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Brownhooded Kingfisher

Brownhooded Kingfisher
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Copyright: Jan Hendrik van Rooyen (janhendrik) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 363 W: 58 N: 667] (2392)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-08-20
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 20D, Canon EF 100-400mm L IS USM
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/320 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Kingfishers, Birds of Southern Africa II [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-08-22 14:56
Viewed: 4736
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 44
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Brownhooded Kingfisher (Halcyon albiventris)

I took this picture in my backyard, leaning over the fence, as the bird was sitting in my neighbours' backyard scanning the lawn for insects. I hope you like it.


Southern Africa to Gabon, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya and Somalia. In Southern Africa it is absent from most of the highveld and all of the dry west and the Kalahari sandveld.


Thickets in woodland and denser savannah, forest edge, riverine and coastal bush, gardens and parks.


Solitary or in pairs; Perches on branch, post or telephone wire, scanning ground below for prey; sometimes dives for fish but less expertly so than the aquatic kingfishers.


Mainly insects, but also lizards and chameleons, crabs, small rodents, small birds, small snakes and scorpions.


Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa, Sixth edition.

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  • halki Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 242 W: 9 N: 105] (471)
  • [2005-08-22 15:07]

Hello Jan!
Very nice capture!POV,sharpness and colours are great.Thanks for posting...

Very good picture, excellent details and very good exposure, you had a great light for this picture.

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  • Libor Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 164 W: 1 N: 25] (1101)
  • [2005-08-22 15:18]

Hi jan
This's very nice picture.
Wonderful sharpening and colors
nice photo
with best regards

This is a great capture Jan. Perfect blurred background to set the bird off nicely, very good sharpness/dof, great colours and a very good composition. Good note too.

Hello Jan

Perfect shot. No nits here. Lovely colours, good POV. excellent sharpness and detail. Well done. Thanks.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2005-08-22 21:28]

Great shot, Jan Hendrik. Sharp details, great light and colors, excellent POV and composition. Well done and TFS. : )

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-08-22 23:48]

Hi Jan Henrik, I do not have the time to write a decent comment. I give to you the well deserved smiley.

" The future is not some place we are going, but one we are creating.
The paths are not to be found, but made.
And the activity of making them, changes both the maker and their destination. " (John Schaar)

Thank you for sharing pictures and notes and for the enjoyment which they give to me.

Have a wonderfull day!

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2005-08-22 23:53]

Superbe présentation,la lumière,la pose de l'oiseau,la netteté,les couleurs,en font une superbe composition.


Hey Captain,

Stunning shot !!! I love it. Very nice composition and sharp as a blade ... Stunning

Amazing capture!
Very sharp and clear image, beautiful colour.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-08-23 4:12]

Hello Jan!
Wonderful capture.Lighting,clear details,sharpness,POV,DOF and composition are excellent.Very well done!TFS...:-)

Excellent shot.
Good composition and sharpness. good plumage detail. A new species for me.

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  • ridfa Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 89 W: 0 N: 376] (4111)
  • [2005-08-23 10:09]

Magnifique....Quie dire d'autres. La luminosité rend toute sa beauté à ce Martin Chasseur à tête grise. La netteté de l'image est remarquable.


Hello Jan, Excellent light, colors and sharpness. I like this POV and pose..The kinfisher seems to be sitting down, resting a bit. What ISO R U using here? Great capture!

A beautiful picture, Jan Hendrik.
It's the first one on my wish list, to get a Common Kingfisher, I think I never will catch one;-(( I saw one yesterday, passing me about 1 meter with a fish in the beak.
Very well composed, good POV, nice colours and very good details.
Excellent work.

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  • twin Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 244 W: 17 N: 494] (3259)
  • [2005-08-24 13:17]

what a great shot it is.....
there is only few words about this pic..
I will try to tell them...
wonderful.. amazing... perfect... incredible... unbelievable...............

Hello Jan,
This is a great capture, this bird has beautiful colors and you got him really focus, DOF is very good and composition is very good. Regards, Iris

super shot of one of my favourite birds, kingfisher. very sharp and beautiful colors! TFS!

This critter still evades me...

It is tack sharp and technically perfect. I might consider another composition as I do find the empty space in the front with the trunk a bit distracting. It is still a very nice capture and one I would love to have. :)

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-12-14 9:15]

Hi Jan, I'm very jealous. I missed out on Kingfishers whilst I was out there. This is a very nice shot and the pose is a little unusual - it looks like he is on the lavatory :-)

Very well done.

this very beautiful bird and excellent details. Very good sharnpness and nice composition.

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2006-12-27 4:58]

Hi Jan,
Great image quailty, very good focus, sharpness and exposure handling. Beautiful photo. TFS

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