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Copyright: omer sozer (eng55) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-04-17
Categories: Birds
Camera: CANON 1Ds Mark III, Canon EF 800mm f5.6L IS USM
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1000 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): aquatic birds!, CeltickRanger's favorite Bird photos -6- [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-01-04 6:22
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hello TN friends,
Thanks for your comments on my post last year:)
This scane was taken at Riva-Istanbul.Have a great Week and thanks for looking!

Infos from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Common Kingfisher
(Alcedo atthis)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Coraciiformes
Suborder: Alcedines

Kingfishers are small bright colored birds of the three families Alcedinidae (river kingfishers), Halcyonidae (tree kingfishers), and Cerylidae (water kingfishers). There are roughly 90 species of kingfisher. All have large heads, long, sharp, pointed bills, short legs, and stubby tails. They are found throughout the world.
1 Categorization
2 Habitat
3 Legend
The etymology of kingfisher (Alcedo atthis) is obscure; the term comes from king's fisher, but why that name was applied is not known.
The taxonomy of the three families is complex and rather controversial. Although commonly assigned to the order Coraciiformes, from this level down confusion sets in.
The kingfishers were traditionally treated as one family, Alcedinidae with three subfamilies, but following the 1990s revolution in bird taxonomy, the three former subfamilies are now usually elevated to familial level. That move was supported by chromosome and DNA-DNA hybridisation studies, but challenged on the grounds that all three groups are monophyletic with respect to the other Coraciiformes. This leads to them being grouped as the suborder Alcedines.
The tree kingfishers have been previously given the familial name Dacelonidae but Halcyonidae has priority. This group derives from a very ancient divergence from the ancestral stock. Even tropical South America has only five species plus wintering Belted Kingfisher. In comparison, the tiny African country of The Gambia has eight resident species in its 120 by 20 mi. (192 by 32 km) area.
The six species occurring in the Americas are four closely related green kingfishers in the genus Chloroceryle and two large crested kingfishers in the genus Megaceryle, suggesting[citation needed] that the sparse representation in the western hemisphere evolved from just one or two original colonising species.
The smallest species of kingfisher is the African Dwarf Kingfisher (Ispidina lecontei), which averages at 10.4 g and 10 cm (4 inches). The largest overall is the Giant Kingfisher (Megaceryle maxima), at an average of 355 g (13.5 oz) and 45 cm (18 inches). However, the familiar Australian kingfisher known as the Laughing Kookaburra (Dacelo novaeguineae) may be the heaviest species, since large individuals exceeding 450 g (1 lb) are not rare.
Kingfishers live in both woodland and wetland habitats. Kingfishers that live near water hunt small fish by diving. They also eat crayfish, frogs, and insects. Wood kingfishers eat reptiles. Kingfishers of all three families beat their prey to death, either by whipping it against a tree or by dropping it on a stone.

They are able to see well both in air and under water while swimming. Their eyes also have evolved an egg-shaped lens able to focus in the two different environments.

The Old World tropics and Australasia are the core area for this group. Europe and North America north of Mexico are very poorly represented with only one common kingfisher (Common Kingfisher and Belted Kingfisher respectively), and a couple of uncommon or very local species each: (Ringed Kingfisher and Green Kingfisher in the southwest USA, Pied Kingfisher and White-breasted Kingfisher in SE Europe).

A White-throated Kingfisher
[edit] Legend
Halcyon which gives its name to the family Halcyonidae is a mythical bird similar to the kingfisher.

"Ovid and Hyginus both also make the metamorphosis the origin of the etymology for "halcyon days", the seven days in winter when storms never occur. They state that these were originally the seven days each year (either side of the shortest day of the year) during which Alcyone ([as a kingfisher]) laid her eggs and made her nest on the beach and during which her father Aeolus, god of the winds, restrained the winds and calmed the waves so she could do so in safety. The phrase has since become a term used to describe a peaceful time generally."

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Hi Omer,

Great picture of these fighting kingfishers. Wonderful colour and very good detail on the front kingfisher, although the back kingfisher is a bit soft. Still a well captured moment.
Great capture and TFS


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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2010-01-04 6:37]

Hello Omer
Amazing capture of one of my favorites birds. Wonderful scene, colors and details

Hello Omer,
a fantastic capture of these two contending Kingfishers taken from an excellent POV in a great action with good timing, marvellous natural colours, very well composed.
Best regards

Merhaba Omer,

A great capture of these 2 Kingfishers competing for a spot/territory. Well taken & presented. TFS & best salam.


Ciao Omer, creat capture of lovely talking couple against a splendid blurry BG, fantastic colors, fine details and superb sharpness, I like a lot, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

Hello Omer,
Many salams my brother, this is a fantastic photo and shows how photographers in their enthusiasm are present at the right moment to take a wondrous and everlasting shot. This one is superb with sharp focus, showing birds fighting for the favourite perch instead of a fish, I think. A fine shot in all respects, thanks for sharing and thanks for all your words of encouragement...take care...warmest regards/Abid

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2010-01-04 7:31]

Beautiful composition you got here, fine species of kingfisher. Hope they have settled this quarrel to live peacefully. tfs.

ciao Omer!
truly fantastic duet of Common Kingfisher with good posture open wings
the detail of the wing is magnificent
thanks and compliments

Hi Omer! Excellent shot, nice colors and definition, a job well done. Greetings- Carme.

hello Omer
super composition with good details and beautiful colours
greeting lou

hello Omer

Aoutch ! what a superb dynamic and action photo of the Kingfishers,
fine POV and the way both are framed on the image,
the first one is superbly focused with great sharpness
and details, the background (i am talking the one after the 2nd Kingfisher)
it is beautifully blurred to not disturb the foreground,
and ah if you could also put in focus the the 2nd one
the photo would be more excellent and beautiful, TFS


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-01-04 8:24]

Merhaba Ömer,
A fine and beautiful action shot of two rival male Kingfishers showing aggresion. The composition, colours, sharpness where in focus, and neutral BG are excellent.
A very attarctive shotto start the year!
Thanks and best wishes,

Buen encuadre y excelente equilibrio del conjunto.
A destacar también la buena pose de las dos aves que dan dinamismo a la escena.
La luz quizá algo justa, aunque de esta manera le das un toque artístico, no se si deliberadamente o no.
En resumen y como siempre, un excelente trabajo.
Saludos Omer: Josep Ignasi.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-01-04 8:51]

Hello Omer,
Fantastic coloured photo of these kingfishers in action. The contrasts against the plain BG are very beautiful. Great sharp details, composition and DOF.

Hello Omer,
Fantastic picture of the kingfishers, one in sharp focus and the other in slightly OOF background.. It's a lovely pose you have captured with their beaks open and wings wide spread. Good sharpness and details in the plumage. Splendid colours and a beautiful clean background.
Thanks for this feast,

bu kareye şapka çıkartılır. gönülden tebrikler Ömer Bey. yorum gerektirmeyecek kadar güzel. elinize sağlık. müthiş bir zamanlama, harika bir aksiyon karesi. iyi akşamlar, selamlar.

hello Omer,
fascinating scene, really catch the moment, exceptional the output in colors, the flu second Halcyon functions well, it's a wonderful photo!
keep photographing! TFS

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2010-01-04 10:35]

Merhaba Omer Bey,
Cok guzel :o)
Tebrikler ve selamlar

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2010-01-04 11:05]

Hi Omer
Great action capture.Sharp image with good POV.Colors are beautiful
TFS Michel

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2010-01-04 11:19]

Hi Omer.A fine capture of the pair of Kingfisher not looking to happy with each other. You have taken the near one with fine detail to the feathers with bright natural colours. well taken TFS.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-01-04 12:57]

Hello Omer.
This is a brilliant composition. Remarkable poses ,lovely colours that contrasts well with BG. Masterpiece.
Best regards Siggi

Hahaha... valla bu da olay dostum:) kavgamı ediyorlar? yoksa kur mu mevzu? Ne olursa olsun süper bir aksiyon karesi olmuş.
Eline ve emeğine sağlık. Keyifli bir gece diliyorum...

Şimdiye kadar onlarca hatta diyebilirim ki yüzlerce yalıçapkını karesi izledim. Fakat bu kare kadar beğendiğim ve eğlenceli bir kare daha olmamıştı. Ellerinize sağlık, harika bir zamanlama ve kompozisyon.
İyi geceler.

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2010-01-04 13:59]

Ömer Bey yine harika bir hareketli kare yakalamışsınız.Bunların biri erkek diğeri dişi ise şiddetli bir geçimsizlik yaşadıkları çok belli.Bence ilk celsede...:) Gerçekten şahane bir kare olmuş.İçtenlikle kutluyorum.

Bi slavên germ.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-01-04 15:26]

Hi Omer....tell me how i can write....impossible to comment a beautiful pic and a professional work like that....if my compliments are enough...!!!Thanks a lot to show us this beauty,have a nice day,Luciano

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2010-01-04 16:04]

Hi Omer,

I keep looking for a new post from you and today was the day! These arguing Kingfishers were worth waiting for. But you can always be counted on for something very special. Your timing was perfect to capture them in these positions. The opened beaks and spread wings are fantastic. Beautiful iridescent colors and superfine details. Superb background and composition. I'm wondering which was first - seeing them or hearing them.


Hi Omer,
A photo full of good technical skills; background is impeccable and birds close-up is amazing, full of movement and perfect light. Very good and excellent primary focus, well medium blur in the background (as second bird). A really good photo set, congratulations MF!


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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2010-01-04 19:25]

Hello Omer,
Along with the Bee-eaters, this species has to be some of the most beautifully colored birds posted on TN. I have never gotten a close-up shot of a Kingfisher here in the US., but I don't think they are nearly as colorful as these. A super shot in every aspect!! TFS.

Ömer Bey, muhteşem zamanlama. harika bir aksiyon karesi. Elinize sağlık.

Demekki sadece insanlarda yok:) kuşlarda da aile faciası yaşanabilirmiş. Bayram hoca ile yazışmanızı okudum. Oldukça güldüm. Elinize ve emeğinize sağlık.

Ömer bey muhteşem manzara. Film gibi. Emeğinize sağlık.

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2010-01-05 0:24]

Ömer bey zmanlamanız yine muhteşem. Aralarında tartışma varmış gibi:) İzlemesi keyifli bir fotoğraf. Bir sizin bir de Bedri beyin kuş fotolarına bayılıyorum. Kuşları hissederek ve ayrı biz özenle çektiğiniz karelerin kalitesinden ve ruhundan anlaşılıyor. TN deki en iyi kuş fotoğrafçılarısınız bence.
Paylaşımlarınızın hepsi ayri bir keyif. Emeğinize sağlık.


Very nice picture and interesting moment captured.
Perfect view of left wing of this bird and great colors in yours photo.
Friendly regards.Alin.

Ömer bey merhaba,
Bu ne güzellik böyle. Zamanlama süper olmuş. Çok sevimli görünen bu kuşlar iş alan korumasına gelince çok çirkef oabiliyorlar. Elinize sağlık,

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-01-05 3:56]

Hello Omer,
Again a perfect bird-picture..not just one more, but a very interesting and vivid shot. The colors are very natural and fine and the sharpness very good too. Fine composition too.
Thanks and kind regards

striking pic, TFS Ori

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2010-01-05 6:53]

Hello Omer,
Fantastic and well-timed capture of these two Kingfishers having a quarrel! I love their position on the branch with open beaks. Great details and wonderful colours against the smooth background. Very well done!
TFS and regards, Ulla

Hello Omer
you have captured a wonderful scene of this two fighting kingfishers
superb composition and POV, i like the wings position of the two birds ansd alsothe natural colors of her plumage and the BG
Have a goodd night

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2010-01-05 19:11]

Hola Omer.
Beautiful Moment. Excellent photo. I relly like it a lot. These Two Kingfisher looks are fighting for a lady.
TFS My friend.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2010-01-05 19:32]

Great action shot, Omer.
The POV is perfect for showing their quarrelsome attitude.
Lovely colors and great details.
TFS. : )

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-01-05 21:58]

Hi Omer,
your picture is so unbeatable. The photographic skills is so outstanding and the sharpness is beyond doubt.
The action is so well captured. All these contribute towards an excitment of looking and enjoying your presentation.
Such a great presentation and it is a very classic capture and a top class one.


Hello Omer,
Exceptional shot. Superb composition with excellent colours and great sharpness.
Wonderful capture.

Omer bey, sanki National Geographic TV izler gibi. Harika cekmissiniz. elinize saglik.

Omer, first of all, let me wish you and your family a Happy New Year!
My sporadic appearances leave me frustrated at times because I miss a lot nowadays.
Mercifully, I'm almost on time to admire yet another of your great shots this evening. These two Kingfishers havine a heated argument have been captured extremely well in this dramatic situation. The one showing us its back is so excited its wings are spread wide to express its frustration, thereby giving us the opportunity to appreciate their beauty and symmetry.
You are a genius of a nature photographer and it is a privilege to see your work off and on.
Warm regards,

Hello Omer,

an very good presentation fron thids flying jewel.
good pov and i wish more dof so that the seciond bird also sharp are.
Fine colours.


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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2010-01-06 11:58]

Hi Omer,
an amazingly well timed shot, what a superb photo. Details and focus are excellent, very well done.

Omer bey..nefis bir fotograf.. tam dogal. kavga eden kus cifti dusunmezdim:) sayenizde gordum.. tesekkurler... iyi geceler..

Hallo Omer
What a stunning moment you have captured! The detail not only of the action but of the birds in particular is striking. The colours of the feathers are a delight to look at and the wingspan of the one in the front very impressive. You have captured the motion very well. A bright, action filled image with lots more of details to appreciate, than I have mentioned. I like it very much. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

Hello Omer,

The interaction between the two is very well recorded!
Good close-up capture with exquisite colours & details...
A well balanced composition with a fine 3D feeling!

Pablo -

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2010-01-07 13:20]

Hi Omer

Quite simply - superb work!


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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2010-01-09 11:18]

Her yönüyle mükemmel bir kompozisyon, kutlarım Ömer bey, selamlar..

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2010-01-10 0:48]

What a fight between this two wonderful birds.
Great sharp details and colors.

Great scene/interaction with these colorful flappers goin' at it!
Nice details in the near bird Omer, it's well exposed and the colors look beautiful :)
Best wishes for a prosperous New Year.

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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2010-01-15 12:42]

salut Omer,
ta galerie est toujours aussi riche,je suis admiratif des résultats. Ici splendide scène saisi au bon moment avec une restitution des couleurs extraordinaire.


They look like two "OPERA SINGERS".
Love the colours.
Great imagery.
Excellent notes.
Mario from COLD Calgary with greetings.

Hi Ömer bey again,
Not me is the first who say You're very good in capturing moving birds - this pic is simply awesome, a colorful dance frozen into photography. Superb sharpness and timing, absolutely top notch image. Bravo.
Tfs, regards, László

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2010-01-31 6:52]

Hello Omer,
I like how many of your images show some form of interaction. This one is splendid Omer, colors and focus are excellent, thank you.

Dear omer ,
So nice work from you.
Wonderful moment.
Very well captured.


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  • mlines Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 556 W: 26 N: 668] (3116)
  • [2010-01-31 23:38]

Hi Omer, Beautifull caputured pair of kingfishers. The blue colours and sharpness especially the front bird is very good. TFS. Murray.

Hi Omer,

This is just amazing.
Moments captured is just so timely and
you have managed a very good shot at them.


Merhaba Ömer bey
mükemmel bir çekim olmuş. Tüm detatylar çok güzel.Ellerinize sağlık. TFS. Selamlar


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