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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Half and Full Moon

Hi Friends,

Hope life is treating you all very well. Its been a while since I posted due to various reasons. Apologies and I hope I can cover what happened in the past weeks with few posts now..

I had an oppurtunity to click some pics of the half moon and Full Moon last month. Hope you like them. For fun is the collate inclusion 🙂

Thanks, Kamal

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Witpoortjie Waterfall – walter sisulu botanical garden

Hi Friends,

Last week, I along with my family and few colleagues planned to visit walter sisulu botanical garden. This was an oppurtunity for me to try the new Sig 120-400 mm lens as well.

So there we where and to give you an insight about this place…

Walter Sisulu is one of the 8 botanical gardens that has been managed by the so called South African Biodiversity Institute (SANBI). This place consist of around 30 hectares of landscaped beautiful garden and it is around 270 hectares of natural vegetation i.e Rocky Highveld Grassland. The Witpoortjie water falls is the centre piece to the gardens that I was aware of but it looks like Walter Sisulu also features a Waterwise Garden, Cycad Garden, Succulent Rockery, Fern Garden and arboretum (never knew anything about it 🙂 ). Its been said that the best time to visit this garden is during late spring or summer when the flowering shrubs are in bloom. Walter Sisulu is also home to a breeding pair of black eagles, which I never saw it during my visits.

Enough about the garden as such… I took these pictures of the water falls I like to share it with you all. Hope you like them.

Till next time,

Keep well,

Kamal

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Sigma 120-400mm F4.5-5.6 DG APO OS HSM – Telephoto Zoom

Hi Friends,

Its been a while since I blogged. Just getting back to you all with a big bang info… I just got myself an Sigma 120 – 400 telephoto zoom, A POOR MAN ZOOM LENS 🙂

I had been thinking about a telezoom for quite some time, as a photographer(ametuer 🙂 ) you always need the reach.. I found this lens for sale from one of a Kind hearted gentle men and got it for a nice deal. I will post as many pictures as possible in the coming days and weeks.

Till next time,

Keep well,

Kamal

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