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And now, the couple of red-and-yellow barbets (Samburu)

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I'm sorta resurrecting this old old thread to put in some photos of pittas.  @offshorebirder had asked me in his joint TR with inyathi to put up some photos of the pittas we had seen in Southeast

Half-collared Kingfisher   Morgan's Bay, December 2019  

I think if I got a photo of the Malayan Banded Pitta as good as that one @Kitsafari I would hang up my camera for good. Stunning. Seeing as how I got directed here from @offshorebirder's Trip rep

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Tom Kellie

And now, the couple of red-and-yellow barbets (Samburu)

 

~ @@Bush dog

 

It seldom gets as fine as that!

I've seen these at Samburu so admire the superb true-to-life color.

The focus lighting and overall composition is what I aspire to.

Thank you so much for sharing your artistry with us!

Tom K.

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Barranco Alto (Pantanal)

 

Amazon Kingfisher (Female)

 

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Ringed Kingfisher

 

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Love the Amazon Kingfisher @@Bush dog . What a gorgeous bird and superb images of it.

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Tom Kellie

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Crested Barbet in Sabi Sands



Photographed on 5 October, 2015 at 8:10 am in Leopard Hills Private Game Reserve, Sabi Sands, South Africa with an EOS 1D X camera and an EF 400mm f/5.6L super-telephoto lens.



ISO 200, 1/1250 sec., f/5.6, 400mm focal length, handheld Manual exposure.



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~ When I arrived at Leopard Hills I'd specifically inquired whether or not a barbet sighting might be possible, as they've been a favorite during game drives in Kenya.



This Crested Barbet stood out from the bare branches and blue sky, its plumage brightly distinctive. What has appealed to me about barbets is their energy — confident, active birds.


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Collared Kingfisher, Fiji

 

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@@Treepol gorgeous!!

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Never Say ‘Never’



Taken on 1 October, 2014 at 7:31 am in Meru National Park, Kenya, using an EOS 1D X camera with an EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II super-telephoto lens


ISO 320, f/3.2, 1/2000 sec., 400mm handheld Shutter Priority shooting mode in a safari van guided by @@Anthony Gitau of Bigmac Africa Safaris.


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~ Throughout our days in Meru National Park Anthony and I had joked to one another that Meru's wildlife gave photographers one single photo opportunity then promptly left.


It seemed that if one wasn't quick on the shutter button, there'd be no second chance. However, this Halcyon leucocephala, Grey-headed Kingfisher, was the exception.


During the final morning game drive prior to heading out to Samburu, we paused to photograph this kingfisher at close range for two full minutes. Never say ‘never’.

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Beautiful photo @@Tom Kellie!

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Tom Kellie

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Female d’Arnaud's Barbet

 

Taken on 1 October, 2014 at 5:21 pm in Samburu National Reserve, Kenya, using an EOS 1D X camera with an EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II super-telephoto lens

 

ISO 160, f/3.2, 1/2000 sec., 400mm handheld Shutter Priority shooting mode in a safari van guided by @@Anthony Gitau of Bigmac Africa Safaris.

 

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~ After an extended oryx sighting and an excellent elephant sighting we were wending our way deeper into Samburu in order to make best use of the remaining daylight.
 
Looking out the right side I noticed a brightly colored bird in the shade of tree branches. It flew down to the track for this d’Arnaud's Barbet portrait.
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Kitsafari

I'm sorta resurrecting this old old thread to put in some photos of pittas. 

@offshorebirder had asked me in his joint TR with inyathi to put up some photos of the pittas we had seen in Southeast Asia to see if they had the similar straightup stance that the African pitta had. They certainly do. I like how they would hop a little, pause while standing up straight and listen for any unusual sound before hopping forward again.

 

These are mostly photos from my OH who has a far better skill and camera than mine!

 

Blue-Winged Pitta, SIngapore, fattened and fuelled up for his flight back home to northern Asia

 

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Hooded Pitta, Singapore

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Mangrove Pitta, Singapore

 

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Malayan banded pitta, Southern Thailand, 2018

a rather rare sighting - we waited four hours in the hides for this stunning beauty to appear. it was worth the wait. 

 

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And an exhausted blue-winged pitta flew into the kitchen last October. the tired pittas fly in from northern Asia, often landing in our buildings as they seek shelter, a resting point, and a refuge. 

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@Kitsafari beautiful birds and photos.

The Banded Pitta was well worth the wait, a really stunning bird.

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@Kitsafari

 

I think I could wait a whole day to see those Pitta not in the least that Malayan banded pitta which might well be one of the most beautiful birds I have ever seen !

 

 

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Loverly additions @Kitsafari

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Malachite Kingfisher

 

an African gem, Malachite Kingfisher, Chobe River

 

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I think if I got a photo of the Malayan Banded Pitta as good as that one @Kitsafari I would hang up my camera for good. Stunning.

Seeing as how I got directed here from @offshorebirder's Trip report I see no reason to let the Topic fade just yet. I have no Pitta pictures apart from an Indian that barely clears the EBC hurdle but I can perhaps help out with Kingfishers and Barbets.

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Grey headed Kingfisher. Fort Portal. Uganda 2018.

 

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African Pygmy Kingfisher. The old road to Semliki over the Rwuwenzori. Uganda 2018 (The road is now superceded by a modern tar highway. Twice as fast but not as scenic.)

 

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Blue-breasted Kingfisher. QENP. Uganda 2018.

And within 100 metres we also found this....

 

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Shining Blue Kingfisher. QENP, Uganda 2018.

 

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Yellow-billed Barbet. Bigodi Swamp. Uganda 2018.

 

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Here is the common Narina Trogon. Kibale Forest. Uganda 2018.

 

And a Sunbird?

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Rwenzori Double-collared Sunbird. Broadbill Camp. Ruihija, Uganda 2018.

 

Do Turacos count? Here is one I prepared earlier.

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Black-billed Turaco. Broadbill Camp, Ruhija, Uganda 2015.

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Half-collared Kingfisher

 

Morgan's Bay, December 2019

 

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Kitsafari

lovely additions all!

just to add to the kingfisher series here....

two days ago, a sudden downpour sent a kingfisher into our front porch hoping for some shelter from the rain. But he saw us moving at the back of the house, and stop short at the fence instead, and posed for us, drenched in the rain...

White-throated Kingfisher

 

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@Galana I'm hoping we see some of those little gems on our trip!

 

@Kitsafari I'm very jealous of your fantastic pitta shots! 

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Peter Connan

@Kitsafari, I also want a garden with Kingfishers in it!

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4 hours ago, kittykat23uk said:

@Galana I'm hoping we see some of those little gems on our trip!

@kittykat23uk As I was posting them I could not help but notice that all but the first two were on your route and your interest may be piqued. I need hardly add that there is an element of luck involved.

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Yep, I've seen narina trogon, but not very well. Any little gems will get my vote. But I am also hoping for that clog-faced brute of a bird too.. 🤞

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