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The Common kingfisher

The Common kingfisher
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Copyright: Zahoor Ahmed (zahoor_salmi) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 108 W: 0 N: 618] (5538)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-01-26
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 40D, 400f5.6 L
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1000 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite bird in-flight photos 2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-09-06 2:08
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Points: 10
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This species has the typical short-tailed, dumpy-bodied large-headed and long-billed kingfisher shape. The adult male of the western European subspecies, A. a. ispida has green-blue upperparts with pale azure-blue back and rump, a rufous patch by the bill base, and a rufous ear-patch. It has a green-blue neck stripe, white neck blaze and throat, rufous underparts, and a black bill with some red at the base. The legs and feet are bright red.[5] It is about 16 cm (6.3 in) long with a wingspan of 25 cm (10 in),[5] and weighs 3446 g (1.21.7 oz).[6]

The female is identical in appearance to the male except that her lower mandible is orange-red with a black tip. The juvenile is similar to the adult, but with duller and greener upperparts and paler underparts. Its bill is black, and the legs are also initially black.[5]

Nominate A. a. atthis in ItalyThe flight of the Kingfisher is fast, direct and usually low over water. The short rounded wings whirr rapidly, and a bird flying away shows an electric-blue "flash" down its back.[6]

In North Africa, Europe and Asia north of the Himalayas this is the only small blue kingfisher. In south and southeast Asia it can be confused with six other small blue-and-rufous kingfishers, but the rufous ear patches distinguish it from all but juvenile Blue-eared Kingfisher; details of the head pattern may be necessary to differentiate the two species where both occur.[5]

The Common kingfisher has no song. The flight call is a short sharp whistle, chee, repeated two or three times. Anxious birds emit a harsh, shrit-it-it and nestlings call for food with a churring noise.[5]

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A verry nice composition and a preety,colourfull subject.Good picture.Congratulation and friendly regards.Alin.

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  • elif Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 164 W: 0 N: 101] (466)
  • [2009-09-06 5:13]

hello Zahoor Ahmed,
very nice species and wonderful photo with perfect details and colours..well capture while it was flying
Best regards.

hello Zahour

excellent in-flight photo of the Common kingfisher,
fine POV and framing, superbly focused
with great sharpness and details, TFS


Hello Zahoor,

Excellent action photograph of this most elusive of birds. The details are well recorded and the bird is perfectly placed in the frame. Well done!

Kind regards,
Bev :-)

Hi Zahoor,
Excellent action photo of the small kingfisher, this is not an easy photo to capture but you have done exceptioanly well, with great detail and sharpness.Good simple choice of framing,Great shot!

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