Re: Kingfishers - Bird of the Month June 2013

Wed Jun 19, 2013 10:44 pm

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Re: Kingfishers - Bird of the Month June 2013

Wed Jun 19, 2013 10:45 pm

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Re: Kingfishers - Bird of the Month June 2013

Wed Jun 19, 2013 10:45 pm

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Re: Kingfishers - Bird of the Month June 2013

Thu Jun 20, 2013 10:42 am

Seen on the S100, March 2010.

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Re: Kingfishers - Bird of the Month June 2013

Fri Jun 21, 2013 8:12 am

All these were taken in Central KNP during my December trip 2012.

I love their call...

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.. and this was our Letaba meet Woodie \O

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Re: Kingfishers - Bird of the Month June 2013

Sun Jun 23, 2013 12:30 pm

Listen to the calls of the Woodland Kingfisher HERE.

Re: Kingfishers - Bird of the Month June 2013

Mon Jun 24, 2013 1:11 pm

Mangrove Kingfisher Halcyon senegaloides

It closely resembles the Woodland Kingfisher but is distinguished by the all red bill, the black eye band does not extend behind the eye, the greyish head and chest and the red legs.Occurs in the Eastern Cape during the summer breeding season and in winter moves to KwaZulu-Natal and Mozambique where it occurs in the mangrove swamps.

Half-collared Kingfisher Alcedo semitorquata

Re: Kingfishers - Bird of the Month June 2013

Mon Jun 24, 2013 4:46 pm

Striped Kingfisher - Kgalagadi september 2012

I had "only" two (almost the same)... before it flew away 0*\ -O

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Re: Kingfishers - Bird of the Month June 2013

Wed Jun 26, 2013 9:47 am

White-throated Kingfisher (Halcyon smyrnensis)

It is a tree kingfisher, widely distributed in Eurasia from Bulgaria,Turkey, West Asia east through the Indian Subcontinent to the Philippines.

It can often be found well away from water where it feeds on a wide range of prey that includes small reptiles, large crustaceans, insects, earthworms, small rodents, fish and frogs, small rodents and even birds.

This is a large kingfisher, 28 cm in length. The adult has a bright blue back, wings and tail. Its head, shoulders, flanks and lower belly are chestnut, and the throat and breast are white. The large bill and legs are bright red. In flight, large white patches are visible on the blue and black wings. Sexes are similar, but juveniles are a duller version of the adult.

The White-throated Kingfisher begins breeding at the onset of the Monsoons. Males perch on prominent high posts in their territory an call in the early morning. The tail may be flicked now and in its courtship display the wings are stiffly flicked open for a second or two exposing the white wing mirrors. They also raise their bill high and display the white throat and front. The female in invitation makes a rapid and prolonged kit-kit-kit... call. The nest is a tunnel (50 cm long, but a nest with a 3 foot tunnel has been noted) in an earth bank. The nest building begins with both birds flying into a suitable mud wall until an indentation is made where they can find a perch hold. They subsequently perch and continue digging the nest with their bills. A single clutch of 4-7 round white eggs is typical. The eggs take 20–22 days to hatch while the chicks fledge in 19 days.

Re: Kingfishers - Bird of the Month June 2013

Wed Jun 26, 2013 9:48 am

and a special one... not in the list 0*\

White-throated Kingfisher/Martin-chasseur de Smyrne juv. (Inde)
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