TFS Michel

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-03-24 13:34]

Hello Goutham,
What a beauty! Bird and photo. Great clear colours and very good sharpness. Love the composition.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-03-24 13:38]

Hi Goutham. What a strange looking bird this is. You have captured it so well with fine detail and rich colours showing the bird of to its best. a nice POV. well done TFs

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-03-24 14:49]

What magnificent colours!
That electric blue strip on its wing is very eye-catching.
Very impressive level of detail and superb clarity.
Great composition.
You use that Bigma with great skill as proved through your stunning shots taken with it!
Very well done Goutham,


Hello Goutham,
This is a very fine and beautiful close up of the bird well captured and composed!
good pose of it in perfect sharpness, vivid colour and details
a pleasing presentation
well done

Goutham, Great picture from the front showing the white breast that is contributing the name. Nice composition and perch. Great background.
- Murali Santhanam

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  • Luca (539)
  • [2008-03-25 1:21]

Very nice!


Hi Goutham,
Wow this is a wonderful shot, the colours are amazing, excellent detail in the plumage, the POV couldn’t be better, framing and composition all very good, excellent separation between foreground and background, really nice work, all the best Cheers Rick :)

A beautiful sitting portrait of my favourite bird named after my native city, Izmir (Smyrna)! Thank you Goutham, for your expert capture from a fronto-lateral POV, which shows the salient characteristics of this fine specimen perfectly against a finely OOF BG.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-03-25 8:52]

Hi Goutham,

The colors of this King Fisher are just spectacular. You show him with great details. I love the pose showing off his big beak. Beautiful composition on the horizontal branch.


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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-03-25 9:44]

Hello goutham, this is absolutely great. Sharp eyes and classy photograph. Ganesh

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-03-25 10:42]

Hi Goutham,
Outstanding shot of this beautiful Kingfisher with such gorgeous colours and sharp details. Superb lighting and exposure control and you have captured a fabulous pose here with a perfect DOF and a fine POV. The BG looks majestic. Wonderful composition. Kudos.

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