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Oriental Dwarf Kingfisher

Oriental Dwarf Kingfisher
Photo Information
Copyright: Rakesh Dhareshwar (RDx) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 14 W: 4 N: 65] (282)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-05-04
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark III, Canon 600mm f4 IS
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/30 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Anna's Favourites 1, Dainty birds 1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-09-17 2:38
Viewed: 4732
Favorites: 3 [view]
Points: 36
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
There are some birds of which when you get a image , it makes your hobby worthwhile. The ODKF is such a bird for me and while I have always been dreaming of a decent image of the beauty , I managed this in my recent visit to Goa.
This little bird has been a dream for me. I have been birding for the past 5 yrs and always dreamt that one day I will get a decent sighting of this jewel. Last year , I did get a glimpse, but it was of a juvenile. This year on a birding trip to Goa , I was sure, I wanted to search for this guy . Every day, I would go into the National Park ....3 days and I heard the jewel ...another 3 days and I managed this .

All I know is that it was worth the effort !!!

Believe me..I was numb with happiness when I finally got the shot. Could not think straight for atleast 15 mins after that.
Something about the bird :
14cm. Red and yellow, yellow underparts with bluish-black upperparts, red bill, orange-red legs and feet, dark eye.
Five subspecies are recognized[1]: erithaca, macrocarus, motleyi, captus, and jungei. Rufous-backed Kingfisher (Ceyx rufidorsa) has been split from Black-backed Kingfisher.
Forest bird . Prefers the dark humid dense foliage places .

horias, zetu, nagraj, marianas, Miss_Piggy, PeterZ, MMM, goatman04, CatherineD, pirate, vipinbaliga has marked this note useful
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Amazing bird...amazing photo

wow, wodnerful specie of Kingfisher.
Very nice colors and great sharpness in this shot


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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2009-09-17 3:12]

Wonderful colored capture, great details, good POV,BG.

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-09-17 3:16]

Hello Rakesh
This is a real beauty, a top quality image.

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2009-09-17 3:44]

I can understand your feelings and elation, its worth the trouble that you have taken, this could be the best image of this species. Needless to say, this is of excellent quality. congrats. tfs.

Hello Rakesh.
Excellent portrait, very sharp details, vivid colors, well blured BG, great POV,
TFS, regards,

Wonderful colors,wonderful details, wonderful capture.

Hallo Rakesh
This is an incredible colourful photo with details clearly visible and well displayed. Great focus, sharpness and composition. Image presented in a superb manner. This photo has so much character to it, and is definite a favourite. My first image I posted on Trek Nature was also that of a kingfisher. It was a real pleasure stopping by this Oriental Dwarf Kingfisher filled with a rainbow of colours. I want to compliment you on the fine photography. Thanks for sharing.
Best Regards

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-09-17 4:27]

Hello Rakesh,
Indeed a jewel and I can understand your feelings. But the quality of the photo is also very good. A few places with some noise (feet), but in general a splendid photo. The colours and sharpness are gorgeous. Great pose, composition and OOF BG.

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2009-09-17 4:35]

Hello Rakesh
Excellent close up image.Good POV and excellent plumage detail.Colors are outstanding.
TFS Michel

What nice and colourfull bird.Good picture.Regards.Alin.

Hello Rakesh,

This is an excellent close-up with such brilliant coloration, sharpness & very fine details.

Great POV, pose & BG. Very nicely done & TFS.



wonderful shot. i haven't seen a bird with so many vibrant colors . creator, sure is the supreme artist!

Amazing i have never seen this bird.Nice photo.
Thnks for sharing.
Regards Nihal

Hello Rakesh,
What a dreamy bird! Until I saw your fantastic photo, I did not know that such a beautiful kingfisher exists. Your photo is exceptionnal: the sharpness, the management of light, the composition... and the colors! Thanks for sharing it with us. Cheers,

Hi Rakesh
great story and wonderfull result

What an amazing little bird. I love the colours. WEll caught.

Hello Rakesh

Excellent capture of this living jewel...!!!
Superb POV and details...
The colors are so brilliant...

Thanks for sharing...

vipin :-)

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