Colourful by nature............ 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.

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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  • jesika
    jesikaover 3 years ago

    He is GORGEOUS. What a wonderful image, it’s so clear & sharp.

  • Thanks very much dear Jesika!!

    – Macky

  • Elaine  Manley
    Elaine Manleyover 3 years ago

    oh what a sweet little bird and so colourful ! excellent shot !

  • Thanks so much Elaine!!

    – Macky

  • Magaret Meintjes
    Magaret Meintjesover 3 years ago

    1 Image per day 2011/08/02!
    Just Awesome!

  • Thanks very much dear Mags!!

    – Macky

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeover 3 years ago

  • Russell Couch
    Russell Couchover 3 years ago

    Stunning capture spot on !!!!!

  • Thanks very much Russell!!

    – Macky

  • Martin Smart
    Martin Smartover 3 years ago

    Wonderful shot Macky, striking colours!

  • Thanks a lot Martin!!

    – Macky

  • Kate Adams
    Kate Adamsover 3 years ago

    Super shot Macky!!…stunning colours!!

  • Thanks so much dear Kate!!

    – Macky

  • Lynda Harris
    Lynda Harrisover 3 years ago

    Oh Macky this is fabulous!! I fell in love with these little birds the first time I saw one in Botswana. Such brilliant light and colours in this shot. Well done my friend :-)

  • Thanks so much dear Lynda, well next month is September, excited yet?

    – Macky

  • EvaAn68
    EvaAn68over 3 years ago

    A flying jewel : ) What a stunning photo Macky… really good!!!
    Most definitely a fave!!!

  • Thanks so much dear Eva!!

    – Macky

  • Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos
    Konstantinos A...over 3 years ago

    3 August 2011 – 2 images per day

    Great close up!

  • Thanks very much Konstantinos!!

    – Macky

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