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|Pied Kingfisher |
is a kingfisher in the near passerine bird family Cerylidae, the water kingfishers. It is the only member of the genus Ceryle.
It is common throughout sub-Saharan Africa and southern Asia from Turkey to China. It is resident, and most birds do not migrate, other than seasonal movements.
The Pied Kingfisher is estimated to be the world's third commonest kingfisher, and is a noisy bird, unmissable within its range.
It is mainly a specialist fish-eater, although it will take crustaceans and large aquatic insects. It has evolved two unique strategies, shared by no other kingfishers. It usually hunts by hovering stationarily over the water and dives down bill first directly below to catch fish.
The Pied Kingfisher can also deal with prey without returning to a perch, and can, for example, catch a second fish, or eat small prey in flight. These adaptations mean that this kingfisher can hunt over the sea or in estuaries that lack the perches required by other kingfishers.
This approachable largish (25cm) bird is unmistakable, with its exclusively black-and-white plumage. Unlike some kingfishers, it is quite gregarious, and forms large roosts at night. It can be easily tamed.
Its nest is a hole in a bank, on its own or in a colony, where it lays 3-6 white eggs. As with all kingfishers, the nest of a Pied soon becomes unsanitary.
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You have much better luck than I as you have cptured the "Elusive" Kingfisher on its perch. Here in Washington I see them all the time but they will not land where I am positioned unless I move away.
We dn't have the Pied here either, we have the Belted which has more Blue than white as in the Pied.
Good shot with good focus and exposure, it's nice to see one up close and personnal.
- [2006-04-19 12:49]
Very nice composition, POV and colours . I also like frame. Good work!
Hi Andrea, bello anche questo Martino, peccato un po' lontano, comunque l'insieme della foto rende bene.
Good sharpness and exposure. Interesting POV..looks like he was way up there in the tree-top..
Well done & Thank You!