Kingfisher Again

Hi Friends,

 

Been a long time again. Its been a mission for me to get to the blog in the past few months. Work is hectic. 

I have been going through some of my old pics of the Melachite kingfisher that I have clicked in the last year and I was shocked to know that I have missed quite a lot of that beauty to be processed. 

Here are the 2 that I quickly got in here.

Hope you like it.

Till next time, cheers, kamal.

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Kingfisher – Malachite

Hi Friends,

Last weekend I was a Marievale bird reserve in Johannesburg with my colleages. It was the second visit, but this time we where there little earlier. We went and took our positions in one of the Hides and waiting for some shots.

It was more than an hour shooting the normal ducks… All of a sudden came the Kingfisher 🙂 Here we go… Started clicking clicking clicking… I would like to share some of the pics that came out bit nicer.

While we where photographing the kingfisher, there cam a couple of Bird experts, who also sat next to us in the Hide and gave us bit more information about Kingfisher bird and the variety it belongs to.

This one is the the Malachite Kingfisher (Alcedo cristata) and is also known as a river kingfisher and which is widely said to be distributed in south africa and also in Sahara.

This is one of the small kingfisher, as I saw it should be around 13 cm in length. The colour of the upper parts of this bird is bright metallic blue. The head had a crest of black and blue feathers and the face, cheeks and the front body are rufous with white patches on the throat and rear neck sides.

The bill was reddish orange in colour and the legs where bright red. This seems to be a common species of reeds and rank vegetation near the slow moving water or ponds. The flight of the Malachite Kingfisher is rapid and very very fast… you can see it from my pictures as the short rounded wings whirring until they appear a mere blur and glad that I could get few pictures as it usually flies low over water.

Enough about the bird, Enjoy the pictures..

Till next time,

Cheers,

Kamal

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Takeoff and Landing

Hi Friends,

Last week after my hands on with Sigma telezoom lens. I wanted to try my hands on flying birds and decided to go to Emmarentia Dam and try few clicks with the slow and steady water birds 🙂

Emme dam is located in the suburb of Emmarentia in Johannesburg. It is said that there are several other dams that make up this one Emmarentia Dam, despite it looks singular. The dam and its gardens stretches around over 100 hectares, but am telling you its gonna take a whole day to cover the whole park. This picnic spot draws an inordinate amount of visitors on a daily basis where you see marriage couples come in for photo session. The park is not so far away, it is only six kilometres from the city centre.


Emmerenthia is located at the northeastern side of the park, the dam is actually a very popular destination for so called energetic canoeists 🙂 true, I have seen dudes making infinite round trips and more over you can see a lot of small-boat enthusiasts. Sailing, canoeing and diving club facilities are housed on the other side of the dam which is Emmerenthia dams eastern embankment.

The suuroundings of the dam is popular with dog walkers, cyclists and runners, on weekends and public holidays the sloped grass embankments around the dam are filled with picnickers with Braai and Drinks 🙂

Now that I had told you enough about the dam, I had also mentioned that this dam is the home for water birds. If you are an amaetur photographer with an interest to click flying birds then this is the place to be.

Here are some pictures that I took this recent saturday with the Ducks takingoff and landing. Hope you like them.

Till next time,

Cheers,

Kamal

 

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