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Pied Kingfisher

Pied Kingfisher
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Copyright: Subhayan Mandal (shabsslg) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 107 W: 0 N: 127] (913)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-06-07
Categories: Birds
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC-H2, Carl-Zeiss Vario-Tesser 12X Optical Zoom
Exposure: f/4, 1/800 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-07-12 2:50
Viewed: 3149
Points: 4
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
On the log to forfify the levee of lower ganga canal.

Pied Kingfisher
Ceryle rudis

Common in sub-Saharan Africa, Southern Africa and southern Asia. It is considered to be the third commonest kingfisher in the world.

It is the only completely black and white kingfisher in the region of Botswana and Pete's Pond. The other kingfishers of the area will have more colors, such as red. It is about 23-25cm (9-10 inches), which is relatively large for a kingfisher of that region.

Habitat & Diet
The Pied Kingfisher lives in waterways whether salt water or freshwater, which is an unusual trait for kingfishers. They are known to be gregarious when perching or roosting at night.

It nests in holes in the bank. It lays 3-6 eggs. It can nest co-operatively with other Pied Kingfishers with young non-breeding birds helping the nesting pair with the new young.

The Pied eats mostly fish, but will also eat crustaceans and insects that live in the water. They can sometimes be seen hovering over the water waiting to dive in and catch a fish. They have the unusual ability to eat their prey while still in flight.
The Pied Kingfisher is a skilled fisher and is quite noisy. It makes a high-pitched twittering, which if you hear it on the webcam is possibly coming from two or more birds at once, since they hang out in groups. These groups can consist of family members or mating pairs.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-07-13 7:08]

Hi Subhayan,
what a great photo of this Pied Kingfisher!
Great detail and sharpness.
Excellent composition too.
Superb DOF.

Well done!


Nice capture.

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