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Blue for you
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Copyright: Willem Botha (whjb) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 51 W: 26 N: 172] (683)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-01-25
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 350D, Sigma 170-500mm f/5-6.3 AF APO Ultra DG, 86mm UV filter
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-02-13 5:19
Viewed: 4011
Points: 18
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
BROWNHOODED KINGFISHER (Halcyon albiventris)

Identification:
They have a dull brown crown and red bill with black tip. The males back is black and the females brown. They have whitish underparts and a brownish breast and flanks. The tail and flight are bright blue

Distribution:
Found in Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Botswana, north eastern Namibia and South Africa

Status:
Common resident

Habitat:
Thickets in woodland and denser savanna, forest edge, riverine and coastal bush, gardens and parks

Habits:
Solitary or in pairs. Pairs display to each other with open wings, bobbing, pivoting and calling. Perches on a branch, post or telephone wire, scanning ground below for prey. Sometimes dives for fish but less expertly than aquatic kingfishers.

Food:
Mainly insects

Breeding:
Mainly September to December
Nest : A tunnel in a sand bank or river bank
Clutch : 2-3 Eggs
Incubation : Unrecorded

This photo was shot at the Pilanesberg National Park at a waterhole. The bird just had a dip in the water and is still slightly wet.

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Nice shot, amazing bird!
Good compo and details.
Andrea

G'day Willem
Short on time tonight, but I can see you have done a great job here. Well done! Thanks Paul

Hi Willem,
Great shot on this Brownhooded Kingfisher. The big zoom does a great job on the isolation. Spot on exposure. excellent colors and detail in the plumage. I saw a few Kingfishers on my recent trip to Florida but did not have enogh lens for shots like this.
Scott

Hallo Willem

Thank you for sharing this beautiful picture of the Brown Hooded Kingfisher.

This birds beak really intrigue’s me. If a witch’s hat was not black, I would have said it looks like the old lady on the broom’s hat. But definitely on the wrong place. If the bird would tilt his head just slightly the hat would be on the right place. Ok let’s leave it there, maybe some other members think I am Cookoos.

I enjoyed reading your notes regarding this bird, and I could see clearly that the bird just had a bath. I also can’t help to see and compare this bird with a little naughty boy, that enjoying splashing in and out of the water.

Thanks for sharing. It was a good one.

Kind regards
Aaltjie

Bonjour,
Quel bec remarquable.
Bonne journée.
clnaef

  • Great 
  • LamarN (0)
  • [2007-02-13 10:49]

Very nicely shot image of an appealing bird that has his feathers a'ruffle. Colors are natural appearing. Best wishes, Lamar.

  • Great 
  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-02-13 11:51]

What a wonderful kingfisher. So sharp that every feather stands out! I love the colors and the pose.

Jane

a very well executed shot Willem. I can see the light conditions were harsh but still you managed to get a well exposed shot. well done! actually the fact that this guy is soaked in water makes the pic more interesting, poor thing looks very cold! TFS!

Willem, Hierdie vogel het baie fraai "pecker"!

What a pecker on that bird eh! I'm glad I am not a pisces in the waters where he spears!...

I like the composition of "cornering" the bird along with the PoV that makes me feel of being almost level with the bird...
for good contact. Tfs, J.

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