Monday, October 19, 2009

Catching Up With A Dimiuitive Kingfisher

The Common Kingfisher is a small kingfisher that is distributed across Eurasia and North Africa. It migrates during winter to the tropics. It is also one of the birds that birders love.
This sparrow-sized bird has the typical short-tailed, large-headed kingfisher profile; it has blue upper parts, orange underparts and a long bill. It feeds mainly on fish, caught by diving.
It is that time of year again, and a bunch of us spent a good hour waiting for this bird to come out but when he did, it was just for a couple of seconds before he flew away.
This time managed to catch him with a fish but I am still not very good at panning with such a tiny bird.
With the bad lighting I still managed to get some shots. If you're wondering why I keep referring to the bird as a he. It is because it is a male kingfisher as it has a black beak.Thus far, I've been back twice and am starting to understand the bird's habits. Less walk through traffic means more activity as it will come out of the reeds more often. Yesterday, it entertained us with a series of dives to wash its feathers. It was followed by several successful catches. I left when the light was too weak for my lens to work properly. Hopped over to the lawn facing the symphony stage to listen to the SSO's Chinese orchestra perform in a free concert. Overall, it was a pretty good weekend.


lew said...

so different from a North American Kingfisher

Shirls said...


Yes, the tropical kingfishers have brilliant colors. In Singapore we have four resident kingfishers. Then we have the migrant ones that fly in to winter.