Shot taken at Bashirhat( a town near Kolkata).. You can see two White Throated Kingfishers..
About This Bird:-
The White-throated Kingfisher (Halcyon smyrnensis) also known as the White-breasted Kingfisher or Smyrna Kingfisher, is a tree kingfisher, widely distributed in Eurasia from Bulgaria, Turkey, West Asia east through the Indian Subcontinent to the Philippines. This kingfisher is a resident over much of its range, although some populations may make short distance movements. It can often be found well away from water where it feeds on a wide range of prey that includes small reptiles, amphibians, crabs, small rodents and even birds. During the breeding season they call loudly in the mornings from prominent perches including the tops of buildings in urban areas or on wires.
This is a large kingfisher, 28 cm in length. The adult has a bright blue back, wings and tail. Its head, shoulders, flanks and lower belly are chestnut, and the throat and breast are white. The large bill and legs are bright red. The flight of the White-throated Kingfisher is rapid and direct, the short rounded wings whirring. In flight, large white patches are visible on the blue and black wings. Sexes are similar, but juveniles are a duller version of the adult.
This species forms a superspecies with Halcyon cyanoventris and most major works recognize four geographic races. They vary clinally in size, the shades of blue on the mantle which is more greenish in smyrnensis and fusca and more blue or purplish in saturatior.
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photographer_sg (2542) 2014-05-19 2:15
this is a beautiful picture of the colourful birds perfectly highlightec against the blurred background. The diagonal branch and the two birds perfectly positioned in the frame. Excellent composition with fine details and sharpness.
Thanks for sharing and have a great new week ahead.
papagolf21 (82982) 2014-05-19 2:24
Félicitations pour cette très belle prise de vue.
La version large nous permet de voir cette conversation à deux oiseaux.
Très bonne journée.
kwekwekan (1028) 2014-05-19 8:35
Great capture of these beautiful birds - I like the positioning of the birds very much as if they are facing each other in conversation. You have composed the image very well with the green leaves acting as a nice frame and the single branch moving nicely through the picture.
ktanska (23932) 2014-05-19 11:07
Impressive shot of this couple of colourful birds. Those big beaks really catch attention, especially as the other one has it open. Good focus and nice blurry background.
Noel_Byrne (20169) 2014-05-19 13:06
Such exotic creatures, certainly not a species I see in the wild here in Ireland. Beautiful colors to their plumage, and the control over depth of field is perfect. A lush and lively scene, filled with the wonder of nature. Nicely done.
siudzi (31831) 2014-05-19 14:49
What a beautiful study of nature! Really impressive capture taken with a perfectly executed DOF to get such a lovely presentation. Well done! TFS.
jhm (134540) 2014-05-20 5:10
A nice couple Kingfishers, pleasant picture with these two birds.
Your pictures is nice to look at.
Nice composition good presentation,
Very well done, TFS.
abmdsudi (38884) 2014-05-21 7:38
Exotic birds in natural environment and a wonderful view to really look at what's out there. You get drawn right into it, Inspiring view, you can see and feel what the creature standing atop felt. Gorgeous colours, natural tones, sharp in focus and the lovely soft diffuse background. What more the position is spot on to give the impact! Great capture, Congrats TFS
macjake (51476) 2014-06-16 22:10
you often post the beautiful photos of birds in your native land, and here is another.
stunning isn't it.
hard to believe the beak is so long compared to the size of the head and body and legs.
well done to capture them in the low light thats available.
- Copyright: Indrasish Guha (Indrasish) (2781)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-02-12
- Categories: Nature, Decisive Moment
- Camera: Nikon D200 DSLR, 80-200mm Nikon
- Exposure: f/4, 1/320 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2014-05-19 2:05