May 24, 2012

Common Kingfisher

A 'Common' in the name of a not so common KF. :-) Sometimes wonder how bird names are chosen. 

This small fella was seen perched on a thin pole by the lakeside. This specie is known for being skittish and will not hesitate to 'scoot-off' at the slightest sign of human or predator approach. To get a close shot I had to get into position behind a tree behind the pole. As camouflage I chose a branch laden with leaves causing it to over-hang almost to the ground. This position is closest but was still about 25-30 meters away from where the KF perched. 

After some 30 minutes my patience paid off. The KF returned to the same perch. I took in some shots which I am sharing below.

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