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White-throated Kingfisher

White-throated Kingfisher
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Copyright: Rathika Ramasamy (radz) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 598 W: 11 N: 72] (436)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-08-15
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D2X, AF-S Nikkor 600mm f/4G ED VR
Exposure: f/8, 1/350 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Eliz strange, exotic or little known species - 1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-09-28 19:21
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White-throated Kingfisher( Halcyon smyrnensis)
Taken at Bharatpur on 15th August,after rain the colours of KF looks so pretty,hope you all like it too.
Exif:1/350s f/8.0 at 850.0mm iso250
Nikon D2x,VR600mm,Nikon TC-14E ,
Gitzo GT-5540LS,Wimberley Head II

Full frame,no crop.
Thanks for looking.

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hello rathika,
another fince capture from you, the kingfisher looks fresh and beautiful after showers, the colors are well saturated, the composition pleasing,
well done,
tfs & regards

  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-09-28 21:26]

Hello Rathika,
How you manage to get them in the pose with the prey. Superb looking kingfisher. Different from the normal one. Well shot. Taken from 600mm lens WOW. Ganesh smiley shortly

Hi rathika..a very good capture of this WBK.Nice effect after the shower as u hv marked.


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  • iris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
  • [2008-09-28 21:52]

Hi Rathika,
That 600 mm must be one hell of a lens..what a catch!
Superb shot of the rain washed kingfisher with food on it beak.The tuft on the head gives him a punk look.
Crisp shot with excellent details on the bird...love the catchlight in the eye and the expression he carries that you have captured so well.
The Bg compliments the colours of the bird in a nice fashion.TFS & Cheers

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  • eliz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 167 W: 20 N: 271] (1537)
  • [2008-09-28 21:52]

what an interesting bird. The sharpness is very good, the moment is beautiful and the background is like butter.
thanks for sharing

Hi Rathika,
What an impressive bird, and wonderfully caught!
The bright colours on their feathers are so beautiful, and makes a vibrant contrast with the background.
Great timing on this feeding moment, as well as the pose got on which we can appreciate the large red bill and its textures.
My compliments and thanks for share.
Best regards,

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2008-09-28 22:52]

hi rathika,
beautiful composition, nice pose of KF with prey in its beak, that bit of breeze ruffled the feathers at the back nicely, it looks like a crest. well captured. however, i thought its bit underexposed. this format of 2/3 is good, hope you will maintain this to all your images. tfs.

hai rathika,
nice pic!! it has come out so well,...the composition is so good, cool color combination with a perfect background :-)

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  • soccer Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 587 W: 0 N: 655] (2557)
  • [2008-09-28 23:59]


Very well com0osed pic. I like the sharpness, detail, colour, BG and lighting that you have shown here.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-09-29 0:35]

Hello Rathika,
Very beautiful photo of this Kingfisher with a wonderful BG in an excellent composition. The colours are very clear and the sharpness and details are great.

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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2008-09-29 1:00]

Hello Rathika,

Colors in your photo look so beautifull. There is such a fine contrast between bird's plumage and beckground's colors. Image is very sharp showing in great details the bird. The moment you have chosen for taking the photo, with bird keeping the fish in her beak, brings even more value to the image.

Thank you for sharing,

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2008-09-29 1:04]

Hi Rathika,

A superb catch,for both you as the kingfisher,well composed capture,tfs


This is an amazingly beautiful Kingfisher, Rathika.
The colours on this bird are truly magnificent. With the camera on a tripod, you have captured a razor sharp image of this lovely bird. Holding its prey in its beak, it looks elegant and attractive.
I have been wanting to go to Bharatpur for a long time. Did you manage some tiger shots too?
TFS and regards.

Hi Rathika,

I like the composition, contrast colours,POV.Bird with prey looks elegant and the back ground is amazing [magic of 600mm lens?]. I think you are also at INW .TFS.

Hi Rathika,
What a splendid tele-capture of a beautiful Kingfisher named after my native city of Izmir. You must have a cannon-like tele lens (850 mm, wow) also a very sturdy tripod to achieve this razor sharpness against a flatteringly OOF BG, which finely emphasizes the natural rich pattern and colouration of the "King". Thank you indeed for sharing this superlative image with us my friend.

Hi Rathika,
I have visited your great portfolio, now. It full with great shots from Indian marvelous nature. I enjoy to see them.
This is also great for Smyra Kingfisher. It was described from Smyrna (=izmir, 3rd biggest city in Turkiye). Unfortunately it extinct in there, now we can see sometimes in East Mediterranean coast. You are lucky to see this beautiful fisherman. I also saw several additional post of yours from India. All of them great, no exception. In this post, focus, colors and eyes contact great. timing and POV also very nice. TFS, best wishes

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-09-29 12:08]

Hello Rathika,
Great view of this familiar Kingfisher with a fish in its beak. I like its pose and the clear details and bright colours that stand out against the fine soft background. Excellent work!
TFS and regards, Ulla

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-09-30 7:14]

Hi Rathika,
an amazing shot, technically excellent with beautiful colour reproduction and an excellent composition. Your POV is also well chosen and has given you a very subtle background too...very well done!

Rathika, this is a beautiful shot. Great work on this Kingfisher. Thanks for your comment on my 'Ghost Flight' shot. I hope you have a great day. I send you greetings from Alabama, USA. Bill

Visit my website and check out my birds;

Hi Rathika, fantastic bird with splendid colors, great details and excellent sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-10-07 3:49]

Hello Rathika,
Outstanding image with amazing color and great timing with his lunch hanging from his beak. Focus and composition are great as well, thank you for sharing Rathika.

Beautiful colours of this kingfisher,great exposure and set against an undistubed BG.Great timing with its lunch in tow.Superb shot, well done and TFS.

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