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Copyright: NICHOLAS GLEN (nglen) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-09-25
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 40D, Sigma 50-500mm f4/6.3 DG EX Apo HSM
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/160 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-10-03 9:32
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Favorites: 3 [view]
Points: 48
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is the last Kinfisher for now . Its the same place and branch as before just a darker BG. Once taken with the sigma 50-500 lens.

Kingfisher ( Alcedo atthis ) Length 16 - 17cm
A dazzlingly attractive bird but colours often appear muted when seen sitting in the shade. Has orange - red underparts and mainly blue upperparts. Electric blue back seen to best effect when bird is seen flying low over water. Often seen in overhead branches watching river for small fish. When opportunity arises it will plunge headlong into water, catching prey in bill which is swallowed whole head first and sometimes stunned by beating head of fish on a branch.
Nests in holes excavated in river bank. Widespread and fairly common on fish rich rivers , lake and flooded gravel pits , can be seen in much of Ireland and Britain, becoming scarce in the north of Scotland. In winter can be seen on sheltered rocky coast in cold weather.

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Hi Nick, this one is also perfect like previous ones. TFS this fine image my friend!


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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-10-03 9:47]

Hello Nicholas!
That's a fantastic image my friend! Well composed, great background and a very good exposure and lots of fine details, well done, thanks!
Best regards Siggi

Hi Nick,
looks like you had hard time taking this
under bad light conditions,but you've managed
perfectly to overcome it..
Great shot my friend..

She's a beauty Nick. Just lovely...perched so nice and proud in all of her splendorous colours. That must haev been a real nice sight for you...I can tell by how careful you were that you wanted this one to be top drawer.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-10-03 9:58]

Hi Nick,

Just as beautiful as the others. The dark background works well. Wish I would see something besides quails, doves, finches and sparrows.


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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2008-10-03 10:05]

Hello Nicholas,

This is an other excelent photo with the Kingfisher. The image has a high quality due to the extreme sharpness and excelent color rendering.

Thank you for sharing,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5099 W: 166 N: 13042] (48618)
  • [2008-10-03 10:05]

Hello Nick,
Evenso an excellent photo of this Kingfisher. Nothing to critique about. Just very beautiful with this dark BG.

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2008-10-03 11:05]

Hi Nicholas,

Another fine capture of this kingfisher,well presented against a nice BG,have a nice weekend and tfs


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3423 W: 173 N: 3309] (10940)
  • [2008-10-03 11:18]

Hello Nick,
Another superb capture of the Kingfisher in a classic pose and against a fine smooth background. I love them all!
TFS and have a nice weekend, Ulla

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5042 W: 260 N: 15594] (50624)
  • [2008-10-03 11:27]

Hello Nick,
Yet another kingfisher winner superbly caught to look like a painting. One can only praise such a shot and wish that one could do the same!
TFS and have a good weekend,

Hello Nick,
Very fine detail right at the full extent of the big zoom lens. Very impressive bit of hardware that! Excellent composition and BG. Really nice, thanks.

Hello Nick
This is a stunning capture of this lovely Kingfisher.
I guess that you were at the full 500mm and craving a little more length!
The sigma is a fine lense and you have adapted to it so well very quickly.
All the Best To You Nick

Hi Nicou, a other great capture of this splendid bird with fantastic colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, beautiful blurry BG, very well done, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

Hi Nicholas,
Perfect perch, pose and background.
Good simple compo.
As you mentioned in your note, this is a very attractive bird.
Last one? Maybe one in flight?;-)
Well done

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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2008-10-03 13:10]

Hello Nicholas,
This year I haven't seen at all this species only on TN. Yours are very good and this is superb photo. Excellent light on bird and clear BG.
Regards, Pawel

You've caught a good series with that sparkling Kingfisher Nicholas, this low POV shows off the cute bird perfectly against the pleasantly OOF brownish BG. TFS and cheers,

Hi Nicholas
wonderful capture for colorful kingfisher. It is beautiful as much as previous ones. Thanks for sharing. have a nice weekend

Another great shot of this gem of a bird. Very beautiful, well composed, detailed, lighting is great... love this bird and your photos of it... :) TFS


Hello Nick

This is such a beautiful and exotic looking bird.
Wonderful clarity with sharp detail and focus.
The lighting and colours are well done.
Nicely composed .


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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1001 W: 4 N: 3276] (14759)
  • [2008-10-04 18:53]

Hello Nicholas, Excellent one and a superb shot. Great work and lovely details. Ganesh

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  • Abyta Silver Star Critiquer [C: 20 W: 0 N: 34] (130)
  • [2008-10-05 4:50]

Hello, Nicholas!
Wonderful capture for colorful bird! Great background and a lots of fine details.

Best regards,

Hola Nicholas.
Geniales colores muy bien saturados.
Fantástico bg y gran DoF.
Saludos, JL.

Visita mi Blog.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-10-05 13:56]

Another superb photo of a Kingfisher!
The colour of its plumage are stunning.
Very sharp with great clarity.
Excellent DOF.

Very well done,

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-10-11 10:56]

Hi Nick,
What a nice pose :o) Colors, POV and composition look so nice. TFS
Have a nice weekend,

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