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Brown Hooded Kingfisher

Brown Hooded Kingfisher
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Copyright: Robin Du Bois (robindb) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 127 W: 0 N: 378] (1420)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-12-08
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 7D, Sigma 170-500mm APO, 58 mm uv Hoya
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/800 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-12-10 0:17
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As I was preparing to go to work on tuesday morning my wife, Carin, called me. Muttering under my breath I went to the bedroom where she was busy doing what women do in front of the mirror with hair dryers, curlers, lipstick etc wondering what my latest sin was.
She pointed out the window at this beutifull bird and I probably burnt the rubber on my shoes to run and get the camera. It is perched on the prefab concrete wall and I would have preferred a branch or such but I think the bird's beuty makes up for this. It sat there for quite a while so I could take a number of photo's of different poses before it flew away. Needless to say I now owe Carin a nice evening out. My experience is that this bird is found more away from water than other kingfishers

The following was found at birdsinsa.com

The Brown-hooded Kingfisher is a Southern African bird that belongs to the Dacelonidae bird family group which includes birds such as Dacelonid Kingfishers.
There have been no changes in the common name between the Roberts 6th and Roberts 7th Edition. There have been no changes in the Latin name for the Brown-hooded Kingfisher between the Roberts 6th and Roberts 7th Edition
The Brown-hooded Kingfisher is known in Afrikaans as Bruinkopvisvanger.
The Brown-hooded Kingfisher has a height of 24 cms and weighs around 60 gms. The head is coloured brown while the bill is coloured red. The Halcyon albiventris has a white coloured throat, orange legs and a black coloured back. The eyes are brown.
The male Halcyon albiventris has physical features that are slightly different from the female bird.
Feeding Habits ...
This bird forages for food on the ground and feeds on the tree trunk
This birds forages for fish and other aquatic dwellers through surface sizing and diving for food in the water.
This bird has a specially adapted bill which helps it hunt for fish, crabs, shrimp and other aquatic animals in the water.
This bird eats insects such as butterflies, bees, wasps, locusts and ants. These invertebrates are usually hawked aerially, killed and then eaten .
Breeding, Habitat and Nesting Habits ...
The Brown-hooded Kingfisher is a monogamous bird which means that the bird finds and breeds with one partner for the rest of its life. The bird lays between 2 to 5 eggs and they are coloured white.
The bird builts its nest in a hole in the ground.
The Brown-hooded Kingfisher is mainly found in light and densely wooded forests, where there are Mopane trees.
The Brown-hooded Kingfisher is found in the Southern African wetlands, riverine forests and moist grasslands.
The bird is at home in riverine forests and close to water bodies such as lakes, dams and streams
Seen in Flocks, Singles or Pairs Normally ...
The Brown-hooded Kingfisher is mainly seen singly or in pairs in the wild.
It is also seen in flocks

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Hallo Robin
Reading in your note the way you reacted when you saw this lovely bird reminded me of doing exactly the same when I saw this bird for the first time. There is also a similarity in the poses of both yours and mine. The one I am referring to was my very first posting on the site almost two years ago. I really like the view from the back showing the lovely tailpiece to its best. The variation of blue's in the feathers is really striking and prominent. The flash light in the eye, adds extra sparkle to this lovely image. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

Kingfishers are such a delight to watch! As you said the beauty of these birds does compensate for the man made perch. TFS!

Hoping to get to KNP again during this holiday season. :-)

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-12-10 1:40]

Hello Robin,
A fine capture of a Brown-hooded Kingfisher taken from a great POV in a fine pose in excellent lighting and good overall sharpness. The colours and catch-light in the eye are superb.
The concrete wall does little to spoil the composition but maybe the image is a little too closely cropped.
Thanks and best regards,

Such a nice portrait of this Halcyon species in fine form and bright colouration Robin, the dark BG enhances the beauty of the bird greatly. I would try an exposure of an f/11 at 1/400 sec. though, which might improve the focus on beak and top of the head...

Opportunity well cashed in, Robin. Carin deserves a treat for this outstanding capture you must have made from hand-shaking distance. Never mind the concrete slab; it is a great close-up image and that's what matters.
Excellent sharpness and lovely colours on this Kingfisher.

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2009-12-10 8:14]

What a lovely Kingfisher !
Great sharp details, wonderful colors.

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  • alin-m Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 472 W: 1 N: 126] (1773)
  • [2009-12-10 10:21]

Hi Robin.
Perfect capture of this bird.
Verry good details and colours.
Best regards.Alin.

Dear Robin,
A beautiful portrait of a beautiful bird.

It is actually quite amazing, how this bird appears to listen to human voices - or was it admiring the result of your wife's labour in front of the mirror:) Seriously, I can see the small feathers on the shoulders raised, which they usually do when listening...

We have one on our washing-line nearly every morning - and the bird definitely listens to my voice - when I talk to him, as I go to the compost-heap.

Your photographic techniques are perfect, and I wonder, if you took the photo through an open window or the window pane?

It is such an enchanting portrait, and I want to see it regularly with my favorites.

I wish you a good week-end
Kind Regards

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-12-12 0:45]

Hello Robin,
Good photo of this Brown-hooded Kingfisher. I've seen this bird in Kruger NP. Beautiful colours and a very nice pose. The composition is a bit tiny and it's not in total sharpness, but good enough to show us. Excellent isolation from the dark BG.
Have a nice weekend,

Hello Robin
Lucky you are, to get the opportunity to see such great bird from your sweet home !
Very good photo giving nice details of the plumage and very nice natural colours
TFS and have a nice W-E

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2009-12-12 8:36]

Hi Robin,
Splendid catch with this bird special. Excellent colors and details.
Have a pleasant day,

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2009-12-18 5:43]

Hi Robin

Wragtig pragtid my maat. Ek hoop jy het toe vir Carin daardie beloofde aand uit

The colours of this Brown-hooded Kingfisher is superb. I am not sure if you were
still inside the house or outside when you captured this shot, but the little bird was
acutely aware of your movements. That is why you got this shot with the lovely eye
contact. The bird is well placed inside the frame which made for a great composition.

Well done and TFS.

Btw, Anna received her prize from Canon SA and I tried the Canon 100-400mm L IS
lens on Wednesday. Boy oh boy is it sharp. I have captured a shot of some red darter
or Dragonfly (handheld and with the insect 2m away from me) which I will hopefully
post just before Christmas. So keep your eyes peeled.

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