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Malachite Kingfisher On Watch

The malachite kingfisher (Corythornis cristatus) is a river kingfisher. It is widely distributed in Africa south of the Sahara. This is a small kingfisher, (5.1...
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The malachite kingfisher (Corythornis cristatus) is a river kingfisher. It is widely distributed in Africa south of the Sahara. This is a small kingfisher, (5.1 in in length). The general color of the upper parts of the adult bird is bright metallic blue. The head has a short crest of black and blue feathers, while the face, cheeks, and underparts are reddish brown with white patches are on the throat. It is common to reeds and vegetation near slow-moving water or ponds. It usually flies low over water. The bird has regular perches or stands from which it fishes, usually low over the water. It dives and usually returns at once with a small fish. The nest is a tunnel in a sandy bank, usually over water. I took this photo in the Okavango Delta of Botswana.

I took this photo in the Okavango Delta of Botswana.


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Alwolfe Premium
 
Alwolfe December 06, 2017
Gorgeous capture!
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Bazz December 07, 2017
Wonderful capture!
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mihrt December 09, 2017
I apologize Kay - so far behind on your images - I will try to get caught up - but will enjoy the lovely 'walk' through what appears to be some great shots and artwork. Kingfisher are such amazing birds!
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davidsloan December 14, 2017
Vibrant colours and detail,great info too :>)
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lizziemellis December 20, 2017
Wonderful capture:-)

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