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Kingfisher No2

Kingfisher No2
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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: 2008-09-26
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 40D, Sigma 50-500mm f4/6.3 DG EX Apo HSM
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/500 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Pentaxfriend's favorites 2, Silpa's "Unforgettable" Favourites !!! [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-09-26 6:21
Viewed: 4336
Favorites: 5 [view]
Points: 66
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is my second posting of the Kingfisher . You dont often see them fishing from the ground , but this one caught a small fish just after this shot.

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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What a very stunning and gloriously bright gem of the Kingfisher. Well captured, composed, and presented and a favorite bird of mine... love to watch them fish. :) TFS Nicholas.


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-09-26 6:33]

Hello Nick,
This is great!
Not only because you captured a kingfisher with high technical quality to the image, the lightingand sharpness being superb, but also because you caught it from a great POV showing the resplendant back.
Futhermore as you say, we don't often see them perched on the ground and you took this opportunity from a great POV.
Well done Nick: this is a favourite!
TFS and have a good weekend: I hope you are feeling better now - I would if I took shot like this!

Hi Nicholas!

It's cute, isn't it? And so well put on stage: the colours are superb, the details perfectly well represented. I have never seen one live, so it's a pleasure to look at it here on TN.

Wish you a nice week-end!

Kind regards


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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-09-26 6:43]

Hi Nick,
This one is very nice :o) I like the pose you captured, low POV, details,light, background, composition and colors on the plumage a lot. TFS
Have a nice weekend,

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-09-26 6:47]

Hello Nic,
Wow, you did manage to get another really splendid capture of this jewel showing its marvellous plumage and colours!! Well done!!Lovely view of it here on the brink of the river and details are most impressive. Did you use a hide this time?
Thanks a lot, definitely a favourite! Cheers, Ulla

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-09-26 7:37]

Hello Nicholas,
Wonderful shot of this beautiful Kingfisher with fantastic colours, sharpness and details on its plumage. Superb lighting and exposure and you have captured a fine pose with precise DOF and a fine POV. The BG looks great. Very nicely composed.
Regards Siggi

Hi Nick,
Wonderful capture and great light..
Nice pose of the kingfisher here full of details..
Have a great weekend..

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2008-09-26 8:01]

hi nick,
this is great and much better than your last one. good composition, details and beautiful light. depth is just right as background is simple. next time try may be f8 also. it looks this cute common kingfisher will soon be your freind and allow you approach very near. tfs.

Hi Nick,

Good detail of the plumage of areas that are not normally seen, sharp with a good POV and nice highlight. Interesting that it could make a catch from this low level.


  • Vinster Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 91 W: 5 N: 185] (789)
  • [2008-09-26 9:04]

Hi Nick
Well done on getting a shot of this stunning bird in good light - it really shows off just how iridescent the feathers are. Lovely focus. TFS

Hello Nicholas,
second post of kingfisher wonderful. It looks very beautiful on beach. You captured it with a great POV, sharp details and good lighting. Nicely composed. Thanks for sharing, best wishes

There is a pre-technicolor appearance to this one...or perhaps I do mean Technicolor...not sure..but it looks like the colours from a 1950's movie...interesting...in video there is a format call Cine' which I have yet to try but I expect it hay do this same thing...and here it certainly adds to the attractiveness of the bird...

Hello Nick
This is just superb..You have made the most of the light today without a doubt.
The low pov combined with a great foreground and background make this a scene rather than just a Kingfisher picture.
Just Brilliant.
All the Best

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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2008-09-26 10:30]

Hello Nicholas,
What a colours! Excellent composition against brown blur BG.
Regards, Pawel

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-09-26 10:39]

Hi Nick,

This is even better than yesterday's. In fact it's magnificent. Usually pictures of Kingfishers show them in trees. I have never seen one with such wonderful details and brilliant colors - he sparkles. A beautiful setting and composition.


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  • Amadeo Gold Star Critiquer [C: 168 W: 0 N: 755] (3323)
  • [2008-09-26 11:40]

Hola Nicholas, muy bonita fotografia, con una agradable composición, buen enfoque y una luz adecuada. Un saludo

Wowww... Nick this shoot is better than that of yesterday one. Wonderful composition, details and warm colours. Also nice reflections on water surface that complete the configuration.
Many thanks for sharing this fine image my friend!
Have a nice weekend!


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-09-26 12:00]

Hello Nick,
What a wonderful photo in splendid saturated colours in beautiful sunlight. The sharpness and details are more than excellent. The low POV and pose are outstanding. High quality!
Have a great weekend,

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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2008-09-26 12:46]

Hallo Nicholas,

What asharp image of this wonderfull bird! The strong light brings out the beauty of the plumage making the bird looking like a jewel. ou have chosen a good POV showing well the plumage of the bird. Taking the photo from soil level was a great idea.

Thank you for sharing,

Hi Nick,
Another very good capture of Kingfisher. Nice pose and composition, sharp details, bright colours. BG is a bit wild and you could use either selective noise reduction or blur tool.

That's it, Nicholas. Yo photographed the Kingfisher very well.
Really close.
Well done.
Have a nice weekend.

Hi Nick, wonderful colorful bird with fine details and excellent sharpness, splendid capture, very well done, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

Hi Nick,

Excellent compo with perfect POV and colors
Beautifull sharp and very well detailled

TFS Thijs

Hi Nicholas,

this one are greater than your posting earlier.
What a great shot.
Nice low pov, good dof and beautiful colours.

Hello Nick,
I loved both of your Kingfisher images with high standard and quality!
I can only say about this one in two simple words - just perfect -
have a wonderful weekend, my dear friend

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  • iris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
  • [2008-09-26 23:34]

Hello Nick,

Absolutley breathtaking.....a capture...perfect lighting, tack sharp details and an excellent pose making this a hot shot in every way.The shine on the bird is brilliant and make the capture more lively.

Thanks so much for sharing.
Would love to add this to my "Unforgettable" Theme.
TFS & Cheers

its never boring 2 c this amazing flying jewel, TFS Ori

Hello Nicholas,

This one is better than the last one. Excellent compostion, focus, light and colours. Superb shot!

One of the best Kingfisher photos I've ever seen Nicholas, a steady tripod and a perfect exposure enabled you to capture a finely focused individual under strong sunlight, some of those bluish feathers seem to sparkle my friend! Thank you indeed for sharing this exceptional image with us.

Hi Nicholas,

Great capture.
Nice colours with excellent detail.
Lighting and composition are good.

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-09-28 13:04]

Hi Nick,
so, you struck gold at last then...what a shot mate, you must be chuffed. Awesome...and in a different and unusual setting too...congratulations on a first class shot, very well done.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2008-09-29 0:06]

Hello Nicholas,
I just discover your Kingfisher-pictures. Great! This one is my preferance, because of the surrounding water and the reflections on it (the same colours as the bird) and also for the vivid attitude of the Kingfisher. You have been very lucky to make all these shots!
Thanks and best regards

hey glen,
perfect shot sir,...captured well!!

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-09-29 15:04]

Stunning capture, Nick!!!
The colours here are incredibly vibrent.
Superb composition.
Very sharp.
Congratulations on this excellent shot of a Kingfisher :-)


p.s will you be coming to Richmond on Saturday? Also I might be in the New Forest on Sunday, so hopefully I can get to Cadman Pool :-)

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  • delfi Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 31 W: 35 N: 11] (106)
  • [2009-01-30 12:41]

Hey Nicholas!


Coming to you on the critique-ing channel now. I just wrote a reply to your critique. Yep.

I selected this one. Kingfisher No2. 64 points. I can see why. Great portrait in close up, man. Beautiful colors, nice sunny atmosphere. Two more points.

Best regards,


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