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Canon
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Canon EOS 20D
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600 mm
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400
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Oct 29, 2006, 4:14:52 PM
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A Ruddy King by garion A Ruddy King by garion
It was sometime in late October last year that my cellphone beeped one lazy Sunday morning when I was still in bed. It was a message from a fellow bird photographer, who said "Ruddy Kingfisher has been spotted at the xxxxxxx Gardens. Come quick if you want to get it!!"

Without further ado I sprang out of bed, grabbed a quick bite and my camera gear, flagged a cab down to the park, about 7 or 8 km away from my home. It was there that I had a close personal encounter with the breathtakingly beautiful Ruddy Kingfisher (Halcyon coromanda), a rare passage migrant to my country. Fortunately it hung around long enough for me to capture its beautiful ruddy orange-red plumage with a slight hint of purplish sheen. One of the most gorgeous kingfishers I have photographed so far!

Canon EOS 20D with 300mm f2.8L w/ 2x teleconverter, tripod mounted.

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Cypselurus Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful shot! :D 
I *just* missed one of these guys in Shanghai..
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reachthetop Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
This piece has been featured in my journal: [link]
enjoy!
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garion Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks so much for the feature! Appreciate it. =D
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reachthetop Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
youre welcome
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FantasyLost Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2007   Digital Artist
Your photography is absolutely stunning. You should have at least 1,000 Fav's on every photo. Although I personally added several to my Fav's List, I narrowed my selections down to this photo as my "most" Favorite of all. Why, when all of them were equally brilliant? I think it's because I loved the toenails on his right foot :)

I love your photography because you allow me to see details as tiny as that!
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Tsky Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2007
beautiful shot, love the vibrant colours
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garion Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you, glad you liked it :)
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dutchshun Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2007
What a beautiful bird and photograph.
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garion Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you! :)
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albertabrie Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
Great shot!
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garion Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks! :)
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It has been found from the word : "AWAY " :devart:

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grittyraisin Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2007   Photographer
This is amazing! I didn't even know this species existed. Beautiful, beautiful shot. :)
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rogercastoro Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
cool bird!! :)
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In-the-picture Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
Glad caught this at [link] and a fave of course :D
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secondclaw Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2007
Perfect DOF and composition - and quiet a bird!
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Cillana Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful bird! And what a bill he has! :D
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garion Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks, yes he (or is it she?) is a beauty. Amazing birds, kingfishers. :)
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talya89 Featured By Owner May 27, 2007
wowwww!! beautiful!
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Zarafa Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2007   Photographer
Stunning capture of a stunning bird. You were lucky it waited around for you! :D
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garion Featured By Owner May 4, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks! Yes, it was very approachable, and seemed not the least bit afraid.
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kkool Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2007   Photographer
wow, what an amazing shot :)
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garion Featured By Owner May 4, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you! :)
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kkool Featured By Owner May 7, 2007   Photographer
:) no probs
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Art-Photo Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2007
Those are truly the most significant and memorable photo, the ones with a story behind the shot, the ones that took so much effort to win. Well done indeed :nod:
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hexlord Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
Awesome shot... incidentally, I was reading a magazine earlier where Andy Rousse (Forgot his exact spelling for his surname) was sharing his experience with shooting kingfishers in the UK. :)
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seeasisee Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2007   Photographer
cool bird! great shot
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