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White-throated Kingfisher

White-throated Kingfisher
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Copyright: akbar ali asif (AKBAR-ALI-ASIF) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 148 W: 0 N: 478] (2927)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2014-01-02
Categories: Birds
Exposure: f/6.5, 1/200 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2014-01-12 21:47
Viewed: 1389
Points: 32
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Took this shot from my car in Southern Pakistan. In Sindh province, there is ample food for these birds and one can find Common kingfishers, white-throated ones and pied varieties in abundance. Still, its not very easy to take a decent shot because these birds are very sensitive and would fly away seeing a human being nearby. To me, best way to take a shot is from a car or any other vehicle because these birds are used to them and won't fly unless you stop your vehicle very close to them. This shot was taken half an hour before sunset.
Few lines from Wikepedia:
The White-throated Kingfisher (Halcyon smyrnensis) also known as the White-breasted Kingfisher or Smyrna Kingfisher, is a tree kingfisher, widely distributed in Eurasia from Bulgaria,Turkey, West Asia east through the Indian Subcontinent to the Philippines. This kingfisher is a resident over much of its range, although some populations may make short distance movements. It can often be found well away from water where it feeds on a wide range of prey that includes small reptiles, amphibians, crabs, small rodents and even birds. During the breeding season they call loudly in the mornings from prominent perches including the tops of buildings in urban areas or on wires.


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Hello Asif
An excellant picture of White-throated Kingfisher.
Superb colour with great sharpness.
Lovely eye contact and superb eye detail.
Best wishes,

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  • aruntp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 590 W: 1 N: 357] (5379)
  • [2014-01-12 22:57]

excellent image of kingfisher in beautiful angle. tfs.

Hallo Akbar
This is a great image with stunning colours and clarity. I love the way your subject almost fills the entire frame. It just brings out the details so much clearer and closer. Kingfishers remains one of the most beautiful and special birds. Kind regards and thanks for sharing.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2014-01-13 2:15]

Hello Akbar,
Great photo of this kingfisher in superb clarity, great sharpness and splendid colours. Excellent composition too. Beautiful background.

Hello Akbar,
Excellent picture of this Kingfisher.Details and colour is really outstanding.I like its strong bill and very sharp eye.Nice composition.
Thanks for sharing,
Regards and have a nice time,

Great portrait of this Halcyon smyrnensis, captured in great detail, Asif. I enjoyed reading your note about how to approach birds in a vehicle, you can be mine useful ... Thanks for sharing your work and your tactical advice, friend!


Hello Asif,

Hope you are well. Do not look for top class cameras, this shot is a class of its own and must make you proud and I know you have taken it with your mega zoom Canon camera. Seek the help of Samiran bhai in learning photography, he'll help....smile.Download through torrents some good free photography guides, they'll also help.
This is a flawless, immaculate shot of this wonderful kingfisher of our region sitting on an acacia branch with a pod visible and yes,what can be more clear and focused than this beauty.
Thanks a lot for sharing a marvellous shot of top quality.Take care.

warm regards/Abid

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2014-01-13 5:47]

Good image and good pose by the lovely KF...fine composition and lighting. tfs.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2014-01-13 5:50]

Hello Asif,
Just strikingly beautiful your shot. Fine light falls on this colorful Kingfisher and the chosen decentred composition is perfect. Great!

Impressive photo Akbar! Nice pose, good composition, fantastic colours and very good sharpness.

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2014-01-13 10:36]

Hi Akbar,
Very cute photo of a beautiful kingfisher. Excellent sharpness details and amazing colors with nice composition.
Regards Jiri.

Ciao Akbar, great capture of lovely Kingfisher in nice pose, fantastic colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

Hello Asif
Pretty picture of White-throated Kingfisher.
Superb colour with great sharpness.
Super eye contact and detail.
Have a good day

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2014-01-13 15:33]

Hi Akbar,it turn the head in the right moment and way for the best result as possible,magnificent capture with metallic colors and fine details too,i like it! Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

Hi Asif, What a beautiful bird presentation. Stunned sharpness along with splendid colours. The pure BG gives a strong contrast to the subjects. Thank for sharing

I really like this picture!
First of all I love KF's! I know the African species best,
but hope I can go see some Asians as well in the future!
Very nice light and natural colors! A great perch as well.
TFS, Ronny

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