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Ringed Kingfisher2

Ringed Kingfisher2
Photo Information
Copyright: Peter van Zoest (PeterZ) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-08-06
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D70, AF Nikkor 70-300mm f4-5.6 G, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2007-11-02 11:25
Viewed: 3818
Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This week I’ve placed a photo of this Kingfisher from the back. But after a short time she turned around and showed her front. Only for a few seconds. Then she flew away.
This is a female.

The Ringed Kingfisher (Megaceryle torquata) is a large, conspicuous and noisy kingfisher, commonly found along the lower Rio Grande River valley in southeastern Texas in the United States through Central America to Tierra del Fuego in South America.
The breeding habitat is areas near large bodies of water, usually in heavily wooded areas where it finds a perch to hunt from. It is mostly a sedentary species, remaining in territories all year long.
It is 40-41 cm long, with deep blue or bluish-gray plumage with white markings, a shaggy crest and a broad white collar around the neck. Its most distinguishing characteristic is the entire rufous belly, which also covers the entire breast of the male. Females are more colorful than the male, having a bluish-gray breast, and a narrow white stripe separating the breast from the belly.
These birds nest in a horizontal tunnel made in a river bank or sand bank. The female lays 3 to 6 eggs. Both parents excavate the tunnel, incubate the eggs and feed the young.
It is often seen perched prominently on trees, posts, or other suitable watchpoints close to water before plunging in head first after its fish prey. They also eat small crustaceans, frogs, aquatic insects, small mammals, lizards and berries.
Their voice is a loud, penetrating rattle given on the wing and when perched.
The Megaceryle kingfishers were formerly placed in Ceryle with the Pied Kingfisher, but the latter is genetically closer to the American green kingfishers. (Wikipedia)

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-11-02 11:40]

Hi Peter. good to get a shot of the front of the kingfisher. You have captured fine detail and colours. against the blue sky. it has a great hair do. well done TFS. good notes too.

Have a good weekend

Hello Peter
This kingfisher is a new one to me and you have presented her superbly..nice sharp details and she really stands out against the blue sky bg..great informative notes
Tfs and regards

Hi Peter,
Beautiful bird I have never seen it before
Colors and sharpness are perect

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-11-02 14:14]

Hi Peter

Well observed and captured. Great detail and pose too.


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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-11-02 16:59]

Hi Peter,

Of course she just came from the beauty parlor with that hair do! Lovely shot of the lady with the sparkle in her eye. Beautiful colors and details,and a nice pose.


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  • darwin Gold Star Critiquer [C: 259 W: 0 N: 403] (1401)
  • [2007-11-02 17:12]

Hi Peter
Different view of this kingfisher
details and color are great, nice pose
and background, tfs jon

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-11-03 1:00]

Hi Peter,
Just marking this wonderful post from you for now and will come back later with a proper critique. Sorry tied up with an urgent assignment.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2007-11-03 1:59]

Hello Peter, another fine capture of this Kingfisher ! Well composed and sharp with good exposure. Well done again ! Thanks !


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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-11-03 18:28]

Hello Peter

A beautiful capture of this kingfisher.
The pose and composition are excellent.
The colours are vivid and well saturated.
Well focused with sharp details.
Excellent eye detail and catch light.


Beaux détails et belles couleurs naturelles.

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  • kjpweb Gold Star Critiquer [C: 326 W: 86 N: 1084] (4788)
  • [2007-11-04 19:49]

Good one! Good pose, colors and notes! Might be a tad over sharpened - though I could be wrong there. In any case it's a shot I'm envious of! Well done! Cheers, Klaus

Magnífica "caza" Peter de este pescador que nunca había visto. Buena luz y bonitos colores.
Un excelente documento.

Saludos desde España: J. Ignasi

Bonjour Peter,

Que dire de cette photot sinon qu'elle est superbe !!

Merci et bravo !


Hello Peter

Excellent close-up photo of the Ringed Kingfisher,
fine POV obtaining its eye-contact with the catch-light,
excellent lateral light, excellent focus,
sharpness, and details, TFS


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