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Malachite Kingfisher Hunting

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 inches 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. They perch on reeds and dive into the water to grab a little fish for dinner. (Info from Wickipedia)

I took this photo in the Okavango Delta of Botswana.


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Kazza60
 
Kazza60 March 24, 2018
beautiful
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KayBrewer April 07, 2018
Thanks, Karen.
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lizziemellis March 27, 2018
Beautiful bird :-)
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KayBrewer April 07, 2018
Sure is! This one's colored a little by Golden Hour, and he's really even brighter!
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carolcardillo March 27, 2018
Stunning details, colorful photo!
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KayBrewer April 07, 2018
Thanks, Carol. I wasn't too far - maybe 5 feet.
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estercastillo08 March 30, 2018
Beautiful colours !!
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KayBrewer April 07, 2018
Thank you, Ester!
mihrt
 
mihrt April 03, 2018
Beautiful capture of this amazing bird
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KayBrewer April 07, 2018
Thanks, Gail. They're SO vibrant!
kathyk_abq
 
kathyk_abq April 03, 2018
Really lovely, Kay!!! I'd love to get a shot of this bird!
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KayBrewer April 07, 2018
Thanks, Kathy! Plane ticket to Africa in your future?
Elyzabeth
 
Elyzabeth April 07, 2018
I'm surprised it doesn't tip over with that beak. How beautiful!
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KayBrewer April 07, 2018
Not only that, but he dives into the water and comes back up with that beak!
Elyzabeth
 
Elyzabeth April 07, 2018
Voted Everything Nature :)
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KayBrewer April 07, 2018
Thank you!
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lizziemellis April 14, 2018
Voted ..Everything Nature:-)
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Wizzard April 25, 2018
Very Beautiful capture!

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