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Pygmy Kingfisher

Pygmy Kingfisher
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Copyright: James Parker (Jamesp) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-12-30
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 1Ds MkII, Canon EF 300mm f2.8 USM IS
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/320 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Karatash's other favorite -II- [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-05-10 7:53
Viewed: 5693
Points: 50
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I have decided to upload this shot of the African Pygmy Kingfisher today. I was extremely luck as it just sat there as we drove up, nontheless the crop is quite severe.

The African Pygmy-Kingfisher (Ispidina picta) is a small insectivorous kingfisher found in the Afrotropics, mostly in woodland habitats. Some texts refer to this species as Ceyx pictus.

The African Pygmy-Kingfisher is approximately 12-13 cm in length. A very small kingfisher with rufous underparts and a blue back extending down to the tail. The dark blue crown of the adult separates it from the African Dwarf-Kingfisher. The smaller size and violet wash on the ear coverts distinguish it from the similar Malachite Kingfisher.

The natalensis subspecies occurring in the south of the range has paler underparts and a blue spot above the white ear patch. Juveniles have less extensive violet on their ear coverts and a black rather than orange bill. Usually found singly or in pairs. Secretive and unobtrusive. The call is a high-pitched insect-like "tsip-tsip" given in flight. The African Pygmy-Kingfisher is found in woodland, savanna and coastal forest. Being insectivorous, it is not bound to water.

The African Pygmy-Kingfisher is distributed widely in Africa south of the Sahara, where it is a common resident and intra-African migrant. It is absent from much of the horn of Africa, and also the drier western regions of Southern Africa.

Taken with my 300mm 2.8 + 1.4x converter.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-05-10 8:09]

Hello James,
Despite the heavy crop this image of the Pigmy Kingfisher is pretty sharp and noiseless. The lighting and composition on the lichen-covered twig are great.
TFS this fine image from your archives,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-05-10 9:31]

Hello James,
Beautiful photo of this Pygmy Kingfisher. Great sharp focus on the head. Light and colours are splendid. Good central composition.

what pretty kingfisher! :-) excellent capture with lovely strong colors. well composed with a nice sitting pose and a wonderful
lichen-covered branch as an outlook. the sharpness is good and i really like the eye-contact. well done & best wishes, thor.

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  • Arjun Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 358 W: 7 N: 1237] (7593)
  • [2008-05-10 10:07]

hello sir,
wonderful picture of this kingfisher..lovely details in it..the perch is amazing

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-05-10 10:22]

Hola James.
Nice photo even if it was crop. Great camera and lens work. I like the colors and the fine pose just for You. The note is also interesting My friend.

Hi James, great looking bird, very well taken. Amazing background really enhances this birds colours and details. The eye contact is impressive,a thoroughly good composition. TFS regards h

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-05-10 10:31]

Hi James.
Every pictured object is amazing and all together they create a wonderful composition. Superb rich colours, great sharpness and details of the beautiful bird and very impressive twig. Air BG is amazing too. Bravo and TFS.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-05-10 10:49]

Hi James. Once again a bird i have never seen so thanks for posting. Unusaul colours with the bright red bill. Interesting ntes to go with the picture. well done TFS.

Hi James,
This is so interesting! I have never seen this specie before. Kingfishers in my country are rare and very shy and I never had the chance to photograph one. This is beautiful specie that you captured with great colors, exposure, beautiful details and catch light. Even if it is a big crop, we still can appreciate nice quality. Thanks,

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-05-10 14:10]

Excellent shot of this beautiful Kingfisher!
Superb composition.
Very sharp too.
I love the lichen on the branch.
Great DOF and BG.
Well done James!!


Hi James,
Great capture, a very colorful and interesting bird.
Even with the heavy crop, this beautiful kingfisher looks very nice.
Well done & TFS,

Hi James,

Just marking today, will be back...


Hello James,
Splendid shot of this handsome African Pygmy Kingfisher my friend. TFS. Cheers,


You've been everywhere, James:-)
..and you got a Kingfisher; on my wishlist for so long:-).
A cute specimen.
Well done

Hello James
wonderful capture. very very beautiful species as like other kingfishers. It will be one of my favourite. Amazing superb coloration. BG, focus, POV/OOF, composition of branch with lichens excellent. Greeting,
best wishes

I was on this wonderful addition early today US when my wife entered the room and asked to got out for a ride...so I obliged and lost this one until now..but to make notice and not to be late...it is a fain image of course. Coming from a master of the world..sounds like an action video game..but much different in the case of a well educated and traveled soul!

hello James

beautiful image of this Kingfisher with fine POV and DOF,
lovely colours of the bird, excellent sharpness and details, TFS


Hello James,

Good pose and nicely captured these kingfisher.

Hello James,
very good pose of the Kingfisher in good closeness!
very sharp with wonderful colour and superb details
well done

Hi James,
A nice capture of this beautiful pygmy kingfisher. Excellent composition and sharp details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Hello James,

This is a new bird for me!
I find it amusing that it is called a kingfisher when it eats insects!

The images are very sharp and detailed despite the severe cropping! He appears to have very protruding eyes!

Lovely composition with the diagonal, lichen covered branch.

Kind regards,
Bev :-)
many thanks for your warm comments on 'The emerging sun'

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-05-11 9:59]

Hello James,
This is a real jewel very well captured. You were indeed lucky to get this shot - it is fabulous! I like its pose on the branch and its colours are really striking. Great focus and sharp details too and very well composed.
Many thanks,Ulla

Hello James!
This time a bird picture :)
This is a lovely species, very colourful and beauty. I like the way you presened it: a frontal view with a little "profile" :)
Very nice work :)
By the way, I just noted in your intro (sorry, probably it was written long time ago, but I overlooked it before), that you have visited almost 140 coutries! WOW! This is very impressive :) But I really with you to see the other ones :)
Best greetings and thank you for showing - not only this picture :)

Hello James,
Despite of the strong cropping you stil get a very good picture
Well done

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-05-12 19:04]

Hello James,
What a splendid image of a species I have not seen before. Thank you for that and the great note.

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