Buff-breasted Paradise Kingfisher

Posted by gregc on Mon Jan 23, 2023 7:37 am

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Male Buff-breasted Paradise Kingfisher (Tanysiptera sylvia), the female has slightly shorter streamers, and besides, she is in the nest with recently hatched chicks, while the male is on food delivery duties. When the chicks are larger the female will also gather food.
These gorgeous birds don't take into account bird photographers preferred techs and lighting conditions when choosing to nest in termite mounds on the floor of the dark wet tropical rainforest. They migrate to North Queensland to breed from PNG, and will return after the breeding season is over. 

ISO 32,000, 600mm, f4, 1/1000, on Canon R5.

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by Carol Clarke on Mon Jan 23, 2023 8:39 am
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A lovely image of this beautiful species Greg - that's the trouble with nature as you well know, they don't come looking for us, we have to search for them in their preferred habitat!

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by Ed Cordes on Mon Jan 23, 2023 8:47 am
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Beautiful shot Greg. The colors pop out of the background on the full-size image. Yes, nature doesn't always make it easy for us. But, hey, that's the fun and the challenge. If it were easy anyone could do it.
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by Axel Hildebrandt on Mon Jan 23, 2023 9:58 am
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Very attractive Kingfisher species and thanks for the extra info, Greg.
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by SantaFeJoe on Mon Jan 23, 2023 10:02 am
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32,000 ISO, WOW!!! What a beautiful creature. The colors and plumage are incredible. If only I had that ability to use that ISO at 1/1000 sec. in the old days, I would have some amazing images. Using ISO 50 Velvia just couldn't cut it. Now situations don't present themselves the same as before. Technology has made huge advances in recent years and I'm grateful for that.

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by david fletcher on Mon Jan 23, 2023 1:55 pm
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It's shocking to hear they don't consider bird photographers too well, Greg.  But hey!  what a cracking shot at 32,000.   :)  Big thumbs up!
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by Dan Kearl on Mon Jan 23, 2023 6:54 pm
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Excellent processing and a nice look at the species...

by Karl Egressy on Mon Jan 23, 2023 8:23 pm
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Great clarity at high ISO. Lovely image.

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