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Challenge: Free Study 2013-02 (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: FS 2013
Camera: Nikon D7000
Lens: Sigma 100-300mm F/4.0 EX IF HSM for Nikon
Location: Pilanesberg Nature Reserve, NW, South Africa
Date: Feb 24, 2013
Aperture: f/6.3
ISO: 800
Shutter: 1/640s
Galleries: Birds
Date Uploaded: Feb 28, 2013

The Pied Kingfisher (Ceryle rudis) is a water kingfisher and is found widely distributed across Africa and Asia. Their black and white plumage, crest and the habit of hovering over clear lakes and rivers before diving for fish makes it distinctive. Once getting to them in the wild, these Kings are "reasonably" easy to photograph when on a branch, however the eye, which is solid black and lies inside a black mask of feathers is very hard to get separation from those feathers. Mostly the eye is invisible in photographs. That takes hours of timing and patience to get the catch light and the curvature.

Please Site Council can we have a "WILDLIFE" category...NATURE is technically a description for Zoo Lions and garden passers-by attracted by sugar water and seed feeders, peanut butter and other tricks.

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ETA: Not a bad result I guess for a JABS :) Thank you for the lovely comments, they really are the best part of DPC as were the commentators votes!: Avg (commenters): 8.2500

Here's one in flight with sushi.

Place: 13 out of 205
Avg (all users): 6.4818
Avg (commenters): 8.2500
Avg (participants): 6.3816
Avg (non-participants): 6.7059
Views since voting: 624
Views during voting: 214
Votes: 110
Comments: 15
Favorites: 1 (view)

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10/14/2013 10:21:56 PM
Simply spectacular. Circle of life in fine feathery (and gasping fish) detail.
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03/08/2013 12:10:02 PM
Well, yeah Harvey. You nailed this one.
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03/08/2013 11:41:01 AM
Congrats, Harvey. This is your genre, for sure. I don't have the patience. I'm too busy throwing cloth into the air...
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03/08/2013 09:27:37 AM
I thought this would be on the first page. Still a strong finish though.
Superb shot.
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03/08/2013 03:26:29 AM
I hoped it was yours, when I saw it. The light is handled so well, and the DOF is forever,as far as I'm concerned. [Where it matters of course, just look at the nice bokeh]

Thirteenth, very well done.

Message edited by author 2013-03-08 03:39:45.
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03/08/2013 02:50:24 AM
Well done, Harvey, I thought this could be yours; one of my seven 7s.
Must say, though, the Kingfishers over here are more beautiful :)
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/07/2013 09:39:11 PM
Exceptional capture (for you and the Kingfisher). Beautiful light and great detail. Very engaging, even if he does have a dead fish in his beak ;-)
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03/06/2013 09:38:05 AM
wow, great kingfisher shot. super focus and dof.
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03/05/2013 08:44:21 PM
Great catch for both of you. Super sharp well done.
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03/05/2013 08:27:47 PM
Great job gettting this. It's not an easy captue! The lighting is excellent.
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03/05/2013 12:41:42 PM
Almost as big as he is - good catch by both of you. Voted earlier.
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03/04/2013 09:05:20 PM
Tack sharp. What a capture. Even the fish is astonished
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03/04/2013 11:06:49 AM
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03/02/2013 08:50:06 PM
Great shot.
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03/02/2013 09:53:40 AM
Wow! Love it. Great catch and great catch. 10

Pied Kingfisher (Ceryle rudis). This is a male, as indicated by the double band across the chest. Widely distributed across Africa and Asia. But, I'll guess sub-Saharan Africa for this fine specimen.
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