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My First Kingfisher on TN

My First Kingfisher on TN
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Copyright: NICHOLAS GLEN (nglen) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-09-23
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 40D, Sigma 50-500mm f4/6.3 DG EX Apo HSM
Exposure: f/16, 1/40 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-09-24 8:59
Viewed: 2834
Points: 80
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Yesterday was the first time in a few weeks i have been able to go down to the river for a walk. Still not feeling 100% i did not go to far but just sat on a seat . I have seen a branch in the river before and people have said the Kingfisher use it to fish from. Well this is my first picture of a Kingfisher I know its far from perfect but i would like to share it with all the same. I shall now go back to the same spot on a brighter day and try again. This was taken from the side of the river about 25mt away. so i have had to crop it. Next time i will go to the other side which is nearer to the branch.

Kingfisher ( Alcedo atthis ) Length 16 - 17cm
A dazzlingly attractive bird but colours often appear muted when seen sitting in the shade. Has orange - red underparts and mainly blue upperparts. Electric blue back seen to best effect when bird is seen flying low over water. Often seen in overhead branches watching river for small fish. When opportunity arises it will plunge headlong into water, catching prey in bill which is swallowed whole head first and sometimes stunned by beating head of fish on a branch.
Nests in holes excavated in river bank. Widespread and fairly common on fish rich rivers , lake and flooded gravel pits , can be seen in much of Ireland and Britain, becoming scarce in the north of Scotland. In winter can be seen on sheltered rocky coast in cold weather.

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Hello Nicholas,

Superb photo.
Wonderful colours and composition.
Definition and lighting are excellent.
Good notes.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-09-24 9:08]

Hello Nicholas,
Very good photo of this Kingfisher. Perfect soft light and sharp details. Great contrast . Very good composition and POV.

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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2008-09-24 9:15]

Hello Nicholas,
Pretty bird and good exposition, maybe BG isn't enough blurred and it distract attention a little.
Regards, Pawel

Hello Nick
I am pleased to hear your feeling better but unfortunately still not 100%
This capture is as you say a little distant from perfect but its one I would love to have taken..(I love that river that where you took this shot)
You seem to be posting a few shots with the 50-500 now...Have you purchased one?
I never use apertures as high as F16...F8 is about perfect to achieve the best sharpness in the lense and still get a good shutter speed.
All the best Paul

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2008-09-24 9:54]

Hi Nicholas,

A nice capture of this kingfisher,although you were far of the results are acceptable and I believe when you have find his fishing spot you can return always to approach a bit closer,as you say from the other side and maybe out from a portable hide,well done and I hope to see more of this colorfull bird


  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2008-09-24 10:05]

hi nicholas,
the common kingfisher is very beautiful but not your image, which is very far from perfect. why f16, generally people use small aperture on long lens to get those background out of focus to separate the birds from it. f5.6 or f8 if sufficient to get the bird sharp and in depth. you are going to visit the place again for kingfisher, try different apertures to see yourself. tfs.

Hi Nicholas,
Great one for your first kingfisher.
Very good details. Well done.
Cheers from the south of France.

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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2008-09-24 11:13]

Hello Nicholas,

The bird looks a littel bit sad but the photo looks great. I like the sharp image of the bird on the blurry background. Colors are fine and naturaly looking and the glance of light in bird's eye bring even more life to the photo.

Thank you for sharing,

Hello Nicholas,
You are better and that's already very good:-)
There are some technical issues, I guess. You already worked your strategy, I see:-)
Next time the Kingfisher is yours.
Still on my wish list the Kingfisher:-(
Good evening and TFS

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-09-24 11:26]

Hi Nick,

It's always exciting to get one's first of a species. I would be thrilled to see a Kingfisher. You captured him in a perfect pose with lovely colors and good details. I love the way he is separated from the colorful background.


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  • volkan Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 497 W: 10 N: 4] (2425)
  • [2008-09-24 11:30]

Hi Nick,
Congrats on your first kingfisher on TN..
Looks like you had trouble with reverse light..
Nice capture though..

Hi Nick,
A great shot of this beautiful kingfisher with very impressive clarity. Excellent POV and composition-as usual thing:)-. Thanks for sharing this fine image my friend.


Ah... the Kingfisher... so beautiful and so much fun to watch. You captured it perfectly in all his glory. Well done and TFS Nicholas... :)


Hello Nick,
great shot on this beautiful Kingfisher with a great pose of it, very cute little fellow!
total sharpness, wonderful colour and superb details in the shot
well done and TFS

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  • cako Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 485 W: 0 N: 772] (3395)
  • [2008-09-24 12:29]

Hi Nicholas,
Great one for your first kingfisher.
Very good colors and details.
Well done.

Hi Nicholas,

great shot of this Kingfisher.
Nice pov and dof, good of details.
You captured him very well.


A cute little thing within its natural surroundings Nicholas, looks as if sleeping in its richly coloured plumage. A fine capture indeed my friend.

Hi Nick,
They are very shy here and difficult to photograph... You did well in good POV and composition. I'm amazed by their colors; they are beautiful creatures. Greetings,

Hi Nicholas!
Congratulation because of this shot, espcially thet this is your first picture of kingfisher in TN gallery :)
Good sharpness and DOF.
TFS and best regards,

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  • Ken52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 636 W: 93 N: 1243] (4195)
  • [2008-09-24 14:54]

Very colorful little bird with great detail. Very nice!

Isn't it NOT funny but in a way...they call these the "Golden Years", but I cannot say that..and if I did I would use it without capitalizing the Golden..rather golden..I am lucky to have traveled so much...so very very much in my younger years..and live out many dreams I had...so I can relate to ANY illness or infirmity in folks over 55...

This is a fine image...and worth of praise tonight die to your situation and considering how gentle nature has been with you..and you back with it... A fine capture and very much appreciated with all of teh notations which accompany! My hats tipped to you sir!

hello Nicholas

congratulation for your first Kingfisher,
they are not easy to take in photo
(i have done from very far)

fine POV and appropraitre vertical framing,
beautiful luminosity, wonderful colours
and excellent sharpness and details of the plumage,



A very pretty little kingfisher and a lovely POV. Lovely colours to. These little creatures are hard to get a good capture of, so well done.


Hi Nicholas,

Glad to here you feeling better mate, what a stunner this little Kingfisher is just sitting on its perch. Those colours are amazing, super detail, really stands out well against that natural background, awesome shot :)

Cheers Rick :)

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-09-25 0:33]

Hello Nick,
Okay, not perfect but very beautiful. Splendid colours and sharpness. Very nice composition and POV.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-09-25 1:04]

Hello Nick,
Congratulations and lucky you!! This is a brilliant first time capture of this little jewel! They are around here too but I've only seen them flashing by! Good focus on the eye and fine details and colours. I like the natural background too.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9100] (31094)
  • [2008-09-25 2:43]


Probably one of most colorfull and beautifull European birds. You captured it in typical pose during hunt. Great trophy.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6520 W: 89 N: 15623] (65351)
  • [2008-09-25 4:02]

Hi Nico,your first is a great spectacle! As your last pic,the colors of the background are wonderfulls,top quality of the details of the kingfisher,the excellent light make a difference! My best compliments and thanks to show us this another beauty,have a nice day,Luciano

Hello Nick.
Extraordinary picture of this wonderful bird.
Magnificent framing and perspective.
The composition is clear and very beautiful.
Congratulations and thanks for sharing this preciousness!
Josť Roberto

Ciao Nick, splendid bird with fantastic colors, excellent sharpness and fine details, lovely composition, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1001 W: 4 N: 3276] (14759)
  • [2008-09-25 6:43]

Hello Nicholas, Well done and superb shot. Great work. Your composition and frame is beautiful. Ganesh

Hi Nick,
Congratulations for your first Kingfisher! I don't yet have any shots. It takes patience and preparation to succeed. It is very good actually though there are some signs of heavy cropping. Good pose and composition, bright colours and nice sharp details.

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  • mariki Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 838 W: 60 N: 2307] (9477)
  • [2008-09-25 10:11]

Hello Nicholas,

I like very much the composition. Congratulations for your first Kingfisher. Good focus and sharpness. Wonderful colours.

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2008-09-25 11:01]

hello Nicholas,
congratulations for this first shot
everytime it gives nice poses to us
i like composition, POV, colours and details

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-09-25 11:04]

Congratulations Nick!
OK its not perfect but it is very good shot of a Kingfisher, something that I haven't got near to achieving yet.
The kingfisher itself is sharp and stands out against the busy BG. Taken from a great POV too.
Thanks for sharing this beauty and I hope you recover fully soon,

Hello Nicholas
congratulations on your first kingfisher. You captured it with a great shot. I also like this colorful fisherman very much. It sometimes great poses, but sometimes escape quickly. nice to read good informative notes. TFS, best wishes friend

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-09-25 14:21]

This is fantastic, Nick!!!
You got a Kingfisher!! I'm so jealous! :-))
Man, the New Forest is one hell of a place for photographing birds... I'm gonna move there as soon as I'm free from my parents :-)
Very fine colours.
Excellent DOF.
Great sharpness for such a big crop.

Very impressive work!


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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-09-25 19:14]

Hi Nick,
This kingfisher is much more colorful than our belted kingfisher.
Your image is sharp and very well composed.
Thank you for sharing.

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-09-26 3:33]

Hi Nick,
i am glad to hear you have managed to get out now. Jai told me how ill you'd actually been, not just man flu! It would be great to have you along to Richmond, but i totally understand if you can't make it. Ya lazy beggar ;o)
Anyway, i'm a bit jealous that you have managed to get one of my goals here - a Kingfisher, no less, at last! I know where you took this, i think, and you did an awesome job. Great colours, nicely composed a good job on the cropping. Curious as to why you used f/16 though...
All the best,

Hy Nick
Your first capture of this bird is simply perfect in my eyes. Congratulation!

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-10-04 14:06]

Very nice bird Nicholas! Congrats my friend, well composed, great technique and superb colors!


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