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White-throated Kingfisher - II

White-throated Kingfisher - II
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Copyright: Vinay Sinha (vinaymms) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 34 W: 0 N: 118] (635)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-12-24
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 1000D, Canon EF 70-300mm f4-5.6 IS USM
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/640 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2011-11-17 10:39
Viewed: 3501
Points: 10
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Took this picture near a construction site in Noida. Technically, a bad shot as I was standing right opposite sun and this kingfisher came in a flash of second and caught the garden lizard and finished it all within a minute or so. However, still thought of posting it as I really enjoyed the moment of hunt by this beautifully bird.

About White-throated Kingfisher:
The White-throated Kingfisher (Halcyon smyrnensis) is a tree kingfisher, widely distributed in Eurasia from Bulgaria, Turkey, east through South Asia to the Philippines. This kingfisher is a resident over much of its range, although some populations may make short distance movements. It can often be found well away from water where it feeds on a wide range of prey that includes small reptiles, amphibians, crabs, small rodents and even birds. During the breeding season they call loudly in the mornings from prominent perches including the tops of buildings in urban areas or on wires.

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. Predation of small birds such as the Oriental White-eye, chick of a Red-wattled Lapwing, sparrows and munias have been reported. The young are fed mostly on invertebrates.

This is a large kingfisher, 28 cm in length. The adult has a bright blue back, wings and tail. Its head, shoulders, flanks and lower belly are chestnut, and the throat and breast are white. The large bill and legs are bright red. The flight of the White-throated Kingfisher is rapid and direct, the short rounded wings whirring. In flight, large white patches are visible on the blue and black wings. Sexes are similar, but juveniles are a duller version of the adult.


Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Coraciiformes
Family: Halcyonidae
Genus: Halcyon
Species: smyrnensis

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White-throated_Kingfisher

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Hello Vinay,you did very well to get this shot,perhaps a little more detail may be extracted from the dark areas using layers in PS.
Still an interesting capture.

wow GREAT CAPTURE, timing impeccable!

Incidentally, this is about to become White-breasted Kingfisher (Halcyon smyrnensis). Up to now White-throated and White-breasted has been viewed as synonymous. Now, however, race gularis (where the white is really only localized to the upper throat and chin) has been split as a Philippine endemic, and it will be the only one laying claim, justly because of the limited throat white, and this will become only White-breasted KF.

Hello Vinay,
Good shot in the sense of colour, the timing, blue plumage and DOF. However, the sharpness lacks a bit. Remember, this is my opinion and with my limited knowledge, I will only give you my honest opinion.
Best regards,

I can understand the situation you were in, Vinay. Even though the eye of the bird is obliterated due to the position of the sun, the impression of an action shot comes through successfully here.

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