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white throated kingfisher

white throated kingfisher
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Copyright: Alper Oztutar (twin) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 244 W: 17 N: 494] (3259)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-01-03
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 400 D, Canon EF100-400 IS L
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Kingfishers II [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-02-17 6:58
Viewed: 4474
Points: 46
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The White-throated Kingfisher, Halcyon smyrnensis also known as White-breasted Kingfisher or Smyrna Kingfisher is a tree kingfisher which is widely distributed in south Asia from Turkey east to the Philippines. This kingfisher is essentially resident over much of its range, apart from seasonal movements.

The first of the alternative English names is to be preferred because the geographical name is too restrictive for this widespread bird, and the easternmost race lacks a white breast.

This is a large kingfisher, 28 cm in length. The adult has a bright blue back, wings and tail. Its head, shoulders, flanks and lower belly are chestnut, and the throat and breast are white.

There are four races differing mainly in plumage shades, but H. s. gularis of the Philippines has only the neck and throat white. The flight of the White-throated Kingfisher is rapid and direct, the short rounded wings whirring. The large bill and legs are bright red.

In flight, large white patches are visible on the blue and black wings. Sexes are similar, but juveniles are a duller version of the adult. The call of this noisy kingfisher is a chuckling chake-ake-ake-ake-ake.

White-throated Kingfisher is a common species of a variety of habitats with some trees, and its range is expanding. It perches conspicuously on wires or other exposed perches within its territory, and is a frequent sight in south Asia. This species mainly hunts large insects, rodents, snakes, fish and frogs. It is reputed to eat tired migratory passerine birds like Chiffchaffs where the opportunity arises.

White-throated Kingfisher has a striking display in which the wings are spread to show the white patches. The nest is a 50cm tunnel in an earth bank. A single clutch of 4-7 round white eggs is typical.

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Excellent shot, Alper!
Pose, details and colours are really nice.

Precioso retrato de este bello Marín. Gran POV y DOF. Un saludo y TFS

José Luis

hi alper,
nice shot of kingfisher,
well composed with fine pov,
lovely colours, the blue of the sky & the kingfisher looks lovely,
tfs & regards

Very clean and crisp shot Alper. I like the POV and diagonal composition.TFS

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-02-17 7:26]

Hi Alper,
Great capture. Beautiful colours, excellent pose and composition.
TFS, José M.

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-02-17 7:57]

Merhaba Alper Bey,
Detaylar, renkler ve poz cok guzel. Elinize saglik.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-02-17 8:15]
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Merhaba Alper,
Bu yalıçapkınlarına nasıl bu kadar yaklaşabiliyorsunuz?Neredeyse lens kuyruğuna değecek gibi çıkmış:)Gözdeki canlılık,renkler,mavi gökyüzü herşey mükemmel.Tebrikler,ellerine sağlık!

An absolute star of a photograph. I wish I had taken it. Razor sharp and beautiful colouration. Very well done.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-02-17 9:41]

Hello Alper,
What stunning colours! And I love the pose of the Kingfisher in beautiful light. Very sharp showing great details of plumage. Nice to see him on a branch instead of the usual wire! Excellent composition.
Many thanks, Ulla

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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2007-02-17 9:41]

bonjour Alper,
image parfaitement bien réalisée, le fond bleu se confond avec le plumage. Belle composition, et couleurs vives.


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  • viv Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 292 W: 3 N: 653] (3317)
  • [2007-02-17 9:58]

Hello Alper,
What a great shot, the composition, POV are very good, and also the sharpness and colurs are really marvellous.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-02-17 10:01]

Hello Alper,
Superb capture in fine lighting of this sharp and well composed shot of a White-breasted Kingfisher against a blue sky.
Well done and TFs!
Regards, Ivan

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-02-17 11:07]

Hi Alper,

Beautiful kingfisher - I would love to see one one day. Beautiful pose, outstanding colors and the details are nice and sharp.


Hello Alper,
Kingfisher is my favourite bird and you give me great pleasure through this lovely capture.
BTW, what shutter speed did you use while framing the bird against the sky?
The picture is just faultless.
TFS and take care.

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  • volkan Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 497 W: 10 N: 4] (2425)
  • [2007-02-17 13:28]

Selam Alper,
Mükemmel bir kare çıkmış ortaya.
Duruşu,netliği ve renkler harika yaw.

Bu fotoğraf, beni önce istanbul'a (100-400 almaya) ardından da Adana'ya götürür:)
Eline sağlık Alper üstad..

Alper merhaba , tebrik ederim mükemmel bir portre , tek sorun kuşun sağında biraz az boşluk kalması , bol şanslar.

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-02-17 16:07]

Stunning colours Alper and a perfect composition. Just beautiful. Lovely sharp details and a great catchlight in the eye as well



Excellent lit and BG, very good details and sharp!

Excellent capture Alper! Great DOF and details. Beautiful colours too. Thanks for sharing!

Hello Alper,
This is an amazing photo you've captured.
I think it's hard to get the photos of Kingfisher.
Superb details and POV, very nice BG and pose of bird, well done!!

Gökyüzüyle uyum içerisinde ... netlik ve ışık çok iyi ... göz hizasında olmaması da tek "keşkesi" ....

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2007-04-10 17:24]

selam alper
bu sevimli kusun bir diger cinsi ve yine basarili bir cekim yapmissin. kompozisyonu, bakis acisi, arka plan, isik kullanimi, renkler, netlik ve detaylar harika
eline saglik

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