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Alcedo atthis female

Alcedo atthis female
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Copyright: Helmut Roos (buscape) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 355 W: 20 N: 1518] (7615)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-07-23
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D 800E, AF-S Nikkor 200-400mm f4.0 G IF-ED VR II, Nikon TC14EII
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/80 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-07-25 1:29
Viewed: 2317
Points: 30
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Class: Aves, Order: Coraciiformes, Family: Alcedinidae, Genus: Alcedo, Species: Alcedo atthis

Habitat and distribution:
The Common Kingfisher is widely distributed over Europe, Asia, and North Africa, mainly south of 60°N. It is a common breeding species over much of its vast Eurasian range, but in North Africa it is mainly a winter visitor, although it is a scarce breeding resident in coastal Morocco and Tunisia. In temperate regions, this kingfisher inhabits clear, slow-flowing streams and rivers, and lakes with well-vegetated banks. It frequents scrubs and bushes with overhanging branches close to shallow open water in which it hunts. In winter it is more coastal, often feeding in estuaries or harbours and along rocky seashores. Tropical populations are found by slow-flowing rivers, in mangrove creeks and in swamps. Common Kingfishers are important members of ecosystems and good indicators of freshwater community health. The highest densities of breeding birds are found in habitats with clear water, which permits optimal prey visibility, and trees or shrubs on the banks. These habitats have also the highest quality of water, so the presence of this bird confirms the standard of the water. Measures to improve water flow can disrupt this habitat, and in particular, the replacement of natural banks by artificial confinement greatly reduces the populations of fish, amphibians and aquatic reptiles, and waterside birds are lost. It can tolerate a certain degree of urbanisation, provided the water remains clean.
This species is resident in areas where the climate is mild year-round, but must migrate after breeding from regions with prolonged freezing conditions in winter. Most birds winter within the southern parts of the breeding range, but smaller numbers cross the Mediterranean into Africa or travel over the mountains of Malaysia into Southeast Asia. Kingfishers migrate mainly at night, and some Siberian breeders must travel at least 3,000 km between the breeding sites and the wintering areas.

Source: Wikipedia

I had to make this shot with ISO 2500 and a exposure compensation of +5, because the bird was sitting in the shadow.



Klasse: Vögel; Ordnung: Rackenvögel, Familie: Eisvögel, Gattung: Alcedo, Art: Eisvogel

Verbreitung und Lebensraum:
Der Eisvogel besiedelt weite Teile Europas, Asiens sowie das westliche Nordafrika. Isolierte Populationen finden sich im östlichen Indonesien und in Melanesien. Zu den nicht von Eisvögeln besiedelten Regionen zählen Island, Nordschottland, Nordskandinavien und Sibirien. In Hochgebirgsregionen und Wüsten kommt diese Vogelart ebenfalls nicht vor, da Eisvögel während des ganzen Jahres offenes Süßwasser benötigen. In West- und Mitteleuropa ist der Eisvogel mit wenigen Ausnahmen ein Standvogel. In den osteuropäischen und zentralasiatischen Populationen steigt der Anteil von Zugvögeln dagegen, je weiter östlich das Verbreitungsgebiet liegt. Zugrouten und Überwinterungsplätze sind jedoch noch nicht hinreichend erforscht. Der Eisvogel lebt an mäßig schnell fließenden oder stehenden, klaren Gewässern mit Kleinfischbestand. Diese sollten von einem ausreichenden Angebot an Sitzwarten und möglichst auch von Gehölzen gesäumt sein. Es werden Flüsse, Bäche, Seen und auch vom Menschen geschaffene Gewässer wie Altwässer, Tümpel, Gräben, Kanäle, Teichanlagen, Talsperren und Abgrabungen genutzt. Außerhalb der Brutzeit kann er sich sogar am Meer aufhalten. Als Brutplätze dienen Steilufer oder große Wurzelteller umgestürzter Bäume mit dicker Erdschicht. Auch vom Menschen geschaffene Hohlwege und Gruben werden genutzt.

Quelle: Wikipedia

Ich mußte dieses Bild mit ISO 2500 und einer Belichtungskorrektur von +5 machen, weil der Vogel im Schatten saß.

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a great capture of Alcedo atthis,Helmut
i like the selective focus and god resolution
thanks sERGIO

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2012-07-25 2:27]

Hi Helmut,magnificent capture of this beautiful lady kingfisher,nothing to say about the quality,at the top as usual,very nice composition and pose too.Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

Great moment you have capture..Excellent color and good details and sharpness.


A really mind blowing image of a Kingfisher, Helmut.
I like the pose of the bird with its head turned up, as if looking at something intently.
The use of tripod makes such a significant difference in the technical qualities of an image like this one.

Ciao Helmut, great capture of lovely bird with fantastic colors, splendid sharpness and fine details, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

hi Helmut,
this is a beautiful shot on this beautiful kingfisher. i had many of them in my homeland and i have one in my gallery. may not be the same sub-species, but the same species. loved them.
your this shot is too good. well focused and great sharpness. but more than that a well captured mood.

Helmut this is a Beauty
great sharpness and good details
the colours are super good
i like this shot
thanks greetinglou

hello Helmut,
though it is a Common Kingfisher but he picture is not common, it is great picture, splendid sharpness perfect colour and taken from a great view point.
best wihes,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2012-07-25 8:11]

Hello Helmut,
Another beautiful photo. This time of a kingfisher. Good sharpness, details and fine natural colours. Good composition too.

Hello Helmut
Wonderful capture of this beaautiful kingfisher.Excellent composition,colours and details.Congrats!
Thank You
Have a nice day!
Best regards

Hi Helmut,
amazing portrait of this bird. Amazing colours. Very good sharpness and details. Excellent composition.
Thanks for sharing,

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2012-07-25 11:53]

Hello Helmut,
superb shot of a kingfisher with wonderful warm colours, superb sharpned and details. Great shot in all around indeed.Best regards Siggi

Ciao Helmut.
Bellissima immagine di questo martin pescatore con un aspetto fiero,bellissimi colori ed un’ottima nitidezza,buoni i particolari,bella la composizione complimenti.
Ciao Marco.

Another impressive photo Helmut! Nice pose, excellent composition, wonderful soft lighting and impressive sharpness!

Hello Helmut
Excellent photo, very atmospheric setting.
Good use of the tripod, nice detail obtained.
Beautiful bird caught in a excellent stance.
regards yiannis

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