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Stork-Billed Kingfisher

Stork-Billed Kingfisher
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Copyright: Ang Hwee Yong (Meerkat) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 20 W: 0 N: 896] (5258)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-03-18
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D300, AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/4G ED VR
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/160 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-04-16 6:59
Viewed: 3182
Points: 4
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Stork-Billed Kingfisher
(Pelargopsis capensis) 鹳嘴翡翠
Size: 38 cm

A very large, mainly blue and buff kingfisher with a large head and huge red bill, making it appear top-heavy. Dull blue upper-parts, brown crown and rich yellow-buff collar and under-parts. Its tail is fairly long. Its feet are small and red. Sexes are alike.

Very noisy. A loud, ringing, oft-repeated kee kee kee

Inhabits larger, well-wooded lakes, rivers and forest streams. It also wooded coasts and mangroves. It stays hidden in vegetation for long periods. Feeds on fish by diving but also eats crustacean, reptiles and rodents and young birds. It nests in self-made burrow in bank.

Fairly common breeding resident in Singapore.

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Fantastic bird portrait!!!

  • Great 
  • egres Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 44 W: 2 N: 144] (754)
  • [2011-04-16 18:12]

What a fantastic photo of the colorful bird with it's oversized bill. Very vright colors, sharp plumage and a good eye contact. The background is perfect.


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