Buff-breasted Paradise-Kingfisher


Posted by gregc on Wed Apr 03, 2024 9:57 pm

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Male Buff-breasted Paradise-Kingfisher (Tanysiptera sylvia). Captured on the same day as my last post, but with another different rig. 

ISO8000, 840mm, f5.6, 1/320, with R5.

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by david fletcher on Thu Apr 04, 2024 3:05 am
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Another fine shot Greg. Nicely done. My pick of the bunch is number 2. FWIW
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by himadri roy on Thu Apr 04, 2024 3:07 am
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Beautiful species and image.
 

by Peter Ireland on Thu Apr 04, 2024 3:54 am
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A lovely pose that shows off the Kingfisher in all its splendour.
 

by Carol Clarke on Thu Apr 04, 2024 5:54 am
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Another lovely capture Greg, I wonder why nature decided to give a kingfisher such a long tail when it has to dive into water to catch prey.....usually they have a much stumpier one.

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by Axel Hildebrandt on Thu Apr 04, 2024 6:00 am
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He posed really nicely for you, great to see the habitat, too, Greg.
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by Karl Egressy on Thu Apr 04, 2024 8:18 am
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Great looking back pose, good continuation of the original post.
 

by peter makuch on Thu Apr 04, 2024 10:40 am
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from all of them is one is the better looking one, nicely done GREG.
 

by gregc on Thu Apr 04, 2024 6:08 pm
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Carol Clarke wrote: Another lovely capture Greg, I wonder why nature decided to give a kingfisher such a long tail when it has to dive into water to catch prey.....usually they have a much stumpier one.

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Hi Carol, these ones don't hunt into water, they catch insects, frogs, lizards, etc from the rainforest floor. However your design question is still relevant when you consider they make nests burrowing into termite mounds, the dimensions are often smaller than the bill to tail tip length. So they tend to get very worn during the nesting season. Might also be why the streamers on the female are a but shorter. 
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by Carol Clarke on Fri Apr 05, 2024 5:01 am
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Carol Clarke wrote: Another lovely capture Greg, I wonder why nature decided to give a kingfisher such a long tail when it has to dive into water to catch prey.....usually they have a much stumpier one.

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Hi Carol, these ones don't hunt into water, they catch insects, frogs, lizards, etc from the rainforest floor. However your design question is still relevant when you consider they make nests burrowing into termite mounds, the dimensions are often smaller than the bill to tail tip length. So they tend to get very worn during the nesting season. Might also be why the streamers on the female are a but shorter. 
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Thanks for your informative reply Greg!  I always find the detail fascinating.  :)

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by paul fletcher on Fri Apr 05, 2024 8:11 pm
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An excellent series of Kingfisher images, Greg.
 

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