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Copyright: Elroyie David (elroyie) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 299 W: 87 N: 1482] (6439)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-01-03
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 300D, Canon 75-300mm ISUSM
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/640 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Wildlife of israel, Kingfishers, Alcedo atthis [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2004-08-06 15:30
Viewed: 5265
Favorites: 4 [view]
Points: 46
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
First I got to admit that this is a 'brutal' crop of the original frame, since it is TrekNature I allowed myself to do this crop for you to see the details and the beauty of this bird.

About the Kingfisher or Alcedo atthis sized about 16 cm.

Their brilliant blue upperparts, deep red underparts, white face patches and unique shape make Kingfishers impossible to misidentify.

Breeds along rivers, streams and lakes. Winters along lakes, rivers and estuaries; occasionally on rocky shores.

A fairly widespread but localised resident throughout most of England and Wales, although scarce in Scotland. Usually found in freshwater areas, although some move to the coast in winter, when food is more scarce.

Widespread in most of Europe, generally easier to see at reedbeds and marshes than along rivers. Trips by punt through the Danube Delta (Romania) or the Sultan Marshes (Turkey) guarantee lots of views and they are also easy to see around the seashores of Crete.

This was taken from www.birdguides.com

RAP, AdrianW, alainh, AndyB, gerhardt, carper, PDP, milloup, danbachmann, orme, kb10, tzeybek has marked this note useful
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Martin pêcheur très élégant sur cette photo.
Félicitations Elroyie.

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2004-08-06 15:39]

Que belleza de pajarillo con excelente colorido, perfecto DOF y composicion.
Felicitaciones Elroyie!

That beauty of birdie with excellent colorful, perfect DOF and composition. Congratulations Elroyie!

Great shot! An easy two points for you this time, anyone who catches a recognisable shot of these critters deserves at the very least two points, I've tried briefly in the past and the best I captured was a faint blue stripe ;) I really love the warm tones in this shot and the DOF is perfect, about the only thing I'd suggest is that you consider cropping the little bit of reed coming into the left of the frame and have a go at the slight colour bleed from the reed. Excellent capture :-D

P.S. I've posted a Workshop, see what you think!

He still looks good in this enlargement, a slight hot spot on his breast but otherwise spot on.

superbe, Elroyie.
In french: Martin Pecheur.
un oiseau pas facile à photographier.
tres net, belles couleurs et joli cadrage.
bien vu

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2004-08-06 16:08]

Very well done. Your shot still has great DOF and sharpness. The crop is very good and I really like the result.

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  • barkin (26)
  • [2004-08-06 16:15]

nice catch... good DOF... composition better... i dont know what people say but the branch (or leaf??) complete the picture. congs

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2004-08-06 19:00]

A fabulous shot.
Great composition and DoF.
A great capture,very well done.

Very nice composition. Lovely colours. Crisp and sharp detail. Nice work here. Thanx for sharing.

Very good Elroyie
Great DOF , color and sharpness.
Well done.

Hi Elroyie
I'm sure I remember this beauty. Alwways a lovely k'fisher. Adrian's WS is grest to.

very good capture Elroyie,
Self I have ever try to get one on picture, but I had never succes. Very nice compositition, good colours

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2004-08-07 6:57]

Oops I missed this one, don't know how because it's excellent. The only times I have seen Kingfishers are when they zoom by. I have held one it had hit a car or something and was lying in the gutter, I took it to the vets but it died.

Anyway, it's a beautiful picture of a very handsome bird, the composition is exceelnt and the backgorund colours really fit.

Great capture of this skittish birdie against a nice oof background. Like Adrian I've tried to get one of these, but in my case the result was a greenish-blue blur above the brook, so well done ;-) Ours seem to have moved somewhere else now, haven't seen them for ages :-((

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  • Esox Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 239 W: 20 N: 344] (972)
  • [2004-08-07 12:19]

A really great shot!
Too hard to take.
I often see Kingfishers when i'M... fishing ;-).
Details, composition, colours, and DOF are all spot on.

Beautiful Photo !

I like this bird.

I like this shot, but I think I would have cropped more of the space on the lft off. Great colors

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  • orme Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 45 W: 0 N: 56] (188)
  • [2004-08-12 2:14]

A great photo, Elroyie, of a very beautiful bird. Good DOF. Stunning colours. I like the position in which you have captured the bird. Well done.

I really like the level of diffusion on the background. When blurred, the background colors compliment those of the kingfisher.

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  • kb10 Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 15 W: 0 N: 29] (155)
  • [2004-10-05 9:23]

pas grand chose à dire, cette photo est magnifique

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2004-12-16 17:49]

Elroyie, despite the brutal crop, your image is just perfect. How could you keep the good quality of the image even with the crop?

As for the picture, vivid colors of this extremely beautiful bird within a great composition.


Beautiful photo! I assume this is a morning shot as he seems to be fluffing himself out to dry out. This makes for beautiful lighting. Do you use a teleconverter on this? You got remarkably close, well done!

You take such beautiful bird photos! I love the composition and colors of this one! Super nice shot.

Beautyfull picture:-))

Great colors.

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