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Grey-headed kingfisher

Grey-headed kingfisher
: Zeno Swijtink (Zeno) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1329] (10715)
: Animals
: 2012-02-22
: Birds
: Nikon D7100, Nikon 300mm VR 2.8 D + TC 2X
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/400
: 2012-03-08 1:13
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The Gambia is the country of the kingfisher. I saw in a couple of days 6 different species.

The Grey-headed Kingfisher (Halcyon leucocephala) has a wide distribution from the Cape Verde Islands off the north-west coast of Africa to Mauritania, Senegal and Gambia, east to Ethiopia, Somalia and southern Arabia and south to South Africa.

A dry-country kingfisher of scrub and woodland, solitary or in pairs, often found near water, but unlike most kingfishers is not aquatic. Perches on branch, unmoving for long periods while watching the ground for signs of insects or small lizards, bobbing head before diving on prey. In appearance very like the Brown-hooded Kingfisher but with a red rather than red and black bill and similar to the Woodland Kingfisher, but the Woodland Kingfisher lacks the chestnut belly and has greater coverage of cyan feathers on the back. Nests in holes in steep riverbanks and is aggressively protective of its nest by repeated dive-bombing of foraging Monitor lizards. It is parasitised by the Greater Honeyguide. This species migrates at night and is often killed by flying into obstacles such as buildings, towers and powerlines.

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Great pic - great bird. Thanks for showing us these beauties.

Hello Zeno,
great picture with optimum detail and colour. good composition too.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5099 W: 166 N: 13042] (48618)
  • [2012-03-08 7:09]

Hallo Zeno,
Grote klasse, deze foto! De mooiste foto van deze soort die ik ooit gezien heb. Prima scherpte, mooie kleuren en helemaal vrij van de vage achtergrond. Uitstekende compositie.

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2012-03-08 7:14]

Beautiful portrait and what a colorful kingfisher, fine lighting and composition. tfs.

Bonjour Zeno,
Trs belle valorisation du sujet dans une belle attitude et sous une excellente profondeur de champ permettant d'apprcier la finesse des dtails ; la lumire me parait trs lgrement trop forte mais fait resplendir de trs belles couleurs.
A bientt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

Another amazing bird and another great photo Zeno! Very good composition, beautiful BG, wonderful colours and impressive sharpness!

Hello Zeno
I love this species.Great POV and composition.Wonderful colors and very good sharpness.
Thank You
Best regards

hi Zeno,
i already had made a critique on this photograph last night. got vanished (sigh). anyway, here i go again... what to say? this photograph is simply perfect. good light, perfect sharpness and clarity... and more than that, a new bird to me... i envy your experience of seeing it on your own :)
yes, one more favourite of mine.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6695] (25837)
  • [2012-03-09 4:14]

Hello Zeno.
this is indeed a wonderful one. Never see it before. Such a sharp image and its details and colours are wonderful.
Excellent presentation and its a new experience for mw to see this.


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