Kingfisher & Delonix Regia
|Copyright: Foozi Saad (foozi)
|Date Taken: 2010-03-28|
|Camera: Canon SX10 IS|
|Exposure: f/5.7, 1/50 seconds|
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|Photo Version: Original Version|
|Date Submitted: 2010-04-23 7:54|
|[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note|
|Sorry friends, this morning i uploaded a country rooster. Unfortunately it was taken away. so Im sorry for overlooking the situation and my apologies.|
This is a white throated kingfisher resting on a branch of delonix regia tree. the sunlight was quite strong coming from the left.
The White-throated Kingfisher (Halcyon smyrnensis) also known as the White-breasted Kingfisher or Smyrna Kingfisher, 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.
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.
This species forms a superspecies with Halcyon cyanoventris and most major works recognize four geographic races. They vary clinally in size, the shades of blue on the mantle which is more greenish in smyrnensis and fusca and more blue or purplish in saturatior.
Delonix regia is a species of flowering plant from the Fabaceae family, noted for its fern-like leaves and flamboyant display of flowers. Often grown as an ornamental tree and given the name Royal Poinciana or Flamboyant, it is also known as Gulmohar, Malinche, and Tabachine, and one of several named the Flame tree. The species was previously placed in a genus Poinciana, named for Phillippe de Longvilliers de Poincy who is credited with introducing the plant to the Americas.
The tree's vivid red/vermilion/orange/yellow flowers and bright green foliage make it an exceptionally striking sight.
The Royal Poinciana is endemic to Madagascar, where it is found in the Madagascar dry deciduous forests. In the wild it is endangered, but it is widely cultivated elsewhere. In addition to its ornamental value, it is also a useful shade tree in tropical conditions, because it usually grows to a modest height but spreads widely, and its dense foliage provides full shade. In areas with a marked dry season, it sheds its leaves during the drought, but in other areas it is virtually evergreen.
Flower, leaves & pods in Kolkata, West Bengal, India.
The flowers are large, with four spreading scarlet or orange-red petals up to 8 cm long, and a fifth upright petal called the standard, which is slightly larger and spotted with yellow and white. The naturally occurring variety flavida has yellow flowers. Seed pods are dark brown and can be up to 60 cm long and 5 cm wide; the individual seeds, however, are small, weighing around 0.4 g on average. The compound leaves have a feathery appearance and are a characteristic light, bright green. They are doubly pinnate: Each leaf is 30-50 cm long and has 20 to 40 pairs of primary leaflets or pinnae on it, and each of these is further divided into 10-20 pairs of secondary leaflets or pinnules.
Ref : wikipedia
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Bonita imagen de este pajaro, que es mas grande su cabeza que su cuerpo, muy llamativa de colores.
Un saludo Antonio
Very bright and brilliant colors Foozi... really stands out from the BG... lighting great for that. I always like to watch the Kingfishers.
Preciosa toma, donde destacaría la gran naturalidad del conjunto y la poca manipulación electrónica del trabajo, siempre de agradecer.
Saludos y buen fin de semana: Josep Ignasi.
Ciao Foozi, not your best shoot, but beautiful compositiion with lovely ambientation and splendid natural colors, I like a lot, have a good week end my friend, ciao Silvio
- [2010-04-24 0:39]
Perfect morning lighting.
Now you are into birding! ;)
Ciao Foozi. Bit OOF MF but very well light and colours. Intrigant environment.
- [2010-04-24 7:31]
Though there is a little red chromatic aberration, the composition and clarity of this image showing the White-breasted Kingfisher on a Delonix regia branch make this nice to view, especially as the dark natural BG shows them up so well.
Thanks and best regards,
a beautiful picture of the White-throated Kingfisher, very beautiful lighting and bright colours, a very nice composition
- sotos (313)
- [2010-04-24 14:35]
was set to win in this Foto is the amazing composition
- [2010-04-25 22:12]
Ya Foozi Salaam,
A well informative NOTE that make one to think about this bird more, as this is shot in open sun and the background give this a 3D effect, the metering is perfect and the colours are vivid and beautiful. Nice composition and placement of the subject by balancing with a red flower.
- [2010-07-03 6:17]
A beautiful image of this kingfisher basking in the warmth of the suns rays.Its vivid colours have been shown very well against the strong contrast, nice image.
The bird is well placed in the frame. The point of view is allowing me to see the deatils and colors of the Kingfisher and of the flower. The morning light has a good effect on the colors. Have a nice day.