Malachite Kingfisher by Linda Sparks

This tiny (14 centimeters) kingfisher ( Alcedo cristata) is mostly seen as an azure flash at the water’s edge. If one is lucky enough to glide up close in a boat, one gets a few fleeting moments to snap away and home the camera had actually focused on the bird and not a nearby leaf. This one had just caught a water bug.

Taken on the Kafue River in Kafue National Park, Zambia, Africa

Panasonic Lumix FZ200 24x

5/18/14. 537 views

Featured in Closeups in Nature 10/22/13
Featured in Animals of Africa 10/7/13
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After being widowed, I needed to find something new to occupy my mind. I chose photography. That turned into an obsession, compounded by my love of the artistic license provided by Photoshop and the many other artful programs that help us explore all the facets of turning a photo into art.

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  • AnnDixon
    AnnDixonover 1 year ago

    Natures Paintbrush Group
    Beautiful Work

  • jozi1
    jozi1over 1 year ago

    Fabulous Linda :)

  • Magriet Meintjes
    Magriet Meintjesover 1 year ago

  • Johanna26
    Johanna26over 1 year ago

    Excellent capture .. with perfect clarity Linda

  • Thanks so much. Many trys, finally success

    – Linda Sparks

  • Polly Peacock
    Polly Peacockover 1 year ago

    What a beautiful bird an an exceptional capture!!

  • Thanks so much

    – Linda Sparks

  • GemmaWiseman
    GemmaWisemanover 1 year ago

  • Again thank you. I’m honored.

    – Linda Sparks

  • Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos
    Konstantinos A...over 1 year ago

    Congratulations! Your wonderful image is among the featured work of the 300+ Go Long group!
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  • Macky
    Mackyover 1 year ago

  • Macky
    Mackyover 1 year ago

    A beautiful capture Linda!!

  • Thanks so much

    – Linda Sparks

  • Evita
    Evitaover 1 year ago

    Beautiful work !!!

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  • Thanks Evita for the honor of a feature.

    – Linda Sparks

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