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Pingu! -an upright Malachite. | by Rainbirder
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Pingu! -an upright Malachite.

This Malachite Kingfisher was photographed from a boat on Lake Baringo, Kenya.

When we first saw the bird it was silhouetted against the sun and its very upright stance made it look like a wee penguin (in fact like Pingu, the cartoon penguin from the 1990s that entertained my kids so much in their early childhood). The bird was perched on an emergent branch of a dead submerged tree and various branches and snags underwater made it very awkward to maneuvre and position the boat. It took about 10 minutes to get into position with the sun somewhat behind us. The boatman's patience and good-humour were being severely tried by his mad Mzungu passenger but in the end the bird and the boatman delivered the goods.

 

Framed by a friend.

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Taken on July 29, 2011