Wednesday, September 26, 2012

A Kingfisher & Lizards


Going up on our terrace to water my plants this morning I found this white-breasted kingfisher perched high. I ran downstairs for my camera and got these shots through the glass door. I dared not open the door or I'd have missed this chance. From my crouching point there was no flash of that magnificent blue but this is one of my favourite birds to photograph. Isn't that beak incredible? As soon as I had taken a few shots, it called out in that shrill voice. It's a commonly heard sound in our neighbourhood but that sound usually comes from the highest wires and alas, my camera has its shortcomings.

White-breasted or white-throated kingfisher is a tree kingfisher. According to Wiki, they can often be found well away from water where they feed on a wide range of prey that includes small reptiles, amphibians, crabs, small rodents, and even birds.
An early morning call!

Throughout summer I had photographed the lizards in my garden. I have even posted some of the photos from this collage before. This is a reminder of lizard activity particularly in the months of June and July. The picture below was taken on my Indian blackberry tree.



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9 comments:

Sylvia K said...

Marvelous captures as always! I love your "up close and personal" captures of the critters!

Carver said...

Wonderful shots of the kingfisher and lizards.

lotusleaf said...

Fantastic shots, Kanak, in spite of the glass door! The bird seems to be saying something in the second picture. A kingfisher screeches at 6a.m daily from my neighbour's mango tree, but I have never been able to photograph it:( The lizard collage is nice too.

Rambling Woods said...

So much nature out your door.. wonderful.. We have kingfishers here and they are amazing hunters. I love the lizards and enjoyed this post Kanak.. Michelle

La sonrisa de Hiperión said...

Estupendas las cosas que nos dejas. Siempre un placer.

Saludos y un abrazo.

joey said...

Wow, Kanak! Looks so real the last lizard pic startled me! :)

Patricia Lichen said...

Very interesting differences & similarities between your kingfisher and the one I'm familiar with here in the United States. Lookit the beak on that one!

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