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Common KingFisher

Common KingFisher
Photo Information
Copyright: David White (dkaved) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 259 W: 17 N: 431] (2114)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-12-25
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D70S, Sigma 70-200 f/2.8 APO EX DG HSM
Exposure: f/8, 1/1000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Kingfishers II [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-01-05 14:03
Viewed: 4032
Points: 36
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Image of Israels' Common KingFisher taken at the entrance to the Hula Lake Nature Reserve.

Camouflage Techniques
I have just started trying to take images of birds and wildlife in general and one of my first lessons was in the techniques of camouflage.The main idea is to somehow disguise yourself as not being a "Human Being" (got a reputation for being predators!!) in order to get close.
Some of the different techniques are :
- Within a permanent enclosure or viewing station.
- Portable enclosure (Tent, Car etc..)
- Clothing

In this case I used my car to get fairly close and then after turning the engine off took the image resting my camera on the window ledge.Its amazing how they do let you get closer despite you being within a "bright red noisy thing"!

Well there goes my first....hope you like.

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Hello , good sharpness and composition but little oversaturated colors .


Nice shot! I too am just starting to take bird pictures and I too have used my truck as a blind. One day i put out some seeds and sat in the car in the front yard - i live in the country - and just waited for the birds to come to me.

Keep up the good work!



Hi David,
Pretty kingfisher, well captured.
Very nicely composed picture.
Sharp and neat image.
Great shot.

Ben Lakitan

Hi David,

great shot of this beautiful Kingfisher
Sharpness, compo, colours, details, POV and DOF are PERFECT

TFS Thijs

Hi David

Beautiful! Love the light in this shot. Thank you!

a very nice capture of this kingfisher
for myself, I did try too photograph this fantastic bird, but every time he was too quick for me. Very nice job you did here.
gr. jaap

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-01-06 4:06]

Hi David

A wonderful capture here with this cure kingfisher!
The pose here on that streight stick is great and you captured it nicly. The colors are also lovely and well saturated, the details nice and sharp and the lighting great.
I also like the DOF you chose here, isolating the subject rather well from the BG.
The composition is really wonderful and i liked how you left plenty of space in the direction the bird is looking.
Very well done!

Bravo and TFS

Preciosa captura. Bellos colores y una presentación magnífica.
Muchos saludos, JL.

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2007-01-06 8:33]

Bonne prise, le sujet est superbe posé sur cette nranche en diagonale.
Merci pour le partage.

Hello David,
This is a very nice capture. I'm glad that you are now trying bird’s pictures. Your note is very interesting but I must say that I never used these kinds of tricks but it is useful to know. I like this POV, composition and great colors. I don't know if there was a branch near its legs but it seems a little strange. Anyway this is a very good first try and I'm looking for many others ;) This BG is very nice; well done! Thanks,

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  • Fisher Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 309 N: 2234] (8915)
  • [2007-01-06 10:52]

Hi David,

Beautiful capture and well done on the composition. Excellent work.


Hello David,
This is great as for a first one! The bird was posing you really nicely. I like the POV and framing too. The details are good and colours look nice too. The BG is a little bit busy and maybe it would be worth to blur it stronger next time using f5.6 for example.
Overall, you did really good job on this one!

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-01-07 9:43]

Hello David

Great shot with super calrity.Good POV and DOF.I got a kick out of your notes,so many birds are the same way here,I can drive right up to them but if I get out they fly away.Very good detail and sharpness with excellent lighting and colours.TFS


this is a very beautiful bird and you
captured it real well with good sharpness
and nice pov
well composed

lovely shot well composed.

tfs mario

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-01-14 8:29]

Hello David,
those are such interesting birds. You captured it very well, good details and nice sharpness. Nice diagonal composition.

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2007-01-16 15:30]

hello david
here is cute bird and successful camouflage. point of view, depth of field, background, colours and details are great.
i hope i am going to capture like this beauty bird with my new camera in future.

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  • sily Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 239 W: 6 N: 395] (1934)
  • [2007-02-17 11:39]

I love this tiny colourful bird, there aren't any in my country, great shot with excekllent POV and DOF, great details and sharpnes!

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