[We saw several different kingfishers in The Gambia, each in their own way lovely, so I’m doing three posts just about them. ]
Pied Kingfishers, Ceryle rudis, are common throughout sub-Saharan Africa.
I’m showing you this one because he repeatedly dived into the pool and returned to the same perch, so I took a burst of shots, and put together this sequence; the two black breastbands tell you it is a male:
He launched himself:
and back to his perch. And all in a total of two seconds:
Later the female (only a single black breast-band) had a dip from a separate perch:
3 thoughts on “Kingfishers I: Action”
Great photos. Cute birds with their crests. An amazing beak!
Beautiful pictures. Thank you!