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500th Posting On TN

500th Posting 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: 2009-05-05
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 40D, Canon 400 F5.6 L.
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/800 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Alex99 favorite shots, My favourite naturescapes, CeltickRanger's favorite Bird photos -4- [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-05-19 11:35
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Favorites: 3 [view]
Points: 94
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Today this is my 500th posting on TN. I kept this one from two weeks ago, i like the way the Kingfisher was hitting the Fish on the wooden branch to kill it.

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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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-05-19 11:40]

Hello Nicholas
Another perfect capture. Excellent details and wonderful colors, clear BG too.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-05-19 12:22]

Congratulations on your 500th posting Nick!

You mark the occasion with an other excellent capture of a Kingfisher with its minnow prey taken from a great POV that shows the plumage with fine sharpness, colours and lighting.
Well done and thanks for all your wonderful contributions!
You'll soon be catching me up!
All the best,

Hi Glen,
Congratulations on your 500th post. Hope to see many more from you. This is an excellent photo of Kingfisher with it's catch. Nice sharpness and colorful image. Well done. Regards - Adil.

congratulations on your 500th posting,an other splendid presentation in your very good collection

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-05-19 12:33]

Hello Nick,
Congratulations and what a wonderful capture to celebrate with! A lovely sharp view of a Kingfisher at mealtime. The light and colours are gorgeous and your composition excellent. Thanks for all the wonderful captures of birds you've posted here so far and I look forward to seeing many more from you!
All the best wishes, Ulla

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2009-05-19 12:34]

Hi Nicholas,

Congrats on your 500th posting,I have some catching up to do as I can see in your gallery,a kingfishercapture is as well on my wishlist,very well captured with great colors/light and a fish to swallow,


hello Nick
Congratulations with your 500th post on TN
this is a super great picture
very good sharpness and good light
beautiful colours
greeting lou

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2009-05-19 12:44]

Hello Nichloas,
Congratulations on your 500th post.
Excellent capture with light,colors and sharpness.Very6 beautiful bird.

Congratulations Nick for this 500th post and for the 499 previous! I'm always amazed by the quality of your photos, by your patience to capture the birds in their natural environement, with a hight quality of colours, sharpness, composition. This photo is a good example of you skill, with a great composition. Thanks for sharing all this beauties and share your experience. Best wishes,
P.S. I was too busy last week and enable to post even to watch TN. I have many photos to see...

Hi Nicholas!

Congratulations on Your 500th post. Great Shot! Excellent light colors pose and backgroud

Very good work


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-05-19 13:07]

Hello Nick,
From the day you started here on TN I've enjoyed every photo you posted. Thanks for your marvelous contribution and congratulations on your 500th masterpiece.
Like all the others this is a photo of high quality in all aspects. I hope you will post a lot more.

Exceptional color, detail and comp. To but you captured it with its dinner, well executed shot!


Ciao Glen, congratulations my beloved friend, for your splendid 500th post on TN, great capture of lovely bird in nice pose, fantastic colors, fine details and excellent sharpness, I like a lot, very well done, bravo, ciao Silvio

Hi MF Nick,
Congratulations! that you reached 500th posting on TN and you selected a real beauty to celebrate this special day!
Amazingly beautiful one MF! Thanks a lot for all contributions to us and also kind wishes on my mum's health.


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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2009-05-19 14:16]

salut Nicholas,
félicitation pour cette 500ème elle est de toute beauté. Superbes couleurs et fins détails, bravo.


500th post is a huge numer Nicholas! My best congratulations! Especially that this presentation is really perfect - sharpness, DOF, timing (!!!) - all is 1st class! Bird photography is too difficult for me, so watching pictures like this one I can learn a lot. And that is one of the reasons (not the only one!) why I hope to watch you next (at least ;>) 500 pictures in TN gallery :>
Greetings from Lodz,

hello Nicholas

Congratulations to your 500th photo,

you are celebrating this with a superb close up
photo of the Kingfisher with his fish prey, fine POV,
superb focus on it with great sharpness and details,
wonderful light coming from the sun, TFS


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  • Alutka Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 131 W: 43 N: 400] (1682)
  • [2009-05-19 14:44]

Always a pleasure to look at your captures, but this one is marvelous! Composition is outstanding and the light is beautiful!
Wooow...I delighted...
TFS and very best wishes

Hi Nick,

Yet again a excellent shot of my favorite bird. Congratulations on your 500th shot.

Regards Bill

C O N G R A T U L A T I O N S Nick...!!!!
What a shot to mark this milestone of 500!
Take a bow, you set new standards for us, with each shot...
Looking forwards to many, many more such 500s from you ,Nick.

Hello Nick,
congratulations on your 500th posting; another fantastic picture of Kingfisher taken with superb sharpness and marvellous colours, very well composed.
Best regards

Hi Nick,

Congratulations on your 500th Post
Fantastic shot of this Bleu Jewel
Excellent sharp details in a lovely compo


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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-05-19 16:28]

Hi Nick,

You mentioned this picture - great idea to save it for your celebration. Congratulations. Fantastic to see how the Kingfisher has the fish in his beak as he beats it against the branch. Wonderful timing to get this shot. Picture perfect once again - details, colors, background and composition are all marvelous. Here's to the next 500.


Hello Nick,

Congratulations on your 500 posting what a superb capture to celebrate with;

Excellent details with stunning colours, really nice work looking forward to the next 500 ;)

Cheers Rick :)

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2009-05-19 19:48]

Hi Nicholas
First congratulation for your 500 posting hoping to see a lot more.Your King fisher series is outstanding one of the best I had seen.I would be in haven just to get one decent shot.This presentation is like the others perfect nothing else to add just sit en enjoy it.
TFS Michel

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-05-19 20:30]

Hi, dear Nick.
It is huge event. I cannot imagine such achievement. 500 amazing photo works. Bravo and my heartfelt congratulations. Thanks that you are here with your fantastic shots? Wonderful notes and warm comments. This shot is brilliant as well as many-many your pictures. Especially I like wonderful strong sunlight which allows to see all charming details of the best (of beautifulness) bird and so impressive old tree. Bravo, Bravo and once more Bravo.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2009-05-19 23:56]

Hi Nick and many many congratulations!

500 is an amazing number and, if needed, shows your immense contribution to this site even more. Thank you for sticking together so much and for sharing all your lovely photos and info with us.

I was waiting for this photo of the kingfisher ever since you mentioned it :)
It really is a beauty and your timing was very good, too!
All the colors and details came out superbly and BG is also terrific here, too.
Excellent work, my fiend! Hope to have the pleasure of going shooting with you again, too!

Cheers and take care

Hi Nick,
Congrats on already your 500th photo. I think I will be very old when I get to that milestone.
You celebrated it with a very beautiful photo. I got the feeling that you got very close to it. The details in the feathers are wonderful and the addition of the kill adds a lot. Maybe the light wasn't as perfect as one would like to have it but you mastered it.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2009-05-20 4:04]

Hello Nicholas,
At first congratulations to have reached this round number of postings and with an even quality through out your publications. Thanks also to stay on the site.
You have chosen a most well taken picture of the photogenic kingfisher. Beautiful composition and fine colors and sharpness. Like always beautiful posting foe which I thank you.
Take care

Merhaba Nicholas,muhteşem bir fotoğraf,ışık ise çok etkileyici.Detaylar harika,tebrikler :)

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-05-20 5:38]

Hello Nicholas,
that's phantasic, 500 shots - and this is perfect to celebrate your 500th.
A beautiful and amazing moment from a good low POV and with so brilliant colours, congratulations.Best regards Siggi

Hello Nicholas
Congratulations for your 500th post on TN and each is a masterpiece
This kingfisher is really superb with a nice pose and a fish in his beak
wonderful colors and crisp clear details on bird and trunk
very well done and have a good evening

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2009-05-20 15:23]

Hola Nick,
felicidades amigo por tu trayectoria en TN,
bella captura,
hermoso colorido y detalles...
excelente iluminación.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2009-05-21 12:18]

Hi Nick!

Big congratulations! Not only for your number 500 but also for one of most beautifull European bird you catched. Kingfisher looks great with fish in its beak. Composition and vivid colours are stunning! I hope we'll see next 500 pictures as beautifull as this one!

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2009-05-21 12:58]

merhaba Nicholas
Congratulations on your 500th posting
really its wonderful capture of this colourful and cute bird with its prey
composition, POV, DOF, BG, sharpness and details are great

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  • lgfoto Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 194 W: 13 N: 279] (1536)
  • [2009-05-21 13:26]

Beautifull capture of my favorite bird Nick. Great rich colours with very good DOF. Lovely clean BG. TFS

Witaj Nicholas,
Excellent formaldehyde. Przepiekny kingfisher on breakfast. He flew by me before snout once. Your has miraculous colours and sharpness. Treat in beak this fish... nothing her will equal.
Pozdrawiam i gratuluje - Roma

Hi Nick
Special photo for special occasion. Great natural colors, beautiful blured blue background. Sharpness is also great. Congratulations on your 500th post! I am waiting for another 500 and more ;-)
Best wishes

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  • efsus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 415 W: 11 N: 843] (3947)
  • [2009-05-22 13:52]

Merhaba Dostum Nick!
500. fotonuz için sizi gerçekten kutlarım. Hepsi birbirinden değerli bu çok özel koleksiyona enfes bir kare daha eklemişsiniz. Herşey kusursuz görünüyor. Paylaşımınız için çok teşekkürler.


Hearty congratulations on your 500th post, Nick!!!
You have always been a leading light on TN and your contribution to this site is immense both in terms of quality and quantity. It is a privilege for TN and its members to have you here and view and enjoy your high quality nature pictures.
This picture of the Kingfisher is so wonderful it truly adds lustre to the occasion.
Wishing you all the best for your next 500,

Well, here it is then Nicholas, your 500th posting is a real masterpiece my friend, your Canon really focusses rather well in f/9.0 and its colour reproduction is terrific, still I think it could not deliver this calibre of results without your guiding hands! TFS indeed this wonderful image my friend.

Hi Nicholas
Everything is perfect in this picture.

Hello Nick,

A warm congratulations on this fine achievement.
I'm sure I'm not the only one who has learned a lot from your fine, informative postings and for that, I would like to thank you.
This shot is indicative of so many that you share; it is sharply focussed, beautifully detailed, well sarurated and has the indefinable 'something' supplied by the photographer!

Congratulations, my friend,
Bev :-)

Hello Nick
Bravo for 500 th
Tu nous gâtes avec tous les magnifiques oiseaux que tu nous présentes.
Merci, et c'est reparti pour 500 again...

Hello Nicholas
congrartulations on your 500th post. great selection for celebration. we have seen many great capture from you. each of your all shots great and I learn many thing from your master quality posts. I hope we will see many hundreds and thousands from you here.
thanks for sharing all of them and this perfect capture.
have a good night

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2009-05-30 15:03]

Hi Nick,
Sorry I missed this...
Congrats on your 500th posting, and hope to see many more 100's :o)
That's a great catch for both of you
All the best,

Hello Nicholas,

Well composed and wonderful color tone!
You're keeping many many excellent pictures for birds. It is envied to be able to take attractive various birds like this clearly and greatly.
I chose this one from your portfolio because I'm interesing kingfisher most and this picture has the most rich color tone/chroma/sharpness.

Best regards,

Congrat. to you Nicholas for 500. photo .
i m sure ; second 500 will be perfect .

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