My King .. fisher

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KINGFISHERS Yes it looks rather small .. but was as close as I could get with telelens .. without disturbing it , but I was really happy to finally have taken a picture , they are so fast, like lightning !

Kingfishers are a group of small to medium sized brightly coloured birds in the order Coraciiformes. They have a cosmopolitan distribution, with most species being found in the Old World and Australia. The group is treated either as a single family, Alcedinidae, or as a suborder Alcedines containing three families, Alcedinidae (river kingfishers), Halcyonidae (tree kingfishers), and Cerylidae (water kingfishers). There are roughly 90 species of kingfisher. All have large heads, long, sharp, pointed bills, short legs, and stubby tails. Most species have bright plumage with little differences between the sexes. Most species are tropical in distribution, and a slight majority are found only in forests. They consume a wide range of prey as well as fish, usually caught by swooping down from a perch. Like other members of their order they nest in cavities, usually tunnels dug into the natural or artificial banks in the ground. A few species, principally insular forms, are threatened with extinction

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K@rin on January 2, 2014

Hello Brian

I knew these birds do nest somewhere in the neighbourhood but never saw it before here

they are fast as lightning .. was really happy to see it that day and just resting for a while in this tree so I could capture it, when walking further it flew by a couple of times again but I did not get another chance to capture it

thanks a lot for the L and F and interesting story

warm greetings Karin

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Photo details

  • Uploaded on February 23, 2012
  • © All Rights Reserved
    by K@rin
    • Camera: Canon EOS 400D DIGITAL
    • Taken on 2012/02/05 14:30:31
    • Exposure: 0.002s (1/640)
    • Focal Length: 250.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/8.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO800
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash