Sunday, 20 October 2013
Marvellous Malachite Kingfisher
A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush, never more true than for some of our beauties, where you get to see a whole new side to their personality. The Malachite Kingfisher (Alcedo cristata) is a winged sapphire; easily a highlight on any birding day out. What is little seen though, is the crest that they have - which is put on full display to distract potential predators. We netted this beauty while aiming for Cape Canary at a drinking spot. The bird was released unringed as aquatic birds need special rings that can withstand constant dunking.