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Pied Kingfisher

Pied Kingfisher
Photo Information
Copyright: Liezel Dsouza (ldsouza) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 101 W: 25 N: 218] (1369)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-01-21
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 5D, Canon EF 300 f4L + Canon 1.4 converter
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/250 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-02-21 16:40
Viewed: 4378
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Saw this little beauty in Botswana. I tried to get him fishing but was having focus issues ...

Here are some details on the bird:
Frequents open waters including coastal inlets. Occurs almost everywhere there is suitable habitat.

This is a common, easily seen, black and white crested Kingfisher. It is piscivorous and fishes either from a height by hovering over open water or from a perch. It is the largest bird that is capable of a true hover in still air and this hunting method means that, unlike the closely related Giant Kingfisher, it is not dependent on there being extensive woodland within its home range. The sexes are very similar and are only distinguished by the presence of 2 full breast bands (one broad and one narrow) in the male whereas the female has a single incomplete breast band. They are usually found in pairs or small groups and they nest in burrows, often in small colonies.

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-02-21 19:59]

Hi Liezel,
excellent shot. The Details are exceptionel sharp and colors are beautiful. Composition is outstanding.

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  • radz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 598 W: 11 N: 72] (436)
  • [2006-02-21 20:57]

Beautiful shot,nice composition.

Hello Liezel
Wonderful composition.
Very nice color and BG. Good POV very clear and sharp.

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2006-02-21 22:58]

Bonsoir Liezel!

Une superbe prise,cet oiseau est magnfique et l'éclairage fait bien ressortir les détails.

Félicitations et merci pour l'envoie.


nice bird
good pleasure
good job

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  • olger Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 65 W: 0 N: 138] (744)
  • [2006-02-22 6:15]

Nice Shot, i guess you cropped it a lot, but i would love to make a picture like this, wel done!

what a nice shot - seems a touched OE'ed in parts, but black and white is always difficult to get sorted in bright conditions.

I really like the composition and the slightly open beak. It works well.


Hi Liezel

Excellent shot. Nicely composed with very good light. The detail is sharp and the colours, spot on. Good job. TFS.

Hello Liezel,

No time for a proper critique, just wanted to touch base and give a deserved :-)

Lovely bird and composition, well done!


Good color and composition. Beautiful bird.


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