Saturday, September 12, 2009

Stork-Billed Kingfisher

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Despite this kingfisher's distinctive call and the fact that it is not rare, I had not seen it in the wild for a number of years.

Therefore, I was quite surprised when I heard that it had started frequenting our garden in the heart of Colombo. As my luck would have it, I was in Sydney at the time and was not scheduled to head back to Colombo until December.

When I did finally get back to Colombo, the bird did not disappoint. It took only a couple of days before the kingfisher made an appearance. I heard it calling one afternoon and found it perched on a branch less than 10 feet from my bedroom window. The brid gave me plenty of time to get my gear and shoot twenty shots before it flew off.

This is the largest of Sri Lanka's Kingfishers. An adult is between 38-40cm.
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Fish Whisperer said...

Spectacular image of a Kingfisher. Lovely birds.

holdingmoments said...

Strange looking bird. Never seen one before.
It reminds me of a clown with outrageous makeup.

Dev Wijewardane said...

Fish Whisperer: thanks.

holdingmoments: yep. I think the huge beak makes it look a bit unusual!

Andor Marton said...

I photographed a lot of kingfishers till now, but never seen this species till now. This bird is very blue. Nice work.

Dev Wijewardane said...

Thanks Andor, it may have been the light that made the colour seem brighter.