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Micronesian Kingfisher

Micronesian Kingfisher
Photo Information
Copyright: Ken Ilio (flip89) Silver Note Writer [C: 8 W: 1 N: 54] (272)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-04-09
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D70, Nikkor 80-400mm VR, Tiffen 77mm Circular Polarizer
Exposure: f/5.3, 1/10 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Kingfishers [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-04-09 21:44
Viewed: 11207
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Guam Micronesian Kingfisher is already extinct in the wild due to the introduction of brown tree snakes during World War II. Historically, the species was widely found in the forests of Guam. Researchers discovered that after World War II, brown tree snakes had been accidentally introduced to the island. Guam’s birds did not have a defense strategy against the snakes, so they were easy prey. The population began to decline noticeably (along with about a dozen other bird species) in the 1970s. Currently, the Guam kingfisher population stands at nearly 60 birds in 11 North American zoos that participate in the American Zoo and Aquarium Association’s Species Survival Plan (SSP)---a cooperative conservation management program to protect species from extinction through long-term captive breeding.

The Micronesian kingfisher is a medium-sized bird with a large, strong beak. Both males and females have a chestnut head, greenish-blue body, and blue tail. The male’s breast, as seen in this photograph, is a rusty cinnamon, and the female’s is white. You've seen the female of the species previously. This pair lives in the birdhouse of Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-04-10 2:00]

Belle et intéressante photo pour ce superbe oiseau avec son gros bec. J'adore les couleurs. La profondeur de champ est bonne.
Well done !

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  • radz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 598 W: 11 N: 72] (436)
  • [2005-04-10 3:40]

Beautiful bird,would be great if tail is in pics.

A truely rare capture Ken the head seems very good but the body looks a bit soft, though considering the lighting conditions surrgested by the speed its pretty good especially if hand held. TFS Robert

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-04-10 4:34]

Excellent picture! Superb details on this tiny bird, superb colors and really well composed. POV & DOF are very good. I like the extremely blurred BG; did you use blur in PP-ing? TFS!

A lovely shot Ken. The colour is very different to the Kingfisher we have in New Zealand. I am yet to get a good shot of one. Here is a link to show you what ours look like. Sad to read that they are already extinct in the wild. Good work. TFS.

tres belle photo de ce super oiseau, j'aime beaucoup ca forme ainsi que son regard ;)
dommage que la vitesse d'obturation faible est engendré un tres leger flou.

Nice portrait, focus a bit soft, but well composed shot.
Well done.

Ken, Overall a great shot with a great pose. Good warm color-tones. Very good note also..A bit of what looks like neat image effect is apparent though. TFS!

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2005-04-10 19:49]

Beautiful, beautiful picture! You did a great job of capturing his gorgeous colors. Great details and composition. Thanks for sharing, Ken. : )

Well done Ken. Good composition, with interesting detail, color, BG, and note.
Thank you for posting it.

great photo and very useful note. TFS!

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