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Woodland kingfisher

Woodland kingfisher
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Copyright: Paul van Slooten (pvs) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-02-25
Categories: Birds
Camera: Sony Alfa dSLR A100, Sigma 50-500mm f/4-6.3 EX APO DG, Digital RAW 100, UV Filter
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/200 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Krugerpark feb/mar 2007
Date Submitted: 2008-10-03 13:00
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Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 24
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Once again an upload from the archive,its a woodland kingfisher I captured underway to the skukuza restcamp on our holiday in the krugerpark,hope we can visit this soon again,

This is a medium-sized kingfisher, 20-23 cm in length. The adult has a bright blue back, wing panel and tail. Its head, neck and underparts are white, and its shoulders are black. The flight of the Woodland Kingfisher is rapid and direct. The large bill has a red upper mandible and black lower mandible. The legs are bright red. Some birds may have greyish heads, causing confusion with Mangrove Kingfisher.

However, the lores are dark, creating a dark stripe through the eye (the stripe does not extend through the eye in Mangrove Kingfisher), and the underwing, primaries and secondaries are black with white underwing coverts (there is a black carpal patch on the white coverts in Manrgove Kingfisher). The inner webs of the base of the flight feathers are white, creating an indistinct white wingbar (white completely absent from wings in Mangrove Kingfisher). The breast is white (tends to be much greyer in Mangrove Kingfisher). The sexes are similar, but juveniles are duller than adults and have a brown bill.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-10-03 13:05]

Hello Paul,
A superb portrait of the Woodland Kingfisher taken from a fine POV with technical excellence against a fine neutral BG.
A real delight from your archives and thanks for sharing it!
Have a good weekend,

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-10-03 13:06]

Hi Paul. This must have been a great trip. What a fantastic looking Kingfisher . Great coloured feathers and red bill. You have fine detail . and a nice POV/DOF. well done TFS. good notes too.

Have a good weekend.

Hi Paul,
I have searhed about your Woodland Kingfisher. It must be Halcyon senegalensis. Up to now, I have seen only H. smyrnensis. Both of them very similar and very beautiful birds with colorful plumage. Your capture great. great focus, eyes contact and POV/OOF. Nicely composed on top of branch. plain BG also very nice as like informative notes. Thanks. 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)
  • [2008-10-03 13:33]
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Hallo Paul,
Wat een schitterende foto. Dat je die zo lang in je archief kon bewaren... Scherpte en kleuren zijn uitstekend. Mooie egale achtergrond. Fantastische foto in alle opzichten. Ik begrijp uit je informatie dat je weer naar Kruger afreist. Ben jaloers.
Goed weekend,

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-10-03 13:39]

Hello Paul,
What a great shot, the composition, POV are very good, and also the sharpness and colurs are really marvellous.

Hallo Paul,
Waarschijnlijk einde zomer/begin herfst genomen. Goed gespot en geplaat. Heb deze niet gezien tijdens mijn verblijf laat staan gefotografeerd. Mooie kleuren, achtergrond, compo,...
Bedankt en wie weet tot in Kruger:-)

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  • radz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 598 W: 11 N: 72] (436)
  • [2008-10-03 22:22]

First time seeing this KF..Very well taken,nice natural perch it got.good POV&details.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-10-04 1:47]

Hello Paul,
Splendid capture of this beautiful Kingfisher in a fine pose. Great details and beautiful colours. It stands out very nicely from the green background.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

Hello Paul,
You've captured a fine looking kingfisher with its powerful predatory beak in a good and sharply depicted pose against an OOF BG. A pleasure to behold this beautiful scene.

Hi Paul, superb bird insplendid pose with fantastic colors, great details and excellent sharpness, very well done, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

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  • soccer Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 587 W: 0 N: 655] (2557)
  • [2008-10-06 23:08]


Well detailed pic that has an OOF BG and DOF that are well done. I like your composition, POV and sharpness.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-10-11 12:32]

Hello Paul, that's a fantastic subject and a great picture! So sharp and clear and a very nicely done composition, thanks!


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