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600th - A Milestone

600th - A Milestone
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Copyright: Pam Russell (coasties) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3749 W: 483 N: 8155] (28054)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-07-02
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon EF 100-400mm L IS USM, Digital RAW 100, Hoya UV 77mm
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Alcedo atthis, Milestones [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-07-04 3:59
Viewed: 5136
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 84
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
When the site updates next, this will be my 600th post to this fantastic website. Looking back at my first postings, I can see that I have come a long way into my journey as an amature photographer, and I have you all to thank! :-)


Kingfishers are birds of the three tismand Alcedinidae (river kingfishers), Halcyonidae (tree kingfishers), and Cerylidae (water kingfishers). There are about 90 species of kingfisher. All have large heads, long, sharp, pointed bills, short legs, and stubby tails. They are found throughout the world.

The taxonomy of the three families is complex and rather controversial. Although commonly assigned to the order Coraciiformes, from this level down confusion sets in.

The kingfishers were traditionally treated as one family, Alcedinidae with three subfamilies, but following the 1990s revolution in bird taxonomy, the three former subfamilies are now usually elevated to familial level; a move supported by chromosome and DNA-DNA hybridisation studies, but challenged on the grounds that all three groups are monophyletic with respect to the other Coraciiformes; which leads to them being grouped as the suborder Alcedines.

The tree kingfishers have been previously given the familial name Dacelonidae but Halcyonidae has priority. This group derives from a very ancient divergence from the ancestral stock.

Kingfishers live in both woodland and wetland habitats. The Laughing Kookaburra, at 45 cm the world's largest kingfisher, is a woodland bird, while the European Kingfisher Alcedo atthis is always found near fresh water.

Kingfishers that live near water hunt small fish by diving. They also eat crayfish, frogs, and insects. Wood kingfishers eat reptiles. Kingfishers of all three families beat their prey to death, either by whipping it against a tree or by dropping it on a stone.

They are able to see well both in air and under water. To do this, their eyes have evolved an egg-shaped lense able to focus in the two different environments.

The above obtained from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kingfisher


Camera: Canon 20D
Time of day: 11:31 a.m.
Date: 2nd July 2006
Weather conditions: Clear
Lens: Canon 100-400mm L IS
Filter: Hoya 77mm UV
Shutter Speed: 1/1000
F-Stop: F/5.6
Focal Length: 400mm
ISO: 100
Support: Hand Held
Original File: Digital RAW

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-07-04 4:23]

Hello Pam,
Excellent capture.POV,BG,catchlight in eyes,lighting,colors,clear details,pose of bird and composition are wonderful.Congratulations on 600th post!

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2006-07-04 4:24]

Time passes so fast! 600th photo :-) Great number.

Very nice picture for this event. Beautifull bird, very colorfull and detailed. Great composition with Christmas tree-like dried plant. Proud face and blue sky. Now only 400 left to 1000 :-)

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-07-04 4:29]

Happy 600th post, Pam!!! Hope we'll going to see hundreds more :)
A very beautiful capture, with excellent colors, lighting, POV and BG. Very well composed, too. Thanks for sharing and Bravo.

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2006-07-04 4:36]

Hi pam,

Congratulations with this milestone and with the capture of this kingfisher which is a perfect posting for an occasion like this,


Hello Pam,
this is an excellent capture. Composition is great great colours, lighting and great POV too. A good one, very well done. TFS.

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  • gelor Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 124 W: 3 N: 12] (523)
  • [2006-07-04 4:58]

Bonjour Pam,
Un bien bel oiseau bien mis en valeur. Félicitations !

Well done with your 600th post Pam
Wonderful composition.
The Kingfisher standing alone but the eye is full of the world around it.
So beautiful...

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  • radz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 598 W: 11 N: 72] (436)
  • [2006-07-04 6:17]

Congratulation Pam....I liked the pose of this kingfisher!Seems KF is proud to be your 600 post!!!!

Congratulations on 600, what an effort. The bonus is that you also spend plenty of time offereing advise for newer members, well done.

A interesting shot,almost looks like something out of a Gould's handbook from the 1800s. Well done.

Hello Pam,
Congratulations for your 600th and specially with this beautiful composition where sky, bird and fragile branches make a whole. Colors are brilliant too. It's an artistic way of presenting this kingfisher in a very natural and attractive position. Well done!

Hello Pam, excllent POV, great details, everything is really crisp, excllent colors, Great Job, TFS Kyle

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-07-04 12:07]

Hi Pam,
Congratulations for this huge number: 600 photos of high quality and unquestionable beauty. This one is a lovely bird, with a great blue sky as background, great pose and very good perch. Composition is fine too.
600*TFS, José M.

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  • hekcik Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 291 W: 15 N: 305] (1827)
  • [2006-07-04 12:10]

Hi Pam,

Excellent capture. Congratulation on 600 photo!!!
Wondrerful framing.
Good colors, BG and sharpness.
Well done!

TFS :-)

Great one to celebrate your 600th Pam,
Superb composition with great colors and details.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2006-07-04 12:18]

Bravo Pam, 600th, woooooow ! Your are a model for me and for many others certainly. A big adventure on TN with us. It is always a pleasure for me to admire your great shots. Always you offer us beauty and quality !!!

Merci chère amie de partager tant de beauté avec nous ! Et compliments pour votre talent !

Hi Pam,
congratulations - unbeleavable, so many phantastic shots, and every one is so unique and special. I love this bird, wonderful, very well done. Hope to see 600 photos more, thanks and bye bye
Sabine - wishnugaruda

It an excellent work!

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2006-07-04 14:44]

Beautiful shot, perfect composition and set off by a great background, Good details and colours. Congratulations on your 600th post - I have a long way to go

Congratulations Pam - I've enjoyed very much watching your work over the nearly two years..and seeing the great progress..
Keep 'em comin' :)

Stunning is the only word I can come up with, great job!

Beautiful BG and composition. Feathers with shining colours and these branches...

This is a fantastic capture Pam,
600 posts is a huge achievement, very, very well done on that. Keep them coming Pam, each one of your posts is a pleasure to view.
Good detail, colours and sharpness. exposure and lighting are good. Good POV and composition.

Thanks for posting, enjoy the rest of the week.

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-07-04 20:37]

Hi Pam,
wonderful 600th post, congratulations. Beautiful composition, details, sharpness and the pose of the bird are excellent.
Have a great day..Sky

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  • CTP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 644 W: 6 N: 946] (2726)
  • [2006-07-04 21:07]

Hi Pam,
Congratulations on your 600th photo.
Excellent capture of this cute Kingfisher.
Well Done.TFS

Hi Pam,
Congrats for the 600th post.
The colours of the Kingfisher are lovely, good details and nice POV.
Very well done, my friend.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-07-05 3:55]

Congratulations, Pam. 600th... WOW!
That is quite an accomplishment.
Thank you for your commitment for sharing your time and talents with us. Speaking for myself I know I have enjoyed your photos tremendously and have learned a lot from you. Thank you!
This post is just gorgeous. Beautiful composition, exquisite colors, razor-sharp details...a very fitting 600th post.
Thank you for sharing. : )

Hi Pam,
Excellent capture.
Fantastic details, sharp, colors and composition.
Very well done!
TFS Malgosia

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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2006-07-05 6:35]

Hi Pam
Nice shot. Beautiful composition. Great colours, light and POV.
well done Pam


Hello Pam,

Wondeful picture to celebrate your 600th! Kingfishers are usually very shy! So you managed very well to get this close! Pose of the bird is great and the color very natural! The sober blue bg compliments the subject. Great work and TFS,


Congrats on getting this far!
It's a lovely shot for this occasion, superb clear framing, great POV and details. Eveyrything works!

muhteşem bir kompozisyon ve bitkinin katkısı büyük...

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  • sway Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 305 W: 85 N: 319] (1276)
  • [2006-07-05 18:28]

HI Pam, a fitting photo for you 600th.
Great background, doesn't distract.
Nice sharp focus, I can see al the birds feathers.
Nice composition, bird is plced nicely off center.

Well done on 600!

Hi Pam,

Brilliant capture and congrats on your 600th post. Awesome.



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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2006-07-05 23:48]

Hi Pam

How did you get him to pose for you. Beautiful composition ,the blues are superb. Excellent detail.TFS


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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2006-07-06 5:54]

CONGRATS Pam! 600 photos on TN.
And what a super one you have posted. Awesome bird, colours and details are all so good. Great job my friend!

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2006-07-06 15:05]

Hi Pam
What a milestone, what an example, and what a goal to strife for. My beard will be grey and my eyesight will be dim by the time I one day might reach such a wonderful number of posts. Congratulations and well done.
Come to think about it, many of us will be just too happy if we can reach half that mark and especially so if it can only show some of the remarkable qualities of the greater majority of your photos. I rest my case as this striking kingfisher bears witness to my words.
An excellent composition with this interesting plant forming such an integral part of the presentation in its entirety. The colours and details are stunning, while the exposure was just perfect.
Great work and TFS.

Hi Pam

Congratulations on such a milestone being reached.
600 Photos posted.
Of course this photo is up to your usual excellent standard.
I really like this shot.
You were very lucky to get him to pose in such a way for you.
Kingfishers are usually so busy.
Really good, clear photo.



Absolutely gorgeous, this shot really stands out and it is an excellent choice for your 600th post. Well done. :)

you got a good edge here...simplicity and interest

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-08-12 9:51]

600 fotos en TN... todo un hito para cualquiera Pam.
Y has elegido una imagen perfecta, por su composición en sí misma y por la calidad de la misma.
Una gran nitidez con bellos detalles del plumaje bien resaltados, aunque la aproximación no sea exagerada.
El contraste de los tonos del ave, de la percha y el trasfondo son maravillosos.
Gracias y felicitaciones... una vez más.

600 pictures in TN... an all milestone for anyone Pam.
And you have chosen a perfect image, for their composition per se and for the quality of the same one.
A great clarity with beautiful details of the plumage well stood out, although the approach is not exaggerated.
The contrast of the tones of the bird, of the hanger and the background they are wonderful.
Thank you and congratulations... once again.


Kingfishers are not so easy to find and secondly to have him stay so you can get his image fixed is more difficult, I have tried to get a photo of a kingfisher with out success. Congratulation for this excellent clear and sharp composition with a high quality of colors; your description is already a refreshing image of your photo. An excellent photo to celebrate your 600 post; 600 posts is a huge achievement, you have shown remarkable photos of your country, far away from where I am, giving the opportunity to get acquainted with the nature of New Zealand. Your Notes are so complete that you won’t need to search for more information. Your original compositions and titles of your photos are an inspiration for those, like me, that try to improve their posting
Congratulations and well done. Keep doing so.

Hello Pam, I have to say that certainly is a stunning capture. I wonder at this rate will you be the first member to reach 1000 posts. I hope so, very well done.

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  • mlines Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 556 W: 26 N: 668] (3116)
  • [2007-08-12 14:44]

Hi Pam. A very clear and well coloured capture of the kingfisher on a flax plant. Two good nature topics in one! Good notes about this beautiful bird species. Murray.

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