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Common Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis)

Common Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis)
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Copyright: Joao Edgar (joaoedgar) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 39 W: 0 N: 86] (528)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-02-26 5:01
Viewed: 2073
Points: 32
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Kingfishers are a group of small to medium sized brightly coloured birds in the order Coraciiformes. They have a cosmopolitan distribution, with most species being found in the Old World and Australia. The group is treated either as a single family, Alcedinidae, or as a suborder Alcedines containing 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. Most species have bright plumage with little differences between the sexes. Most species are tropical in distribution, and a slight majority are found only in forests. They consume a wide range of prey as well as fish, usually caught by swooping down from a perch. Like other members of their order they nest in cavities, usually tunnels dug into the natural or artificial banks in the ground. A few species, principally insular forms, are threatened with extinction.
Source: Wikipedia

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hi Joao,
nice capture of this tiny Kingfisher in its activity. two at a time?! quite smart :)
thanks for sharing.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2012-02-26 6:33]

Hello Joao,
another fabulous shot. So hard to get one like this.
Very special capture and it is such a stunning one.


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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2012-02-26 7:00]

Two in the beak, very smart bird, beautifully captured. tfs.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2012-02-26 7:39]

Hello Joao,
Excellent capture of a Kingfisher with its captures...
Superb POV showing its features and the fish with fine sharpness and natural colours.
Great to view!
Thanks and best regards,

Ciao Joao, great capture of lovely kingfisher and its prey, fine details, nice blurry BG, wonderful natural colors and splendid sharpness, very well done my friend, have a good Sunday, ciao Silvio

Olá João!
Excelente dois em um!Grande momento e fantástica foto.Cores e nitidez deslumbrantes.Bem feito!!!
Grande abraço

Hi Joao,
you have captured this kingfisher in a very attractive pose with 2 fishes in the beak, never seen more than one before.
This bird is one of my fav's since I never get a decent shot of it.
Beautiful colours, well exposed, fine POV but I think you could sharp it a bit more and maybe add a wee more contrast but thats me.
Nevertheless it's a very nice picture.
Well done.


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  • aljy Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 47 W: 4 N: 42] (593)
  • [2012-02-26 9:00]

hello joao

it is a challange of capture.i like to call this moment as a great fisherman of kingfisher.
excellent capture with wonderfull colour.

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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2012-02-26 10:00]

Hi Joao,

Never saw this bird wih two fishes!! Excellent shot with lots of nice details.


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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2012-02-26 10:15]

Hello Joao.
This is a great actionshot. You are on the right time and the right place. Your lucky one. Always very nice colors by this little bird. Perfect POV, DOF and BG. Very nice composition. Well done.
Best regards Siggi

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6482 W: 89 N: 15613] (65313)
  • [2012-02-26 11:19]

Woow Joao,whit 2 fish in the beack is better..ehehe..what a fantastic and lucky capture,magnificent moment and position and the best quality of sharpness and colors,i like it!Have a nice week and thanks,Luciano.

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  • thijs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 82 W: 1 N: 104] (529)
  • [2012-02-26 11:46]

Hi Joao

Very nice moment of this little bird. I like the two fishes he caught. It could use a litte more details. (looks a bit soft)


Hi Joao, Wow what an amazing moment you have captured here my good friend, excellent lighting with lovely natural colour tones, superb detailed sharpness, quality picture here Joao and very well done,
Best Regards,


Impressive scene and great photo Joao! Excellent composition, wonderful colours and good sharpness!

simply beautiful, congratulations for the picture Joao !

ciao, tino

great double catch, try to sharpen a little, TFS Ori

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