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Common kingfisher (male) enjoy its spoils I have never managed to get this close to one of these guys, but this one stayed sat for me as I edged closer and closer, until i was just 2-3m away....  Fantastic...  an un-cropped shot! :) 2015,5D mkIII,Alcedo atthis,April2015competition,Common Kingfisher,Geotagged,India,Karnataka,Ranganthittu Bird Sanctuary,Sanctuary,Spring,adhocphotographer,asia,copyright Click/tap to enlarge Promoted

Common kingfisher (male) enjoy its spoils

I have never managed to get this close to one of these guys, but this one stayed sat for me as I edged closer and closer, until i was just 2-3m away.... Fantastic... an un-cropped shot! :)

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  1. Lucky you, I saw one from a distance just enough to recogrise it by the colours. It disappeared in a few seconds. I waited for it to come back to the same perch but in vain. Posted 7 years ago
    1. This was exceptionally lucky... I think it was tired after it's fishing trip! :) Posted 7 years ago
  2. superb Posted 7 years ago
    1. Thank you. :) Posted 7 years ago
  3. Great capture John. This is a male in case you were not aware. You can tell by the beak. The male has an all black beak and the female has orange underneath. Posted 7 years ago
    1. I was not aware of that, but I am extremely happy to know it now! Thanks for the info. To be fair, it is rare enough to get close to them, let alone start to question their sex! :) Posted 7 years ago
      1. No problem John. Yes i agree, when you do see one it is normally a blue flash zipping across the water and gone before you know it. Posted 7 years ago
        1. I must thank you again for that info Garry, i used this weekend while on safari and received some amazed stares from my fellow naturalists! ;) I like this kind of trivia! :) Posted 7 years ago

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The Common Kingfisher is a small kingfisher with seven subspecies recognized within its wide distribution across Eurasia and North Africa. It is resident in much of its range, but migrates from areas where rivers freeze in winter.

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Uploaded Mar 29, 2015. Captured Mar 29, 2015 12:08 in Road to Car parking, Karnataka 571427, India.
  • Canon EOS 5D Mark III
  • f/5.6
  • 1/200s
  • ISO800
  • 700mm