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White-breasted Kingfisher

White-breasted Kingfisher
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Copyright: Anil Purohit (purohit) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 16 W: 12 N: 82] (787)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-02-27
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D 50, Nikkor 70-300 G
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/200 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): The Heaven of Black-bucks -- Tal Chhapar Sanctuary [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-08-14 4:34
Viewed: 3020
Points: 10
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
White Breasted Kingfisher ( Halcyon Smyrnensis)
This is one of the birds that can never fail to catch your attention. A brilliant turquoise blue with deep chocolate-brown head, neck and under parts, a long bright red ‘kingfisher-like’ bill and white front catches immediate attention. It’s size of a pigeon but appears much smaller due to the way it sits. Both the sexes are alike and pairs can be seen near ponds, jheels, dense jungles etc. In fact the bird can be seen both near and away from water bodies.
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The bird is found in plains and lower hills all over India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Myanmar and Bangladesh. Four races have been identified according to colour and size differentiation. It is very fond of fish, tadpoles, grasshoppers, lizards and insects. Like pied kingfisher, white breasted kingfisher also observes its prey from the superior position and the moment its within reach, a flash of lightening it catches it.
Like his cousin, the white breasted kingfisher enjoys his food again at a perched place. The nesting season is from March to July. The nest is a horizontal tunnel like structure dug in a precipitous mud-bank of the stream, where four to seven white spherical eggs are laid.
Source- www.indiasite.com

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-08-14 6:47]

Hello Anil,
A fine sharp capture of a White-breasted Kingfisher. The POV is great and the turned head pose gives an excellent eye contact in this colourful composition.
Thanks and best regards,

Hi Anil,

this is an impressive bird, so colourful and you have done it justice with good colour control, fine detail, good timing and perfect composition. Well done.


Hi Anil,
what a wonderful picture taken with superb sharpness in a fantastic pose, marvellous colours in a great composition.

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  • ankit (8)
  • [2010-09-03 18:09]

Hi Anil
This is an excellent shot with very nice colors, sharpness, and details. Well done.

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  • bipin (2)
  • [2010-09-09 10:35]

Hello Anil
An excellent shot with beautiful coloration, great sharpness & fine details. Well done & TFS.

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