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Collared Kingfisher


Collared Kingfisher
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Copyright: Ang Hwee Yong (Meerkat) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 20 W: 0 N: 896] (5258)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-07-22
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D70, Tamron SP AF200-500mm f5-6.3 Di LD
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/320 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-08-09 7:45
Viewed: 3019
Points: 5
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Collared Kingfisher
Halcyon chloris

Main features:
Medium (24cm); turquoise head and upperparts; broad white collar bordered by narrow black line; underparts white;
back varies from greenish-blue to turquoise; feet black; bill- maxilla black, mandible dirty white.

Adult: As above. In a mated pair, the male tends to be slightly more blue, while the female tends to be more green.

Juvenile: Duller; broader black collar margin; fine black scalloping across the breast.

Call: Described as variable laughing calls from a soft quiet chuckle to harsh loud maniacal kek-kek, kek-kek. At rest, has a gentle chup-kree.

In flight: Uniform turquoise upperparts.


Similar birds:
White-throated Kingfisher (Halcyon smyrnensis) has red bill and feet.
Black-capped Kingfisher (Halcyon pileata) has red bill and feet.

Status in Singapore: The most common Kingfisher in Singapore, resident throughout the island and North and South offshore islands.

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hi,

i like your lightning here!your BG!and your POV!
caroline

wow it's so bright, really like the contrast between blur light green background with the bird, the pose also excellent, any saturation adjustment?, excellent shot

Your framing works well here - I like how the perch runs along the bottom of the frame and the off-centre placement of the bird.
The shot is quite over-exposed though, and you've lost some detail in the highlights. Reducing the exposure by a stop or so would have improved it a lot.

Cheers,
Ben

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