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Woodland Kingfisher

Woodland Kingfisher
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Copyright: Anna Eksteen (Miss_Piggy) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2285 W: 5 N: 5300] (18714)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-03-25
Categories: Birds
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC HX1, Sony G lens 20x Optical zoom, Digital ISO 125
Exposure: f/5.2, 1/250 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-04-09 7:29
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Woodland Kingfisher / Halcyon senegalensis

The Woodland Kingfisher is number 52 in the series of the Birds of the Kruger which I am still sharing although I paused for a while. With time I still aim to share a total of at least 100 of the birds from this wonderful game reserve. I would have loved to share them all, but there are still 100's which I was not able to photograph as yet.

This image was taken during a short 5 day visit to the park at the end of March. The Woodland Kingfisher is one of the birds I had on my wish list and was very thrilled when we were able to get some good photographs of while it was sitting in a tree, posing so beautifully and with poise.

The blue colouration of kingfishers is not a blue pigment, but a structural effect known as Tyndall scattering, in which fine airspaces in the feather material scatter short wavelengths of light, giving rise to the intense blue effect. If you were to look at a kingfisher feather with the light shining through it, instead of reflected off it, it would be brown. The brown pigment, called melanin, absorbs all other wavelengths of light to intensify the blueness.

The Woodland Kingfisher is the most radiant blue of any woodland bird and its "krit-trrrrrr" call is as cheerful as the colour of its blue back. It comes to southern Africa to breed from October to April, departing after that for more tropical latitudes. Because these birds migrate mainly by night, they sometimes collide with unexpected obstacles or lighted windows, killing or injuring themselves.

These kingfishers feed mainly on insects and reptiles; they seldom occur near water and rarely dive for fish.

Members of a pair display by gyrating from side to side and flashing their blue-black wings as they sing their inimitable song. The nest is either a natural hole in a tree or one excavated by a woodpecker or barbet. They may even build their nests under the eaves of houses. The female lays her 3 glossy white eggs, which hatch out in 13-14 days. Both parents feed the nestlings for 2-3 weeks.

Taken from: Animals of the Kruger Park and Lowveld - Heritage Publishing.

I hope you enjoyed looking at this photo as much as I took pleasure in taking it.

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Hello Anna,

An outstanding capture of this woodland kingfisher with such beautiful coloration, details & sharpness. Great composition & lovely pose...

Very nicely done & its so good to see your posts on TN.

TFS & best wishes


Wow that's an awesome shot, with good sharpness and oh so lovely a colorful subject

Hello Anna,
Not only is the bird very beautiful and rendered in excellent quality, but so is the foliage, standing out against the OOF background. A real pleasure to view. Is there a possibility that we can see a collection of your birds of Kruger on-line? Best wishes.

Hello Anna,
great capture of this Kingfisher with good sharpness and wonderful colours. I also like the lateral view and the nice eye contact.
Best wishes,

Ciao Anna, great capture of lovely kingfisher with fanmtastic colors, splendid sharpness and fine details, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Hi Anna,

Really good close up of the Kingfisher resting on the acacia tree, I remember inspecting the long, hard and sharp thorns of this tree when I was in Tanzania. It is amazing how nature is protecting itself. Without the thorn the giraffes would have to have such long tongue or it might just wipe out the tree within days. Well back to this bird, it is beautiful, love the light blue of the plumage, the red beak really stand out against the green, like a stem of red hot pepper.

Beautiful shot with good composition and excellent details.


Hello Anna

Excellent close-up photo of the Woodland Kingfisher,
fine POV and framing, excellent focus sharpness and details,



Hi Anna,

A real nice bird proficiently captured. Light, colour is perfect. Sharpness is quite good - the best one can get at extremal ranges of the instrument used. Interesting note about the species.


Hi Anna
most beautiful colors here with perfect comp

Hi Anna,
very nice photo of this bird. Very good point of view. Nice composition.
Thanks for sharing,

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  • ana974 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 477 W: 48 N: 968] (4857)
  • [2012-04-09 11:00]

Hello Anna!
What a wonderful souvenir from your visit to the Kruger park ( which I know so well by the Nat-Geo Wild).Fantastic shot with so many good details and gorgeous colors.Congratulations and thanks to sharing it with so interesting notes.Bravo!
Best wishes from your friend,

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2012-04-09 11:10]

Hello Anna.
This is a wonderful picture. The sharpness and details are amazing, the blue colour of the feathers are spectacular.Very well done.Best regards Siggi

hello Anna,
the bird is truly beautiful. good sharpness and a good angle. thanks for sharing.
after going through your recent post, and seeing you still managing time to share such beautiful photographs, i have started admiring you. keep faith. and keep smiling.

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  • pegos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 222 W: 0 N: 356] (1982)
  • [2012-04-09 13:25]

Hello Anna,
beautiful image of this kingfisher! Excellent sharpness and wonderful colours; nice ambientation and great POV. Very well done!
Thanks for sharing

Hello Anna my dear friend and neighbour of today.
Another one of your stunning bird photos and a pleasure to view. Excellent composition and beautiful colours. Looks like your 5 day stay in KNP was worth it my friend. Fantastic image and thanks for sharing.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2012-04-09 14:52]

Hi Anna,spectacular capture of this kingfisher,what a composition and a absolute perfections of the details and metallic colors,fantastic work,i like it!Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano.

Good morning Anna
Wonderful this kingfisher and so well captured.Perfect pose and composition,wonderful bright colors and great sharpness.
I've been at the kruger in 1991...long time ago...
Thank You,
Kind regards


Another excellent post by you.
I love the tight composition showing great detail of the subject. The DOF is good with OOF BG. Your sharpness, clarity of the image, colour and lighting are all very well done.

P.S. I also love the Woodland Kingfishers during summer in the Kruger!

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2012-04-10 5:24]

Hello Anna,
lovely presentation of this excellent kingfisher. The colours are so attractive and the details are well seen. The bird perched wonderfully and you never wasted it.
Congrats and it is so beautiful

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2012-04-10 7:06]

Hello Anna,
Superb photo of this Woodland Kingfisher in impressive sharpness and details. Wonderful that you can come so close. Beautiful bright and contrasting colours. A fine DOF and composition. Nice Acacia tree as a contrasting background.

Hello Anna,
No doubt this is the best image I have ever seen with this species of bird. The details, clarity, focus and sharpness are impressive.
Very nice low POV. Excellent contrast against the green background. Thanks for sharing!

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2012-04-10 7:51]

Hi Anna.
Brilliant shot. My congratulations. Simply amazing BG, splendid pattern, created by small leaves and twigs, fantastic sharpness and colours of an amazing bird. Bravo. Great job.

Anne this is very good
so good sharpness and this colours are beautiful
great shot
thanks greeting lou

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  • Merlin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 445 W: 267 N: 455] (1713)
  • [2012-04-10 10:29]

Hi, Anna
This is just an excellent portrait of the kingfisher hunting from the acacia. Everything is as it should be, and the exposure and colours look excellent to me. You had a little luck, as there are no twigs or thorns between your lens and the bird, which is so often a problem. A fine posting.
Best wishes, Nigel.

Hi Anna, Wow what a fabulous capture of this Woodland Kingfisher my good friend hmmm lovely stuff!, good composition with the Kingfisher well placed in the format, superb sharpness and detail, nice lighting management with excellent natural colours, splendid work here Anna and very well done,
Best Regards,


Bonjour Anna,
Superbe publication valorisant bien le sujet, sous un bon angle de prise de vue, par son opposition dans l'environnement ; la lumière, bien maîtrisée, dévoile de splendide couleurs et l'excellente profondeur de champ permet d'apprécier la finesse des détails.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

Ciao Anna. Magnificent pic for the coloured bird. Details and sharp perfect as usual. Intrigant BG indeed. TFS.


Amazing bird and impressive photo Anna! Wonderful pose, excellent composition, fantastic colours and good sharpness!

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2012-04-11 21:38]

What a beautiful bird, Anna!
The colors are gorgeous. What a great profile pose.
I loved that you were able to capture the iridescence on those blue feathers!
Just lively.
TFS : )

Hi Anna,
King fisher of our country is different colour.
this is really a beautiful picture with great clarity and colour. very nice composition.
thank you for visiting my gallery.
with best wishes.

Hello Anna.
This is fabulous kingfisher shot and that perch is truly amazing. The body is sharp and on the same plane exposing vivid plumage details. Lovely colors and top grade composition.
Thanks and have a nice day.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2012-04-14 10:44]

Hello Anna,
What a beauty you have posted this time. Very interesting to know that it's feathers are actually a brown color. I also am surprised to find that this particular kingfisher doesn't spend much time around water like it's many cousins do.
Love the gorgeous bluish turquoise colors and sharp focus. Must say the red bill is a real eye catcher which is hard to ignore. Great job at showing off this little fellow.

Hello Anna,
An excellent shot of this beautiful bird! Great focus that give the perfect sharpness, nice colours and fine details. Well done!

Hello Anna,
I am so glad you were given the opportunity to capture this Woodland Kingfisher in all it's splendour!!! Fantastic sharp detail combined with the wonderful colours, placing, light and POV makes this a superb composition. Well done.
Best regards,
Middle May were are off to Ngwenya Lodge/Crocodile bridge - Kruger National Park for a week.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2012-04-20 1:58]

Hello Anna,
Missed this striking picture. What a beak this Kingfisher has! Lovely presentation in its natural surrounding and showing so well its beautiful plumage. Excellent sharpness too. A lovely posting!
Kind regards

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  • vanda Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 338 W: 25 N: 754] (3673)
  • [2012-04-21 15:13]

Hi Anna!
very nice portrait of Woodland Kingfisher, captured in perfect way. Sharpness and details are superb. Nice lighting and great DOF.
Well done, anna: congratulations.
ciao and nice Sunday! Vanda
I would like capturing this bird so much. Some days ago I saw a Common Kingfisher. Unfortunately it was impossible to capture it with my camera ... it was too far away :(

Hello Anna
Congratulations for this shot extra: everything is successful!
thank you. friendly

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  • Chiza Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 133 W: 0 N: 474] (5351)
  • [2012-06-07 18:59]

Hola Anna; primero que todo deseo su pronta recuperación. Que belleza de foto y de ave, me gusta mucho la especie, el color, la luz, enfoque, entorno y la composición...saludos.

Anna, great shot of this kingfisher, Excellent sharpness and detail.

Hi Anna,
Great capture of this kingfisher. Excellent coloration, details & sharpness. Congratulation.

hello Anna
Beautiful shot. Amazing color, detail and closeness.
Thanks for sharing.

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