Brown Hooded Kingfisher
- Miss_Piggy (18714)
- [2009-12-10 0:30]
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.
- paulbright (2764)
- [2009-12-10 1:29]
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. :-)
- Argus (50626)
- [2009-12-10 1:40]
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,
- matatur (5312)
- [2009-12-10 3:24]
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...
- ramthakur (56953)
- [2009-12-10 6:35]
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.
- horias (11033)
- [2009-12-10 8:14]
What a lovely Kingfisher !
Great sharp details, wonderful colors.
- alin-m (1773)
- [2009-12-10 10:21]
Perfect capture of this bird.
Verry good details and colours.
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
- PeterZ (49139)
- [2009-12-12 0:45]
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,
- albert (2971)
- [2009-12-12 6:21]
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
- roges (6264)
- [2009-12-12 8:36]
Splendid catch with this bird special. Excellent colors and details.
Have a pleasant day,
- loot (11276)
- [2009-12-18 5:43]
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.