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Splash of Colour....... by Macky

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PLEASE VIEW LARGE – Malachite Kingfisher- Alcedo cristata

This is a small kingfisher, 13 cm in length. The general colour of the upper parts of the adult bird is bright metallic blue. The head has a short crest of black and blue feathers, which gives rise to the scientific name. The face, cheeks and underparts are rufous and there are white patches on the throat and rear neck sides.

The bill is black in young birds and reddish orange in adults; the legs are bright red. Sexes are similar, but juveniles are a duller version of the adult.

This is a common species of reeds and rank vegetation near slow moving water or ponds. The flight of the Malachite Kingfisher is rapid, the short rounded wings whirring until they appear a mere blur. It usually flies low over water.

The bird has regular perches or stands from which it fishes. These are usually low over the water. It sits upright, its tail pointed downwards. It drops suddenly with a splash and usually returns at once with a struggling captive.

Large food items are beaten on a bough or rail; small fish and insects are promptly swallowed. A fish is usually lifted and carried by its middle, but its position is changed, sometimes by tossing it into the air, before it is swallowed head downwards. Fish, aquatic insects and crustaceans are eaten.

I photographed this wonder of nature at Intaka Wetlands, Cape Town, South Africa – 17 May 2011

My interest in the field of photography began in childhood, starting with film, then a ‘splatter’ of videography and finally the migration to DSLR photography.

I hope you enjoy viewing my interpretation of the Natural World through my lens.

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  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppover 3 years ago

    Outsatanding colors

  • Thank you Larry!!

    – Macky

  • Elizabeth Kendall
    Elizabeth Kendallover 3 years ago

    Wonderful ! What a lovely bird!

  • Thank you Elizabeth!!

    – Macky

  • DeoVolente (Dewahl Visser)
    DeoVolente (De...over 3 years ago


  • Thanks DV!!

    – Macky

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeover 3 years ago

  • Bill Morgenstern
    Bill Morgensternover 3 years ago

    Super shot in every way. Instant Favorite!!

  • Thanks very much Bill!!

    – Macky

  • David Clarke
    David Clarkeover 3 years ago

    Stunning shot, Macky! An instant fave!

  • Thank you very much David!!

    – Macky

  • Kornrawiee
    Kornrawieeover 3 years ago

    What the composition! great artwork from camera, I appreciate:)
    Thank you to share and inspire me&friends…
    Best regards,

  • Thanks very much Sunny!!

    – Macky

  • jesika
    jesikaover 3 years ago

    Gorgeous, gorgeous bird, lovely shot, Macky

  • Thanks very much Jesika!!

    – Macky

  • Jonathan Bartlett
    Jonathan Bartlettover 3 years ago

    Lovely DOF! Great work, Macky!

  • Thank you Jonathan!!

    – Macky

  • Kate Adams
    Kate Adamsover 3 years ago

    Superb capture, fabulous colours and the clarity is excellent!

  • Thank you dear Kate!!

    – Macky

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