Sven Zacek - Kingfishers
The English name of these two fascinating birds illustrates their behaviour. A Kingfisher truly is a master of catching fish.
On the ohter hand the Estonian name concentrates on the appearance. If directly translated from Estonian the Kingfisher would be called the Icebird. This is because of its ice blue back that almost leaves a neon flash of color on the dark water when the bird is blasting by at full speed.
Kingfishers are very active during the breeding period. They might make up to three nests during a summer, which means that two kingfishers can give life to 21 new kingfishers each year. Here the female (in flight) has mistaken the small fish in the male's mouth as a courtship ritual gift and is demanding it to herself. Actually the male was feeding the nestlings.
Posted on 23.03.2011
Photo info -
Summer 2009: Nikon D3x + Nikkor 400mm F2,8 VR + Nikkor TC-E17II. F4,8, 1/1000, ISO 800.
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