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Kingfisher

It is not easy to shoot a Kingfisher with a 250mm lens. I was very lucky he or she was very curious and he wanted to know what I am doing. So he landed just 5 m in front of me and he just looked at me for 2 or 3 sec, and than he left. Just enough time to turn the lens and take a few pictures!

The Common Kingfisher, Alcedo atthis, also known as Eurasian Kingfisher or River Kingfisher, is a small kingfisher with seven subspecies recognized within its wide distribution across Eurasia and North Africa. It is resident in much of its range, but migrates from areas where rivers freeze in winter.

 

This sparrow-sized bird has the typical short-tailed, large-headed kingfisher profile; it has blue upperparts, orange underparts and a long bill. It feeds mainly on fish, caught by diving, and has special visual adaptions to enable it to see prey under water. The glossy white eggs are laid in a nest at the end of a burrow in a riverbank.

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Taken on May 9, 2011