Dave Williams

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And so, it has come to this: The Kingfishers.

Shall we start with the non-fishing Kingfishers?

The Brown-hooded:

 

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Stunning shot @Dave Williams

 

Woodlands Kingfisher from Marakele:

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And so the time has come for me to play out my hand.

 

I actually think the Pygmy Kingfisher is the prettiest of the Southern African Kingfishers, but I have yet to capture one suitably. The Half-collared is about just as pretty, but again, I don't have any good photos of it. And so I leave you with Malachite Kingfisher Overload...

 

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Strangely enough, all these photos were taken at just one venue, over a period of 4 years. I have seen them elsewhere, but not close enough for good photography.

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gorgeous @Peter Connan

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Beautiful Peter!

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@Peter Connan - I see your Malachite Kingfisher (great pix by the way), and raise you a Pygmy Kingfisher.   Photographed at Tumbili Cliff Lodge, Lake Baringo, Kenya.

 

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You definately win Nathan! Stunning shots of a magnificent little bird!

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I think the Common Kingfisher, Alcedo Atthis  is as handsome as any. This one was seen in Sri Lanka and is one of 7 sub species.

 

 

23301942734_0aa4089368_b.jpgCommon Kingfisher     Sri Lanka by Dave Williams, on Flickr

 

The one found in Europe tends to be a more greenish blue 

29256109153_e3248423ca_b.jpgCommon Kingfisher by Dave Williams, on Flickr 

 

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When it comes to action though I think the Pied Kingfisher, Ceryle Rudis is the best supermodel as they are usually very active, tend to hover a lot and often hunt in pairs, sometimes more, so twice the number of photo opportunities!

Sometimes though things aren't quite as harmonious as usual.

This one about to launch an attack?

30922167754_be00bff276_b.jpgPied Kingfishers in flight by Dave Williams, on Flickr

No! It's about to be attacked!

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And quite literally knocked off it's perch!

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Here's one from 6 years ago, again in The Gambia.

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The last of my Kingfishers

Blue-breasted

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An African Kingfisher  seen by me at Tendaba,The Gambia on my last visit.

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and the largest Kingfisher of them all, the Giant Kingfisher.

Again, seen by me at Kotu,The Gambia

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1 hour ago, Dave Williams said:

and the largest Kingfisher of them all, the Giant Kingfisher.

 

Second largest @Dave Williams  I'll let you guess which is larger.

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You're right of course Geoff. Apologies to Australia!

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6 hours ago, Geoff said:

 

Second largest @Dave Williams  I'll let you guess which is larger.

 

After a comment like that, you have to show us a picture @Geoff!

 

:D

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58 minutes ago, Peter Connan said:

 

After a comment like that, you have to show us a picture @Geoff!

 

:D

 

I haven't got any images handy at the moment. I'll have to search some external hard drives. Until then here's 3 views of a Sacred Kingfisher.

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A very good interim solution @Geoff. Stunning photos!

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I guess Geoff must be asleep right now so here's another Kingfisher I have found, the White-throated Kingfisher as seen in Sri Lanka, it's quite common across Southern Asia

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