Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Tree Kingfisher


We often see kingfishers on the electrical wires but they are too far away to be photographed with the kind of camera that I have. The other day as I was busy with some weeding and re-potting, I sensed a presence and looked up the mango tree . This pretty kingfisher sat there seemingly oblivious to my activity. I tiptoed back to the house for the camera and got these shots. 


I was surprised to find out online later that the White-throated Kingfisher is a tree kingfisher and often lives away from water. Their diet includes amphibians, small rodents, and other birds. According to Wiki, they are widely distributed in Eurasia from Bulgaria, Turkey, east through south-east Asia.


This is my contribution to World Bird Wednesday. I don't know much about birds but I love observing them. I'd like to share the birds that I see on a regular basis in my garden.


                                            
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17 comments:

One said...

Oh! I have the same bird here. In fact there are 2 identical ones that have been visiting us daily. They are such beauties.

holdingmoments said...

What a great bird to see in your garden.

lotusleaf said...

You have managed to catch the mystery of the bird! There is one kingfisher here who makes harsh sounds at 9a.m!I have never been able to photograph him. Thanks for the info.

Springman said...

Excellent capture! Quite interesting that feeling of being watched. Your header picture is astounding in its own right, what a magnificent macro!
;-)WBW!

Esther Garvi said...

I LOVE Kingfishers! They're so cute!

Sylvia K said...

Such a beautiful bird and wonderful captures! He does blend into the leaves of the trees! Hope your week is going well!

Sylvia

Pat Ulrich said...

Wow, such a gorgeous bird! Cool find!

Ginny said...

Gosh, this bird is gorgeous, almost colored like a parrot!

Andrew said...

A beautiful bird to see.. thanks for sharing.

Gary said...

Great bird!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

heyBJK said...

I've never seen one like that, but I love the blue color.

Tracey N. said...

How beautiful that bird is. Lucky you! I have to tell you I am blown away by the dragonfly shot on your banner. Fantastic!!

Anita Kumar said...

Kingfishers are so beautiful. We have a lot of these birds visiting us in my neighbourhood. They make quite a ruckus in the morning. I wasn't aware of bird world until I started reading Ranjit Lal's books. He has some really informative, yet light-hearted books on Indian birds, ideal for a first time birder.

Larry said...

Wow what a great bird! I never knew that there were such a thing as "Tree Kingfishers." I guess they are also called Wood Kingfishers. Thank you for introducing me to a new species of kingfisher that doesn't usually fish!

Arija said...

Kanak, how wonderful to have a kingfisher in your garden and I must add, a mango tree for it to sit in.
Many of us have started birdwatching by just being aware of the birds in our gardens and, over time, learning to identify them. After that, the world is your oyster and we start actively pursuing new finds and noticing the little things that make one bird different from another.
Good luck in your efforts, I look forward to many more birds from you.

Arija said...

Oops, forgot to tell you how impressed I am by your wonderful dragonfly, what a beauty!!!

Pat said...

Such a colorful bird!