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Female Common Kingfisher

Female Common Kingfisher
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Copyright: Caroline Mousel (pirate--s) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 137 W: 4 N: 135] (880)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-10-12
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 400D, Canon 60mm EF-S f/2.8 Macro USM
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/40 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-10-12 5:02
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From Wikipedia:
The Common Kingfisher or the European Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis), has a very wide distribution over Eurasia and Africa. This striking blue bird lives primarily besides water bodies.
Adult is bright metallic blue in the upper parts, cobalt on the back, and showing greenish reflections on the head and wings. The ear coverts and under parts are warm chestnut, the chin and sides of neck white.The bill of the female is blackish and reddish orange at the base; the bill of the male is all black; the legs are bright red with a dark blue stripe. In the young the bill is black.

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To eqshannon: how so closepirate--s 1 10-13 00:43
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Hi pirate's ...
great capture with exposure spot on, great sharpness, nice bg and above all perfect eye with visible iris and nice catchlight!
You must have been very very close!!!

hello caroline,
lovely prtrait of the coomon kingfisher, nice pov, well composed shot, sharp image with good details of the plumage,
well done,
tfs & regards

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-10-12 6:01]

This is a really special shot Caroline!!
How close were you?
+++ Very sharp and detailed. Amazing colours helped on by the perfect lighting and exposure. Great DOF that isolates the Kingfisher from its BG. Brilliant POV.
--- Nothing what-so-ever :)
Very, very well done,

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  • lise Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 169 W: 48 N: 548] (2877)
  • [2007-10-12 6:50]

Hi Caroline,
This is a wonderful picture! Amazing sharpness and details, beautiful colors.
Very well done and TFS

very sharp detail you get here,nice shot.i just wonder how can you get these shot with your setup stated (canon 60mm macro)??these bird are so small,i had try him with my 400mm plus 2x and only can get a full frame shot once.

i really solut...good job.

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  • jesst Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 368 W: 0 N: 172] (2441)
  • [2007-10-12 7:34]

Framed well, composition is perefect, detail is wonderful. Very good portrait

bonjour caroline
comment est ce possible avec seulement 60mm???????
moi j'etais a 8 metres avec un 300mm et il a fallut que je recadre beaucoup pour obtenir la photo que j'ai publiée dernierement.
enfin quelque soit la maniere le resultat est superbe.

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  • dejo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 344 W: 51 N: 520] (2242)
  • [2007-10-12 8:28]

beatiful portrait, great sharpness & colors
Regards, Dejan

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-10-12 8:47]

Hi Caroline,
nice to see another post from you again, and what a beauty! Excellent detail and super sharp focus with very good exposure. Love the colour in his feather, and the close crop works very well. A lovely portrait of a beautiful bird.
tfs and have a good weekend,

Bonjour Caroline, j'ai vu ta magnifique photo ce matin et je n'ai pas encore eu le temps de lui déposer une note positive,
que faire d'autre en voyant cette magnifique image, la netteté est exceptionnelle avec des superbes détails dans le plumage et même une lueur dans l'oeil, un tout grand bravo pour cette jolie composition
vraiment magnifique,

Bonjour Caroline,
Splendid capture!
I'm amazed by the way you were able to fill the frame with a macro lens.
The bird really must have been confortable with your close presence.
I like so much the clear and sharp details got on the plumage, beak and eye.
Felicitacions et merci du partager.
Mes amities,

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2007-10-12 11:31]

Hi Caroline,

What a wonderful shot of the Kingfisher, superbly composed with a great POV and pose, excellent exposure and details, lovely colours set agianst the OFF BG.

Regards Hilary

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2007-10-12 11:51]

Hello Caroline,
Fantastic sharp focus on the head of the Kingfisher. Good POV. Beautiful BG and composition. Great natural colours.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-10-12 12:16]

Hi Caroloine. Please just tell me how did you get so close with just a 60mm lens ?? anyway its just fantastic. the detail is very good indeed. sharp focusing with rich colours. and a nice pose with light in the eye.
well done TFS.
Have a good weekend.

Excelente retrato Caroline !! Magnífico "peinado" y bien capturado el ojo. Toda la cabeza te ha quedado perfecta y además se ven unos colores muy naturales. Muy buena luz y control de los reflejos.

Un abrazo: J. Ignasi

I sure would like to know how you got so close with that 6mm without scaring it...Remote trigger perhaps. Great details and about as close as anyone could get!

Were you holding the bird? (lol)


Hello Caroline,
This is a strong portrait with superb details!
The expression is well captured, to me this fellow looks like a strict, no nonsense bird...
Great light and fine colours, excellent details in the plumage!
Pablo -

:-) OK-

salut caro,
schéin !
a beautiful and clear macro shot.
very interesting to show a kingfisher that close !
great lighting, perfect exposure and bright natural colours.
fantastic details against a lovely BG.
great and neat work ! tip top :)
merci - carole

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-10-13 3:03]

Hi Caroline.
I congratulate you on so beautiful and skillfully done picture. Amazing portrait work with perfect pose of the bird, POV and framing. I also like wonderful rich colours and razor sharpness of the bird image. BG is superb as well as your charming model. Bravo and TFS.

Very impressive close-up portrait of the female Kingfisher, Caroline.
The eye in particular is in sharp focus.
The colours are very natural.
Well done and TFS.

Hi Caroline,
WOW!! What a fantastic portrait. Beautiful colors and excellent exposure and detail. Very well captured.


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-10-13 7:53]

Hello Caroline,
Superb close portrait of a juvenile Common Kingfisher. You must have been very close with 60 mm! Maybe this one was captured and someone was holding it for you. Whatever, the sharpness, lighting composition and BG are all first class!
Well done and TFS!

Hi Caroline, splendid portrait of lovely bird, I never see before, thanks, with splendid colors, great details and excellent sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-10-13 19:30]

Hello Caroline

Wow superb clarity with excellent plumage detail and focus.The colours are vivid and well saturated.Excellent POV and DOF.The OOF BG has a lovely bokeh.TFS


Bonjour Caroline,
Quelle chance incroyable tu as eu de pouvoir faire une telle photo alors que tout le monde essaye pendant des heures à l'affut, excellentes couleurs et détails dans le plumage très bien cadrée aussi

Wow - that is so cute! And detailed! Simply wonderful! Cheers, Klaus

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-10-14 9:36]

How close were you Caroline to take this on a macro lens! Wonderful DOF, sharp details and amazing close porttrait



Hello Caroline
C'est un image parfaite, belle attitude, couleurs, netteté BRAVO
Salutations et merci...JP

salut caro
quelle merveilleuse macro, de superbes couleurs,netteté parfaites, bon bg
bravo mon amie et merci a toi

Bonjour Caroline,

Le plus joli des oiseaux européen, et avec une netteté parfaite!

Hello Caroline!
Fantastic portrait of a little less colourful than male - female of kigfisher. This close-up is not only good from technical POV (very good details, sharpness, colours) but also can be characterized by... eye contact ;)
Bravo and TFS!
Best withes,

Hi Caroline
Wonderful shot
Details are stunning against
this background. nice pose and
color allround. tfs jon

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  • mlines Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 556 W: 26 N: 668] (3116)
  • [2007-11-05 18:31]

Hi Caroline. A beautiful close up of this common kingfisher. The clarity is superb, easy to admire but not so easy to capture as you have. Colours most lifelike. TFS. Murray.

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  • Debz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 505 W: 0 N: 847] (3307)
  • [2007-11-10 9:43]

Hi Caroline, this is a wonderful close up of the Kingfisher. Such fine detail and shaprness, the profile is perfect. Great light and colours, very well focused, great exposure and perfect dof.
:) later

bonjour Caroline
bien joli portrait de profile
parfaitement réalisé

Ohhh!!! what a shot man, love this very much.Thanks for share.


Hallo Caroline
What a stunner you have here! My first posting was of a kingfisher and now I tend to look for all the others types of kingfishers on the gallery. Going through the web pages on Trek Nature is a new adventure every time, and I can understand why it is so difficult to get away from the PC. There are just so many talented photographers on the site and they all have such spectacular portfolios. Your photo of "Female common kingfisher" popped up on my screen and it is definitely worth more than just one smiley. I just love the different colours of the plumage and adore the funky hairstyle ( I mean feather style).This is an absolute marvelous close-up with clear details. The glint in its eye is a special feature that rounds off this magic photo. Thanks for sharing.
Kind regards

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