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Oriental Dwarf Kingfisher


Posted by Krish Chandran on Thu Jun 17, 2021 8:31 pm

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Oriental Dwarf Kingfisher 

The Oriental Dwarf Kingfisher (aka Black-backed Kingfisher) is resident to the Indian Subcontinent and SE Asia.

 They breed in July- August during the rains. The nest is a hollowed-out cavity in a vertical soft mud wall. The eggs hatch in 17 days and the hatchlings fledge in 20. In this 20 day period both parents spend the whole day feeding the young ones with progressively larger prey. They feed on reptiles, insects and fish and pretty much any animal life of that size.

What we're seeing here is a 2/3 second pause on a perch close to the nest, for a quick predator check, before the bird enters the nest to feed.

Nikon D500, Nikon 400mm F2.8, Teleconverter TC 14E III @560mm on a tripod
1/180, F8, ISO 1600
Auto WB, Spot Metering, Full Manual

PS:  If you think this image is oversaturated check this out.


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by david fletcher on Fri Jun 18, 2021 1:04 am
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Impressive catch and image Krish. Congratulations. Like the link to your other images too.
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by ADKShooter on Fri Jun 18, 2021 4:21 am
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You should have titled this the same as my most recent post.....'a mouthful".  Fantastic detail and striking color. This is really a wonderful image of a beautiful bird with good descriptive information giving context to what is being seen.  Well done.
 

by gregc on Fri Jun 18, 2021 5:40 am
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Impressive is so many ways, the bird, the prey, the image. Lucky youngster!
 

by Cynthia Crawford on Fri Jun 18, 2021 7:01 am
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Terrific shot with prey. Sure is colorful!! Looks like a popular bird to photograph-you got an excellent pose!
Care to share your shooting details?
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by Carol Clarke on Fri Jun 18, 2021 9:01 am
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Wonderful image of this beautiful kingfisher and lizard prey, Krish!  

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by Krish Chandran on Fri Jun 18, 2021 9:35 am
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david fletcher wrote:
Impressive catch and image Krish.  Congratulations.  Like the link to your other images too.


Thank you so much !
 

by Krish Chandran on Fri Jun 18, 2021 9:36 am
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ADKShooter wrote:
You should have titled this the same as my most recent post.....'a mouthful".  Fantastic detail and striking color. This is really a wonderful image of a beautiful bird with good descriptive information giving context to what is being seen.  Well done.


It is quite a mouthful  :D. Thank you so much !! Glad you like it.
 

by Krish Chandran on Fri Jun 18, 2021 9:37 am
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gregc wrote:
Impressive is so many ways, the bird, the prey, the image. Lucky youngster!



Thank you so much !!
 

by Krish Chandran on Fri Jun 18, 2021 9:38 am
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Cynthia Crawford wrote:
Terrific shot with prey.  Sure is colorful!!  Looks like a popular bird to photograph-you got an excellent pose!
Care to share your shooting details?


Thank you so much Cynthia ! Shooting details included.
 

by Krish Chandran on Fri Jun 18, 2021 9:39 am
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Carol Clarke wrote:
Wonderful image of this beautiful kingfisher and lizard prey, Krish!  

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Thank you so much !!
 

by Des on Fri Jun 18, 2021 11:16 am
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Love this. I've never managed to get close enough with this species. Well done.
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by LILABATI on Tue Jun 29, 2021 8:44 am
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Wonderful catch ....perfect timing !
 

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