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Collared Kingfisher (10)
rubyfantacy Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 84 W: 1 N: 417] (2627)
i had heard of this bird before, seen the photographs taken by my friends, but never got to see this beautiful Kingfisher on my own. until that day.. 20th April, 2012.. a week ago!

it was for this bird ONLY, i had visited that southern part of our district [South 24 Parganas]. after 4 hours of train journey, i reached DH. stayed there overnight. next day, had taken a painful bus journey of 2 hours [which seemed to be of 5 hours duration] to the riverside. from there, taken a country boat and had visited a village where the river [the Ganga] met the sea [Bay of Bengal].

i was roaming around inside the mangroves, barefooted. as wet, sticky and soft mud was there, shoes were of no use. but these breathing roots were there... dense, firm and sharply pointing up!

and then i saw this beautiful Kingfisher! i started running after it through the mangroves to get a shot... the bird was flying from one tree to another. and in this process my left foot was bleeding extensively as it got pinched by hard, thick and pointed mangrove roots.

but i got my bird. nothing else did matter then.
i was happy :)

well.. i AM happy.

now info time! :D

to quote Wikipedia, "Collared Kingfisher (Todiramphus chloris) is a medium size medium-sized kingfisher belonging to the family Halcyonidae, the tree kingfishers. It is also known as the White-collared Kingfisher or Mangrove Kingfisher. It has a wide range extending from the Red Sea across southern Asia and Australasia to Polynesia. It is a very variable species with about 50 subspecies."

medium-sized means? smaller than a Stork-billed Kingfisher (Halcyon capensis) and larger than a Common Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis). means, comparable to the size of a White-breasted Kingfisher (Halcyon smyrnensis).

actually you know what? this bird should be called a White-breasted Kingfisher, instead of that Halcyon smyrnensis. for the later one, the name White-throated Kingfisher sounds better :)

the particular subspecies here is Todiramphus chloris humii.

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rubyfantacy Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 84 W: 1 N: 417] (2627)
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