Pied Kingfisher. (A Pre-set Post)

Pied Kingfisher (Ceryle rudis)

I’m not here, but on the road, BUT I was worried you might miss me whilst I’m away, so set this to post on Sunday. I might even get some time to answer your comments from the last few days.

But lets get back to this little fisherman. A very proficient hunter, that  with their black and white plumage, crest and the habit of hovering over clear lakes and rivers before diving for fish, makes it distinctive.

This kingfisher feeds mainly on fish, (maybe that’s why it’s called a kingfisher) although it will take crabs and large aquatic insects such as dragonfly larvae. It usually hunts by hovering over the water looking for prey and diving vertically down bill-first to capture fish.

When not foraging, they have a straight rapid flight and have been observed flying at nearly 32 mph. Fast little fellow that makes capturing him in flight not that easy.. Don’t want to recall how many times I’ve tried to capture this little bird whilst in hover.. when I press the shutter button is when he decides to dive, leaving me with a shot of the clear blue sky… however I have captured it once or twice….

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This is a male hovering,,, distinguishable by the band on his throat….

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And this is a female with the single gorget that is often broken in the middle.

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and now just to confuse you, and me, a stripe and gorget split…. Is this bird Bisexual?? No actually it’s a male…

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“SPLASH” did she get it..??

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Well this one did….

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Malachite Kingfisher .. A Bulldog Swan song.

Malachite Kingfisher (Alcedo cristata)

I cannot tell you how long I’ve tried to get a photo of this bird, but at 5 inches, tail to beak tip, you got to be lucky to get close enough.

I got a photo once which was the best I’ve ever got before yesterday, and this wasn’t even in focus… a classic for the “Worst Bird Photography Ever.”

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This is a species common to reeds and aquatic vegetation near slow moving water or ponds. The flight of the bird is rapid, the short rounded wings whirring until they appear a mere blur. It usually flies low over water.

The bird has a regular stand from which it fishes. These are usually low over the water. It sits upright, its tail pointed downwards. It drops suddenly with a splash and usually returns at once with a struggling captive. No wonder it’s called a “KING fisher”..

The nest is a tunnel in a sandy bank, usually over water. Both work together to excavate. the burrow inclines upward before the nesting chamber is reached. There is no nest, but 3-6 round white eggs are placed on a litter of fish bones and disgorged pellets.

The call of this kingfisher is a short shrill “seek.” The breeding song is a chuckling “li-cha-cha-chui-chui.” and in case you’re not sure, the Bulldog’s bark after this capture is “Yipeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee”

Now drum roll please….. druuuuuum, druuuuuum, Bulldogs capture… (Applause… Applause… Applause)…

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