Another Splash of Colour..... by Macky

Another Splash of Colour..... by 

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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  • Brenda Burnett
    Brenda Burnettover 3 years ago

    Macky, another magnificent image. Such beautiful colors. You do great work Macky.

  • Thanks so much dear Brenda!!

    – Macky

  • AnnDixon
    AnnDixonover 3 years ago

    BEAUTIFUL work,

  • Jeff Weymier
    Jeff Weymierover 3 years ago

    Great work.

  • Thank you Jeff!!

    – Macky

  • jwmphotos
    jwmphotosover 3 years ago

    This is a beautiful image Macky!

  • Thank you John!!

    – Macky

  • Mike Oxley
    Mike Oxleyover 3 years ago

    What an amazing photograph of this beautiful kingfisher, Macky. Such brilliant colours.

  • Thank you Mike!!

    – Macky

  • ajay2011
    ajay2011over 3 years ago

    nice shot mack, love it

  • Thank you Ajay, missed you yesterday!!

    – Macky

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeover 3 years ago

  • Karman De Lange
    Karman De Langeover 3 years ago

    Excellent shot Macky!.

  • Thank you Karman!!

    – Macky

  • Shehan Fernando
    Shehan Fernandoover 3 years ago

    stunning :)

  • Thank you Shehan!!

    – Macky

  • Kate Adams
    Kate Adamsover 3 years ago

    Magnificent work my friend!!…. beautiful colourful specimen!!

  • Thank you dear Kate!!

    – Macky

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