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Halcyon smyrnensis

Halcyon smyrnensis
Photo Information
Copyright: Foozi Saad (foozi) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-12-23
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D90, Sigma DG 150-500mm 1:5-6.3 APO HSM
Exposure: f/11, 1/400 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2013-02-01 16:56
Viewed: 1918
Points: 38
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Again I posted this White throated. Besides being my favourite as its colors and features are attractive and exciting.
Another point is that, this specie seem to be urbanised at my place. They do not contained themselves at the water location, padi fields etc. Now I could see in town and buildings. Yet still difficult to approach.
So they perched on man made elements such cable, culverts, lamp posts, sign boards etc.
So pardon me if you disagree with the electric wire s in this shot of mine.
They are used to these perching locations.

Trend justification
The species is suspected to be increasing owing to its ability to colonise gardens and palm oil plantations. Its range has expanded into Sumatra but it appears to be absent from Singapore where it previously occurred (del Hoyo et al. 2001).
Halcyon smyrnensis has a predominantly Asian distribution, which just extends into
Europe in southern Turkey and Azerbaijan. Its European breeding population is
extremely small (as few as 90 pairs), but its trend between 19701990 was unknown.
Although the population in Azerbaijan was stable during 19902000, the species
declined in Turkey, and underwent a large decline (>30%) overall. As a consequence
of this decline and its small population size, this previously Secure species is now
evaluated as Endangered.


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The flawless green BG does a great deal in making this picture of a White-throated Kingfisher extremely attractive, Foozi.
Fantastic capture with sharp focus and rich colours.

Hello Foozi

Fine close-up photo of the White-throated Kingfisher
with the frontal POV, lovely eye-contact from the bird,
as Ram wrote the green background it is making
the photo attractive, with beautiful light, TFS


Impressive photo Foozi! Very good composition, wonderful BG, fantastic lighting and very good sharpness!

Hello Foozi,
Now I am watching such a bird which I have tried several times to capture,but couldn't frame it clearly.So it's a special picture to me.Very beautiful colour adjustment.Nice sharpness and green BG.I like the POV and its pose too.Well done friend.

Thanks for sharing in TN.
Kind regards,

Ciao Foozi, lovely diagonal composition with beautiful bird in nice pose, excellent sharpness, fine details, splendid light and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

Hello Foozi,
Nice capture with excellent details and colours,composition and POV is remarkable.
TFS and my regards,

很漂亮鳥 照的很清楚
眼睛照的很迷人 嘴巴很大啊

This one appears to be looking RIGHT at you! and SMILING! love this, the POV..perfect cropping my friend..just adore this one

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2013-02-02 2:53]

Hello Foozi,
Odd thast we usually see this kingfisher perched on a wire!
This is a fine capture, taken from a good POV with clarity and natural colours. Ilike the pose and the sight of a little blue on its wing.
Thanks and best regards,

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2013-02-02 5:18]

Very colorful portrait of this great KF on wire with good pose...composition could have been better. tfs.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2013-02-02 5:26]

Hello Foozi,
Excellent presentation of this White-throated Kingfisher. Attractive curious pose with eye contact. Beautiful colours, good sharpness, great composition and a splendid contrasting background.

Salam Foozi,
An excellent close-up with fine colors, details & pose. Nice presentation & POV. TFS & best salam!


Hello Foozi,
Fantastic picture with green BG.
perfect colour, sharpness and posture.
best wishes,
Personally i do not like any man made object in the nature photography. as a avid nature photographer you can avoid it.
Don't mind my friend.

hello Foozi
super good composition with beautiful colours and nice details
greeting lou

Hallo Foozi
The Halcyon smyrnensis is a beautiful bird with prominent and striking details, and you have captured it well. I like the detail in the plumage, emphasised beautifully by the natural sunlight in the image. I like the very close point of view. I agree with Ram about the backdrop. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

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  • IronM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 144 W: 3 N: 345] (2608)
  • [2013-02-04 10:11]

Hi Foozi,
this is an amzing photo, wonderful details, natural colors, lovely composition, perfect BG !
Well done !
Best regards !

Salam Foozi,

Hope you are doing fine and photography is going great. This is once again a quality shot from you of this elegant white breasted kingfisher. We do have this species here, quite common and it is also as beautiful as is yours.
Your angle, the background, the plumage of the bird, the backlight in its eye, the wire, the claws and the beak which tears the prey apart, all exquisitely captured. Impressive indeed!
Thanks a lot for sharing...take care...best regards/Abid

Hello Foozi,

You're capturing well this bird by a good composition and excellent tone/clarity, so it's interesting and impressive to see the bird with the red beak, the body with brown/white and feather with blue/brown/gray. It's impressive in sharp eyes, too. And, it's effective for the stop wire on a diagonal line in this image.

Kind regards,

Salam Foozi.
This is a fine shot with excellent plumage details. Beautiful sharp details against the plain green background. Top drawer bird shot and thanks for sharing.

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