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Indigo-banded Kingfisher
(a Philippine endemic, male)

Scientific name - Alcedo cyanopecta

Habitat - Uncommon, restricted to clear fresh water streams up to at least 1500 m.

[350D + Sigmonster (Sigma 300-800 DG), using MLU at 0.5 sec shutter speed)

Canon EOS 350D
1/2s f/10.0 at 800.0mm iso200 full exif

other sizes: small medium original auto
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Simon Ku20-Sep-2008 16:12
pstone13-Mar-2008 03:26
Beautiful bird, stunning image.
Robert Scanlon06-Feb-2008 13:24
Outstanding shot.
Guest 05-Feb-2008 21:30
Breathtaking Picture, amazing detail, superb.
Guest 01-Jan-2008 15:04
A bit special!!
Esa Ervasti19-Dec-2007 11:50
Stunning work man!
Andy Dremeaux27-Sep-2007 04:42
Fantastic shot. Wish you didn't go so overboard on the saturation, though, the bird's feet look damn near radioactive!
romy ocon10-Jan-2007 04:54
Aside from the non-natural perch, all elements in this capture are something that I'd willingly exchange an arm and a leg for. One of the more difficult Philippine endemics to find and see, this bird inhabits dark mountain streams. Finding and seeing it is definitely enough to make a serious birder's day. Photo-documenting it, no matter how lousy it is captured, would multiply that joy ten-fold.

But to find and capture it with this extraordinary amount of detail, in soft color-enhancing light, is an out-of-this-world experience. This is probably the most detailed pic of this species ever taken in the wild. I'm glad that my equipment, clumsy photography technique and meager birding skills came together to make this possible.

This photo of one of the world's most beautiful kingfishers is on top of the food chain as far as my Top endemics list is concerned.
Tim van Woensel13-Dec-2006 09:17
Stunning photo! The colours are out of this world! Beautiful.
Nick Powell26-Nov-2006 23:27
Superb! The colours and resolution are just amazing, well done! Voted
Matt Latham 15-Nov-2006 11:42
Terry Alexander02-Oct-2006 13:54
One of the best, got my vote
Dan Bellyk 23-Sep-2006 14:49
Beautiful shot, just amazing!

Yves Rubin22-Sep-2006 14:31
Fantastic image, you have a way to render colors that is so unique.
Guest 24-May-2006 10:54
Simply wonderfull !! Amazing colors !
Guest 05-May-2006 02:43
Picture of the year!
Guest 06-Apr-2006 11:07
SUPERBE ! 09-Mar-2006 18:36
An unbelievable shot - 800mm and 1/2 sec with this result. Great work !
Good light for yours exciting photos from Czech Rep.
Ton, Ben & Rob Nagtegaal05-Mar-2006 08:39
Wow beautiful picture of a beautiful bird what a coulors and what a detail.
Great job.
Gr Rob
Luc VN07-Feb-2006 12:30
Very nice bird picture,with great details and nice colors.
Patrick DEBETENCOURT04-Feb-2006 15:48
A stunning shot ! How coulr it be so crispy with a time of exposure of 1/2 s ? Great capture ! Patrick
Guest 03-Feb-2006 04:12
A real cracker! Fantastic feather detail.
Michael Gehrisch28-Jan-2006 06:37
Fantastic shot!
Vikas Malhotra23-Jan-2006 08:09
Simply Stunning, the colours, the sharpness... one of the best K/f shots I have ever seen. Thanks for sharing. Cheers, Vikas.
Guest 14-Jan-2006 03:46
I could vote for this gallery based on this image alone, but the work you've put into the shooting and cataloguing makes this one of the most exceptional ever posted here.
Bravo! Cheers! And congrats on this fine work.
Guest 04-Jan-2006 09:30
Unbelievable shot, especially for at pic taken at 800mm and only half a second shutter speed, simply WOW !!
Wim de Groot31-Dec-2005 18:22
Very nice shot, maybe a little too much saturation?
Canon DSLR Challenge27-Dec-2005 16:44
Gary Woodburn...such a beautiful capture in so many ways, stunning bird, thanks for sharing
Bobby Timonera17-Dec-2005 08:37
Gleng, Kuya Romy! Sarap siguro 20x30" nito. Paglaki ko, tutularan din kita! :-)
Webman0611-Dec-2005 14:44
I'm no bird expert but the picture is execptional in color rendition, sharpness, and details.
Your technic is excellent and so must be your digital darkroom skills.
Voted !!!
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