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Halcyon smyrnensis

Halcyon smyrnensis
Photo Information
Copyright: Foozi Saad (foozi) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-12-26
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D90, Sigma DG 150-500mm 1:5-6.3 APO HSM
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/80 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-01-20 20:12
Viewed: 2363
Points: 60
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This White-throated Kingfisher is very agile and sensitive to human presence. I tried so many times until I saw this one perching on a rotten tree trunk by the river near my place.
I drove slowly in my small car and used maximum 500mm. It was handheld in the front seat. It did not last last long, after three shots he flew. As you could see, the eye is looking seriously at the lens, and on the verge of flying off.
The White-throated Kingfisher (Halcyon smyrnensis) also known as the White-breasted Kingfisher or Smyrna Kingfisher, is a tree kingfisher widely distributed in Eurasia from Bulgaria,Turkey, east through South Asia to the Philippines. This kingfisher is a resident over much of its range, although some populations may make short distance movements. It can often be found well away from water where it feeds on a wide range of prey that includes small reptiles, amphibians, crabs, small rodents and even birds. During the breeding season they call loudly in the mornings from prominent perches including the tops of buildings in urban areas or on wires.

From wikipedia

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Hello Foozi

Excellent photo of this Kingfisher with fine POV
and framing, beautiful light and soft color tones,
excellent focus sharpness and details,
beautiful expressive glance with the catch-light,
beautiful bokeh of the background, TFS


Hello Foozi,
Nice shot from a distance. Lovely eye contact and natural setting. Very well done.

Impressive photo of an impressive bird Foozi! Very good composition, fantastic BG, wonderful colours and good sharpness.

so beautiful close up good composition, impressive colors performance and fine details!
regards Foozi

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2012-01-21 0:33]

Hello Foozi.
This is a very nice picture. I really like it. What I like most is the pose and the composition. Well done.Best regards Siggi

Hi Foozi,

Wow what a Beautiful and colourful Kingfisher you have presented us with here today my good friend, splendid point of view, commendable sharpness considering hand holding your 500mm lens hmmm im impressed, superb lighting with a nice catch-lighted eye, excellent work from you once again Foozi, TFS,
Best Regards,


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2012-01-21 2:00]

Hello Foozi,
A photo in very beautiful contrasting colours, well saturated. Fine pose with eye contact, sharpness and an excellent composition and DOF. Beautiful blurred background.

Hello Foozi,
This would be a very good photo under any circumstances but, considering the conditions under which it was taken, it is magnificent! Congratulations with your perserverance and with having been able to attain such an exccellent result. Best wishes.

Ciao Foozi, lovely birtd on a beautiful blurry BG, fantastic colors, splenbdid sharpness and fine details, very well done, my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

Very good pose with eye contact against a nice background. Excellent detail. Good colours.
A fine photo.
regards yiannis

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  • tcr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 158 W: 8 N: 538] (3384)
  • [2012-01-21 3:39]

Fine photography of this kingfisher.
Accurate lightness and color saturation.
Well composed too.

Hallo Foozi
Your patience paid off and you got a great shot. The details and spectacular bright colour of this White-throated Kingfisher is well seen against the greenish backdrop. It is a beautiful bird and I very much like its slender built. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2012-01-21 4:59]

Hello Foozi,
This is superb!
The pose on the post is great, taken from a nice lateral POV with excellent sharpness, lighting and natural colours against a clean BG in a pleasing composition. Nice eye contact too.
Thanks forsharing this beauty,
Best regards,

Like a little and precious a jewel...What a beautiful bird! great colors and nice sharpness.The eyes contact is amazing and so the elegant composition.Well done Foozi! Thanks for sharing and for the notes!
Have a nice w-end!

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  • pegos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 222 W: 0 N: 356] (1982)
  • [2012-01-21 6:02]

Hello Foozi,
great capture of this beauty with excellent sharpness and splendid brilliant colours; perfect POV and nice blurred background. Well done!
Thanks for sharing

hello Foozi
great sharpness composition with nice light and beautiful colours
thanks greeting lou

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2012-01-21 7:48]

Hello Foozi,
Kingfishers in general must behave the same way, as I can never get close to the ones we have here in Ohio either. I would love to get a close up shot shot such as yours, but they are so nervous and never stay still long enough.
Love the gorgeous plumage and fine detail you managed to capture. Your birds are much more brightly colored then the ones we have. Great job!!

Foozi, this is a wonderful shot of this kingfisher. You did a great job capturing it. Have a great weekend, Bill

Hi Foozi,
very nice photo of this bird. Excellent sharpness and details. Really amazing colours.
Have a nice weekend,

Ciao Foozi. Splendid colours ang goo light against he soft Bg. Good details MF.


Hello Foozi,
A beautiful coloured bird captured from an ideal POV with excellent sharp details. Great composition and clear BG, too. Well done!

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2012-01-21 15:36]

Hi Foozi,magnificent capture of this little and colorfull bird,new for me.I like the position and the perfect sharpness and light balance too.Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano

Yes this is a very very agile and sensitive to human presence and very difficult to capture, but you did it efficiently with optimum sharpness. congratulation.
PS: thank you for visiting my gallery.

Hello Foozi,
Wonderful capture of superb species of bird.
It is a great image with impressive colors and excellent composition.
I love the razor sharp details.
Thanks for sharing!

I like the rock perch, this birds dramatic colors always please.
Good detail, exposure, and overall composition.
Have a great day!

Hi Foozi,
Beautiful picture of this kingfisher with good details & colors.
Taken from a good POV & great sharpness. The BG is stunning here. TFS.

Sawasdee Ka Foozi,
Excellent photo of this Kingfisher, fantastic sharpness, lovely highlighted eye, beautiful colours and very well composed against a perfect out of focus background,
Thanks for sharing and have a nice week,
Best Regards,

Salam Foozi,
You have this kingfisher in beautiful isolation. Sharp image against uncluttered smooth silenced background. Excellent work and thanks for sharing.

Welcome Foozi,
wonderful colorful bird. Beautiful shot of a White-throated Kingfisher standing on a rock.
Regards - Slawek

Hi Foozi,

The bird is well placed in the frame. The point of vies is showing the details and colors of the White-throated Kingfisher. The morning light is enhancing the colors. Have a nice day.


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