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10-MAY-2006

IMG_9902-600x800.jpg

Spotted Wood-kingfisher
(a Philippine endemic, female)

Scientific name - Actenoides lindsayi

Habitat - Lowland forest understory, perches motionless in dark recesses.

[20D + 500 f4 L IS, on tripod]

Canon EOS 20D
1/20s f/4.0 at 500.0mm iso800 full exif

other sizes: small medium original
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Sonja Ross05-Nov-2008 03:16
Great colours - you do have some lovely Kingfishers.
Blaise 06-Feb-2008 13:45
Wonderful! The bokeh is so smooth and I love the twinkle in its eye.
romy ocon10-Jan-2007 04:55
This bird prefers to perch in the dark recesses under the rainforest's canopy. As such, it's a very tough subject to find and photograph well. I got lucky with this specific individual at Mt. Makiling when it allowed me to get very close. Even shooting wide open with the 500 f4 L IS, light was so low that I was forced to use ISO 800 and 1/20 sec. The clean, subtle background, the classic pose, the spot-on exposure, and the amazing detail obtained despite the low light allowed this capture to barge into my Top endemics gallery. Even the spider webs are a welcome enhancement!

This photo replaced that of the same species also previously taken at Mt. Makiling.
Guest 29-Jul-2006 09:44
What a lovely Kingfisher.
Eric Cote16-May-2006 00:55
Another superb capture Romy. You're striking me with the settings you use. I presume you use a cable remote for shots at such focal lenght and shutter speed. That lens and Sigmonster simply are in a class of its own ! But the photographer makes a huge difference regardless.
csmallari13-May-2006 13:54
Another excellent capture Romy !!!! What a wonderful bird :-)
Rodrigo Mendoza10-May-2006 13:34
very beautiful