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Copyright: Sumon Sinha (Mana) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-03-26
Categories: Birds
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC-H2
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/80 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Milestones, Gems from India, Milestones [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-08-02 3:22
Viewed: 4106
Favorites: 4 [view]
Points: 92
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
On 2nd November 2006 I uploaded my first shot on TN, since then this has been an enormous journey of learning and rich experience. Intoxicating, to say the least. I have enjoyed looking at all your posts and have always wished that they were mine. How wonderful they all are and how much joy they have always given me. My modest effort stands way below all but I have always tried my best. Sometimes I have felt jealous but everytime I have learned something new. Anyway, thank you all for liking my butterflies, insects, spiders, flowers and blah blah blah and taking out so much valuable time to critique them. My humble thank you to everyone again.

This is my first bird posting. I know it is not half as good but I wanted to celebrate the occasion with something new, something I have not posted before. Hence this one......please bear with me. I have always enjoyed the incessant bird shots which pop up on TN like a flowing river. The marvellous shots from Jane Magen, Claudine Besse, Selen Edgar, Sebnem Kanat, Nicholas Glen, Everton De Melo, Angelina Deans, Necip Perver, Ivan Kruys, Rathika Ramasamy, Howard Cheek and a whole lot from others have always bowled me over and awed me. You all have set a standard which I ernestly want to follow and reach. This is my first small, anxious and apprehensive step.

I want to thank each and every member on TN (not enough space here to name everyone, ha ha ha) for encouraging me and having a kind word for my shots always. I have learnt so much from you-all and will continue to do so. You have been such wonderful friends. A humble bow.....

A special mention for Ram Thakur, Silvio Sorcini, Bob Shannon and Pablo Minto whom I respect and always look up to. Thank you sirs.

The White-throated Kingfisher, Halcyon smyrnensis also known as White-breasted Kingfisher or Smyrna Kingfisher is a tree kingfisher which is widely distributed in south Asia from Turkey east to the Philippines. This kingfisher is essentially resident over much of its range, apart from seasonal movements.

This is a large kingfisher, 28 cm in length. The adult has a bright blue back, wings and tail. Its head, shoulders, flanks and lower belly are chestnut, and the throat and breast are white.

There are four races differing mainly in plumage shades, but H.s. gularis of the Philippines has only the neck and throat white. The flight of the White-throated Kingfisher is rapid and direct, the short rounded wings whirring. 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 noisy kingfisher is a chuckling chake-ake-ake-ake-ake.

White-throated Kingfisher is a common species of a variety of habitats with some trees, and its range is expanding. It perches conspicuously on wires or other exposed perches within its territory, and is a frequent sight in south Asia. This species mainly hunts large insects, rodents, snakes, fish and frogs. It is reputed to eat tired migratory passerine birds like Chiffchaffs where the opportunity arises.

White-throated Kingfisher has a striking display in which the wings are spread to show the white patches. The nest is a 50cm tunnel in an earth bank. A single clutch of 4-7 round white eggs is typical.

Scientific classification -
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Coraciiformes
Family: Halcyonidae
Genus: Halcyon
Species: H. smyrnensis

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félicitations pour cette image, les couleurs sont splendides et nettes
bon BG, bravo

Congratulations with you 100th Sumon!!!!
And what a very beautiful one this is.
It might be your first bird upload and you asume it's not half as good, and you are totally right about that :) because it's not just half, but really atleast as good as most of the bird shots I've seen coming by overhere :):):)
Colors and details in the feathers are very beautiful due to perfect sharpness and lighting.
Composition is excellent with plenty of space on both right and left side for the bird to look in to.
Background is very nice and soft and the bird does stand out wonderfully against it.
The yellow spots in the background add to the image, but the small white one, just above the bill, is a little distracting, but does'nt take a way the beauty of the scene.
Excellent work. My compliments.
Thanks for sharing.
Warm regards,

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-08-02 3:55]

Hi Sumon,
the fact that this is only your 100th post is a testament to how far you've come already! Your images are always so perfectly presented and well thought out, a consistant high standard. Congratulations and here's to the next 100!
I agree with Harry...this is a fine shot, well composed and well executed. I look forward to more from your new path in photography.

Hi, Sumon!
I think it is good moment to open the bottle of champagne and to propose a toast for Your small jubilee! The White-throated Kingfisher looks like a authentic King indeed. Excellent photo!

THANK YOU SO MUCH for your kind words.
Your work is fantastic and there have been many times when I felt jealous of you. :)

Congratulations on #100!!!!! I hope to be around here for your next 100! :)

This is a great bird shot. Very clear and crisp. Beautiful colors! Nice pose.

Hi Sumon,

compliments for this target!!
Perfect image to celebrate this event. Very good portrait with excellent colors!!



Hi Sumon,
My hearty congratulations to you for 100th post.
gone through all your post they are just excellent and wonderful and delight me a lot.
you have great sense of photography.
your first bird shot is an excellent by all the points of view,
what can i say more!
well done.

Hello Sumon,
You can say what you like but this guy has style..!!
Well groomned plumage, latest of colour combo...
Superb composition with great background!
Pablo -

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  • CCD Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 21 W: 0 N: 25] (422)
  • [2007-08-02 4:56]

Hello Sumon, Thanks for posting some great shots. My personal preference is always for something different ! and you seem to manange this while also getting great 'photos' into the bargain.

Cheers Chris

Congratulations on your 100th post, its a milestone.
Great shot celebrate with too.
A spectacular kingfisher which I've seen in SE Asia.
Great eye contact. Good POV and sharpness.


Congratulations on #100 Sumon. This is an absolute gorgeous Kingfisher. Very well presented with fantastic sharp detail and excellent colour. Now I'll be looking forward to more birds from you too, along with the butterflies, insects, spiders, flowers and blah blah blah.

Thanks, John

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-08-02 5:27]

Outstanding colours, composition and details and most excellent notes

Congratulations dear Sumon for you 100th Post!!
All yours images are full of quality.
Thank you for sharing.
Best regards, JL.

Hi Sumon Da,
What a shot to get the century (A out of the ground sixer :)). CONGRATULATIONS. Very nice composition, colors and details. It seems the focus is right on eye. Excellent work and informative notes too. Hope a double century soon from you. Thanks a lot for sharing this moment with all of us.

Wow.. super nice n clear with good exposure and DOF.

Congrats on a milestone! And you're selling yourself short.
I always look forward seeing your images and admire your abilities to create them so wonderfully. Even more impressive is that you don't use fancy equipment, but make it unmistakably clear, that it is the photographer who is in charge - not the camera!
Your 1st Bird shot is no exception! It's a beauty! Kudos square!
Cheers, Klaus

Hi Sumon,
Congratulations...A great 100th post it is...Excellent color stands out well against a fantastic BG...Outstanding eye contact and exposure...Very well captured...


Hello Sumon,
Beautiful colours and a beautiful bird.
Well done

Hello Sumon,
Congratulations, outstanding first pic of a bird, and what a beauty!
I love its expression of I'm the king of kingfishers. Very beautiful colors and details, great POV and composition.. superb sharpness..
And I'm more than honoured to know that you appreciate my photos, it only motivates me even more to get better on this wonderful art that we here in TN came to appreciate and to love.. Thanks my friend for the kind words and very well done...


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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2007-08-02 7:52]

Hello Sumon
Congratulation for your 100th posting , and it is a very nice one .Excellent POV and sharp image.Sahrp details with lovely colors and BG.
TFS Michel

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-08-02 7:57]

Hi Sumon,

A bird from you!!! Wonderful post for your 100th. Congratulations and here's to many more. I have enjoyed each and every one. This Kingfisher is magnificent - better than most that the rest of us have posted. Marvelous colors, sharp details, great pose, fantastic eye, and beautiful setting. Let's see more of your birds.


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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2007-08-02 8:20]

Hi Sumon,

Congratiulations with the first milestone,this is a superb catch and many photographers (including me) are jealous when they see a capture like this,the POV,colors,sharpness and bokeh are all superb,well done and upto the next milestone


Congrats Sumon on your 100th post and journey into bird photography and posting them here. Nice color rich image well photographed. Thanks for your beautiful posts on TN. Looking forward to more great shots from you.

Hello Sumon
Congartulation on your 100th post,
Great focusing,composition and sharpness,
Keep it up.

Good Luck

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2007-08-02 9:57]

Hi Sumon.
For me it is fantastic bird shot.I like amazing colors and excellent details in plumage and also in his eye.Really superb.As well as all else.
Congratulations to your 100th post and thanks for sharing this your wonderful first picture with bird.
Best greetings Milos.

Hello My friend,
My sincere congratulation on the 100th post, and thank you for sharing your excellent job!
Your first posting on bird is as good as your butterfly series!
best pov with perfect sharpness, vivid colour and details
thank you again
best regards to you and family

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-08-02 11:52]

Hi Sumon.Congratulations on your 100th posting.
you must keep loading some more birds as this is a very good shot.great colour and detail.good light in the eye. a nice pose with his head turned to one side. very well done TFS. great notes too.


PS will look forward to the next 100 pictures.

Hello Sumon awsome I've tried so hard to get kingfishers none of my shots would be worth uploading this is a very well done shot Eye catchlight is beautifull beak is sharp. Even the detail in its feet skin is fine great work tfs rgds Necip.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-08-02 13:12]

Hola amigo,
felicidades por tus 100 trabajos,
bello retrato y colores originales,
excelente pov,

I am humbled by the addition of my name. As I respect your talents so much, shown quite well in this picture...your first of a bird posted. This follows in your steps and tradition of waiting until the proper moment in time for the right setting.

May your future be filled with such successful photographs. I look forward each day to a time when you will post them.

Robert Shannon Sr.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-08-02 19:33]

Hello Sumon

A beautiful offering for number 100.The focus and details are sharp.The colours are bold and well saturated.Excellent eye contact with wonderful catch light.Congratulations and looking forward to many,many more.TFS


This is an absolute beauty, great shot the detail is amazing. Congrats!

Hi Sumon, just a stunning image and excellent notes well done Cheers Rick

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-08-02 22:56]

Hello Mana,
Congratulations on your 100th! and what a great idea to celebrate this with a new venture! This one is a great start for you as a bird photographer! You've caught this beautiful Kingfisher in a very fine pose with focus on the eye, the details are sharp, colours wonderful and the background makes an excellent contrast. Really well done!
I look forwaard to your next 100!
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

Hi Sumon,
Congratulations on your 100th upload. You have produced a lot very stunning photos. Let the next 100 photos come quickly.
This is another wonderful photo where I particulary like the clarity and reflection in the eye. I can even see you. You have captured this bird marvelously with great details and colors. The DOF and pose are superb.

:) follows

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-08-03 1:25]

Hi Sumon,

Congratulations on your 100th posting which is also your 1st bird photo on TN...

It is a lovely capture of this kingfisher with a very good POV, focus, colors and composition. I liked the catchlight in the eye and the pose you captured.
Well done and TFS

And thank you for your kind words. It is always a pleasure to look at your photographs. I strongly hope to see more birds from you :o)

Best wishes,

Enhorabuena por tu fotografía número 100. La verdad es que elegiste bien la imagen. Solamente soy un admirador de tu obra ya que no tengo suficientes conocimientos fotográficos para más. Ahora a por la 200 y a seguir deleitándonos con tu trabajo. Un saludo y hasta pronto Sumon.

Hi Sumon,
Wonderful shot! The eye contact is perfect!
I wish it had been one of my uploads... I love birds but I am not able to to get such a shot...But I hope I learn a lot at TN.. Congrats! Marta

Hi Sumon, congratulations for your splendid 100th post on TN, wonderful bird in great pose, excellent details, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • Ken52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 636 W: 93 N: 1243] (4195)
  • [2007-08-03 18:10]

Congratulations on #100. I think it is an outstanding bird photo. Great intensity in eyes. Beautiful, well saturated colors. Perfect exposure.

Hi Sumon, and congratulations on #100!

This is a bright colorful fellow to help you celebrate. I have enjoyed you photos and look forward to the next 100.

Evelynn ; )

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-08-04 12:10]

Hello Sumon,
While I was away I missed your 100th posting!
Nice shot of a White-breasted KIngfisher to mark the occasion. The shot is perfect in every respect, the composition being a matter of taste.
Well done and look forward to hundreds more from you!
Best wishes, Ivan

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-08-05 1:25]

hello Sumon,
I'm a little late, like almost always, but I would like to congratulate you for your 100th picture and this excellent bird-picture. Happy you to have caught straight away a Kingfisher, in an excllent pose and vivid eye. Bravo

Hi Sumon,
Congratulations to your 100th post. Perfect picture for this occasion. Sharp focus and colors are vivid. Nice posed from this Kingfisher. Also like the way you composed this picture. Very well done.

Nice picture with great sharpness and nice colors making a fantastic contrast to each other.I like your point of view and the frame very much.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2008-12-18 16:30]

Hi Sumon,
this is an enviable shot of the kingfisher.
A very beautiful pose with lovely colours seen. I know it is not easy to hve a shot of this kind.
Congratulations and thanks for the excellent pohot to be shared, in this nature loving page.


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