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White-throated Kingfisher

White-throated Kingfisher
Photo Information
Copyright: Ram Thakur (ramthakur) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4316 W: 231 N: 14052] (56953)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-01-12
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D200, Sigma 70-300 4-5.6 APO DG MACRO, 58mm UV
Exposure: f/8, 1/400 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-07-03 8:36
Viewed: 6474
Points: 26
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The White-throated Kingfisher, Halcyon smyrnensis, also known as the White-breasted Kingfisher or Smyrna Kingfisher, is a tree kingfisher which is widely distributed in Eurasia from Bulgaria, Turkey, into south Asia and east to the Philippines. This kingfisher is essentially resident over much of its range, apart from seasonal movements.

The first English name was suggested since the geographical name is too restrictive for this widespread bird, while its easternmost race lacks a white breast.
It perches conspicuously on wires or other exposed perches within its territory, and is a frequent sight in south Asia. This species mainly hunts large crustaceans, insects, earthworms, rodents, snakes, fish and frogs. The young are fed mostly on invertebrates. It is reputed to eat tired migratory passerine birds like Chiffchaffs where the opportunity arises.

Source: Wikipedia

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-07-03 8:48]

A very nice capture of this attractive Kingfisher, the White-breasted, Ram.
The POV shows pretty well all the features that you took with fine sharpness and colours to include the desireable catchlight in the eye.
Another treasure from your archives and thanks for sharing it,
All the best,

Hi Ram,

Excellent capture. Very well-managed the fund complex clear light. Good diagonal composition drawing of the soft branch.
Good color saturation level, pleasant.

Good weekend, thanks for sharing!


hello sir,
looks like these days you are trying to be a birder. you have managed quite well with the sigma here, well composed shot and beautiful colours,
tfs & regards

BTW Have u received the post?

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2009-07-03 9:56]

Hi Ram
Excellent capture of the kingfisher.Good POV and excellent pose.Beautiful colors and great ctach light in the eye.
TFS Michel

Hello Ram,
A wonderful capture of this Kingfisher. I only saw a kingfisher a few times in distance. This one is beautiful.

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2009-07-03 10:25]

Hola Ram.
You sure did a great work in this lovely photo My friend. Beautiful.

We post shots on similar subjects, Ram Sir!
What a coincidence!
I love the way you've outsmarted the harsh sun!

Hi Mr. Ram,
A nice capture of this beautiful white throated kingfisher. Excellent composition with good details. Thanks a lot for sharing.


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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-07-04 1:53]

Hi Ram,
such a beautiful capture of the WTKf. Great colours and very nice pose with lovely diagonal branch giving a good graphic style.
Lighting is great and it makes the photo very attractive.


Hello ram,

A beautiful capture of this colorful Kingfisher with nice details & sharpness. Well done & TFS.



Hi Ram Sir,

Solid capture of this kingfisher. Nice bright colours. Nice focus and good PoV. Great composition.

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  • valy67 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
  • [2009-07-09 15:33]

Hello Ram !
This is such an excellent picture of this colorful bird ! You have cpatured many details on the plumage, and the colors are vivid, and the composition is truly wonderful, with the branch making a nice diagonal. Great pose of the bird, too. Very well done !

Hello Ram,

This is one of the most beautiful birds nature ever created!
I like the point of view as we look slightly up at the bird, and he turns the head nicely to give his best side hehehe...
The colours are well reproduced, good details in the plumage!

Pablo -

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