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Brown-hooded kingfisher

By Newtman
On our recent safari in Zambia I probably took more shots of this species than any other. There was one at our first lodge that I photographed daily, but I could never get quite close enough, and there was always a distracting background.

Then, out on the river one day, this one flew onto a dead branch right in front of us, with a clear blue sky behind. It is a shame about that small branch in front of the one it is perching on, but all in all I am pleased with this shot. Hope you enjoy it too.

Tags: General Africa Kingfisher Bird Zambia Wildlife and nature

Voters: mrsvee, ambrosej9, DOGSBODY and 42 more

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mrsvee 11 1 England
8 Oct 2008 8:25AM
Superb image.
Great detail & colour.
Well done.

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DOGSBODY 11 1.4k 30 England
8 Oct 2008 8:28AM
Great composition. Looks really good against that blue. Andy
BERTRAM 11 United Kingdom
8 Oct 2008 8:29AM
A super shot,well captured.
casson 13 3 United Kingdom
8 Oct 2008 8:39AM
A lovely shot
lesgoodey 14 5 1 England
8 Oct 2008 8:54AM
Great looking bird, nice shot.
8 Oct 2008 9:01AM
Super image. Sylvia
jove 11 United Kingdom
8 Oct 2008 9:14AM
Super image.
Great detail.
Well done.
iancam 11 23 England
8 Oct 2008 9:20AM
Superb image. Ian
pentony 12 3 England
8 Oct 2008 9:33AM
WOW.....Great shot.

freybird 13 1 England
8 Oct 2008 9:35AM
Nice capture, well framed. Geoff
dawnmichelle 12 12 United States
8 Oct 2008 9:44AM
fantastic shot and so lovely
8 Oct 2008 10:08AM
Fantastic. Beautifully composed
SurreyHillsMan 12 27 2 England
8 Oct 2008 11:53AM
Cracking detail and lovely catchlight in the eye

8 Oct 2008 12:43PM
Too bad the small branch in front, but its still a cracking shot!
ChazB 14 64 3 United Kingdom
8 Oct 2008 2:26PM
Excellent detail and well positioned in the frame, a stunning capture.
taggart Plus
15 47 14 United States
8 Oct 2008 3:50PM
Emphasis on that astonishing ly large beak-- A beautiful clear image!
agednovice 13 10 United Kingdom
8 Oct 2008 3:56PM
Great capture.Good detail.
rontear Plus
16 21 8 England
8 Oct 2008 7:03PM
Beautiful detail David. Ron.
janty66 12 3 England
8 Oct 2008 7:07PM
top shot, excellent capture..
BURNSIE 11 25 4 England
8 Oct 2008 8:42PM
Very nice capture.
8 Oct 2008 9:55PM
Stunning image

Karrol 11 29 England
9 Oct 2008 1:23AM
well done
whiteswan01 11 13 England
10 Oct 2008 11:12PM
stunning i would have loads to
pluckyfilly 13 351 33 United Kingdom
11 Oct 2008 1:31PM
superbly colourful bird with good detail, colour and sharp as a pin
adderman 13 8 1
13 Oct 2008 1:22PM
Now that is brilliant David, super detail throughout and well isolated using the sky. I love the space in this one and it is much more well balanced than many of your other bird images. Great work, look forward to more..

piccy 13 8 Wales
13 Oct 2008 6:35PM
Lovley shot of this gorgeous bird.
shelldud 11 15 England
14 Oct 2008 10:02AM
perfect shot you have an excellent P/F
consistently great
49er 13 564
14 Oct 2008 9:00PM
ShedMan 14 3 2 South Africa
15 Oct 2008 7:51AM
I've never managed to get close enough to one to get such a good shot as this, mine are all blurry and grainy. Maybe now I have a decent camera I'll get a chance to capture a shot like this. Superb detail and wonderful colours. Just as a little trivia fact, this species doesn't actually eat fish!

trissie 13 United Kingdom
16 Oct 2008 7:19AM
A lovely image, well captured.

GazW 12 15 5 Wales
24 Oct 2008 12:24PM
Lovely composition and detail
Wilmot 11 338 1 United Kingdom
19 Nov 2008 6:44PM
Stunning shot.
paulvo 13 2 United States
12 Mar 2009 2:33PM
Outstanding shot.

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