Azure Kingfisher

at the Bellbird Café near Kennilworth.

We stopped here for ice-creams and while I waited for Aleks to finish his, I checked out the pond. There were two of these perched above the water, so I ran back to the car and grabbed the camera and managed to snap one decent shot.

View all photos taken: Saturday, 16th April 2011, This photo: 3:50pm


  • Lockie Cooke said:
    Oh yeah ! colours indeed. I was under the assumption that Kingfishers were sea dwellers ? Pretty far inland ! Great find.
  • WilliamKastelein said:
    great shot man!
  • David de Groot said:
    [] Nah, very few go near the see, most are inland river and lake birds.
    [] Thanks! Just happy to be closer than 50m from one without it flying off immediately.
  • Steve's Life said:
    Nice shot David, I'd love a pair of pants that colour blue.
  • James Lagden said:
    Very well done! a bit far to go for an Azure though, but always good to mark a new sighting spot.
  • David de Groot said:
    [] They're definitely striking in their colour. :)
    [] Yeah 'twas a bit of a drive. Stopped in at Charlie Moorlands for another walk, saw (but didn't shoot) another Paradise Riflebird.
  • Michael Wooley Photography said:
    Awesome shot! How'd you manage to get so close?
  • David de Groot said:
    [] Plonked myself down on the bank and waited until it ignored me :)
    Mind you, only got one shot, they don't like flash.
  • Michael Wooley Photography said:
    [] Ah, I see. We get a certain type of kingfisher over here in Florida. The Belted Kingfisher I believe is it's name. Gonna try & locate one soon.
  • skadooba79 said:
    So who did you catch, the male or the female? :o)
  • David de Groot said:
    [] No idea - they look identical! :P
  • skadooba79 said:
    I'll except that :o)
    I wonder if size has anything to do with it?
  • HEATHS images said:
    Very nice work David,you never fail to amaze me. colours are superb.
  • teejaybee said:
    Great catch Dave, such vibrant colours
  • David de Groot said:
    [] Good question. None of my reference materials indicate any difference betwee the sexes and definitely the two I saw seemed extremely similar.
    I wonder if it's like Birds of Paradise that reflect colours in the UV spectrum ?
    [] Thanks! Closer still would have been nice, but I'll go with this :)
    [] Vibrant little birds really :)
  • Jordan Mulder said:
    Excelant shot
  • kth_friend said:
    great shot... always pays to have the camera ready.. :~}
    Seen on your photo stream. (?)
  • Stephen M Reid said:
  • Tobias N. Hayashi said:
    Very nice shot, they are such colourfully stunning birds arent they.
  • David de Groot said:
    [] [] Thanks!
    [] If only I did have the camera ready - wouldn't have had to run back to the car ;-)
    [] Absolutely! Shame they're so flighty.
  • looby88 said:
    wooo, no chance of this hiding in a bush, distinctly day glo outfit !
  • David de Groot said:
    [] And yet surprisingly, they can hide. ;-) But they rely on their speed more than camouflage. Very accute eyesight too, meaning I usually can't get withing 50m of them.
  • looby88 said:
    our UK ones are fast too, a call is heard then a flash of turquoise and orange streaks past, still always a thrill to see !
  • David de Groot said:
    [] Absolutely! Love my kingfishers.
  • 6element said:
    Beautiful catch!