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Black-capped Kingfisher

Black-capped Kingfisher
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Copyright: Foozi Saad (foozi) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2014-01-14
Camera: Nikon D90, Sigma DG 150-500mm 1:5-6.3 APO HSM
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/200 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2014-01-24 2:30
Viewed: 2406
Points: 40
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Black-capped Kingfisher (Halcyon pileata) is a tree kingfisher which is widely distributed in tropical Asia from India east to China, Korea and Southeast Asia. This most northerly of the Halcyonidae is resident over much of its range, but northern populations are migratory and the wintering range extends to Sri Lanka, Thailand, Borneo and Java.

This is a large kingfisher, 28 cm in length. The adult has a purple-blue back, black head and shoulders, white neck collar and throat, and rufous underparts. The large bill and legs are bright red. 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. The call of this kingfisher is a cackling ki-ki-ki-ki-ki.

This is a common species on coastal waters especially in mangroves. Although easily disturbed, it perches conspicuously on wires or other exposed perches. This species mainly hunts large insects, but coastal birds will also take fish and frogs. The flight of the Black-capped Kingfisher is rapid and direct, the short rounded wings whirring.

The nest is a tunnel in an earth bank. A single clutch of 4-5 round white eggs is typical.

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Hello Foozi,
Beautiful Kingfisher.Well captured.I like its open bill pose with in its natural habitat.Splendid colour and sharpness.Great capture.
Thanks for sharing,
Regards and have a nice time,

Hello Foozi
Wonderful timing, superb shot with great perfection.
Best wishes,

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2014-01-24 6:02]

Interesting image of this lovely KF with open mouth...looks like it just swallowed a fish. tfs.

Hello Foozi

You shot the photo at the best moment of the pose while the beak wide open
giving dynamism to the photo, the light and contrasty color tones
contributing to that effect, fine POV obtaining the eye-contact, TFS


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2014-01-24 6:57]

Hello Foozi,
Nice photo of this kingfisher in superb sharpness and details. Bright colours and an excellent timing.

Congratulations, friend Foozi. An impressive composition with superb definition, a bird of great beauty (first time I've seen) and a rich environment of leaves and branches,
Important work that has brought us all. Thank you!

from Argentina
Hernán Bortondello

Amazing bird and beautiful photo Foozi! Nice pose, very good composition, wonderful colours and very good sharpness!

Sallam Foozi
Amazing capture of this beautiful kingfisher species in such funny pose.Great POV and composition.Amazing colours and sharpness.Congrats!
Have a good WE!
Best wishes

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  • Chiza Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 133 W: 0 N: 474] (5351)
  • [2014-01-24 10:26]

Hola Foozi, hermosa foto llena de acción de un bello Kingfisher, especie que no conía; me gusta el entorno, la luz y la composición...

hallo Foozi
great shot with nice details and beautiful colours
thanks greeting lou

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2014-01-24 11:09]

Hi Foozi,a top quality capture for this very very nice kingfisher,i like the open beak,a bit dirty,and the metallic colors so great despite the difficult light.Have a nice weekend and thanks,Luciano

Ciao Foozi, great capture of lovely bird in nice pose, wonderful colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2014-01-26 4:46]

Salam Foozi,
Fantastic composition ..
Very good shot of this beauty kingfisher. Very good colors, good details and sharpness
Best wishes,

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2014-01-26 6:25]

hello Foozi,
Wow, wow, what a bird with its open bill...excellent and vivid bird-shot. Typical composition "à la Foozi", powerful and balanced. Bravo again!

Hello Foozi,

You're capturing well this bird by a good timing, a good composition and excellent tone/clarity, so it's interesting and impressive to see lovely Black-capped Kingfisher with colorful combination of black, red, blue, white and brown. You catch well the decisive moment which this which has opened its mouth and cried. And, it harnizes well with green leaves of backdrop.

Kind regards,

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2014-01-26 22:38]

Hi, dear Foozi.
I see you have a wonderful bird gallery now. It is great as well as this shot is. Subject is simply amazing. Both bird and surroundings are very nice. Details of the bird, its colouration and other features are fantastic. Bravo. Well done. My warm congratulations.

Hello Foozi,
Nice species and captured with fine details,beautiful colours.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2014-01-30 18:38]

Hello Foozi,
My oh my! what a large mouth for the size of this cute little fellow. I love the gorgeous contrasting colors in it's plumage and the fine detail you managed to capture. Great work!!

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2014-01-31 8:47]

Hi Foozi,
Really nice and interesting bird. Amazing colors and
excellent detail and focus.
Have a good weekend
Regards Jiri.

Salam Foozi.
This is super fine capture with the beaks opened. Lovely derails and plumage exposure is perfect in the frame.
All the best!

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