Name: Banded kingfisher (male)
Scientific: Lacedo pulchella
Malay: Pekaka Rimba
Lacedo pulchella or the banded kingfisher is a medium-sized tree kingfisher measuring up to 23 cm in length. The banded kingfisher has a unique silhouette with a relatively long tail, white throat and slightly uptilted orange-red bill. This kingfisher shows sexual dimorphism where the males have bright electric blue on the crown, chestnut forehead and sides of the head with black-barred electric blue upperparts and have white underparts with pale rufous-buff wash on breast and flanks. Whereas the females have rufous-brown with black-barred upperparts and white with fine black bars on breast and flanks.
The banded kingfisher is found widely in Southeast Asia. It is quite common but generally a scarce resident in Java and Sumatra. It is not recorded in Brunei and it is recorded to be extinct in Singapore since 1950 (Jeyarajasingam & Pearson, 2012). The population is decreasing due to habitat destruction, however, it is categorised as Least concern in the IUCN Red List due to the large range of distribution. This species can be found in primary and mature secondary rainforests, both in the lowlands and at lower montane up to 1100 m. It usually frequents near the dry area. Small vertebrates and invertebrates are its main diets.
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Name: Rufous-collared kingfisher
Scientific: Actenoides concretus
Malay: Pekaka Rimba Besar / Pekaka Tengkuk Perang
Took a drive to Lanchang with my main target to photograph the Rufous-collared kingfisher. Alhamdulillah, the little beauty perched for three times, giving me the opportunity to shoot it from various angles.
Actenoides concretus is commonly known as the rufous-collared kingfisher. The adult has medium size with a proportioned head. The rufous-collared kingfisher has a shaggy crest, large and thick bill, blue head and back, and white throat and collar. It's underbody is white and has blue band across its chest. Both male and female has a slight differences appearance, where the male does not have the rufous band across its white abdomen, but present in its flanks. An addition for the female, some feather tips along the blue breast are rufous. Their diet includes fishes, insects, scorpions and small snakes. The rufous-collared kingfisher is confined to the Sundaic lowlands, which include Malaysia, Myanmar, Indonesia, Thailand and Brunei Darussalam (Jeyarajasingam & Pearson, 2012). It was regionally extinct in Singapore. Its habitat constitutes the closed canopy forest and regenerating logged forest. Due to forest loss, forest fires and land conversion, this species is listed as Near Threatened in the IUCN Red List (BirdLife International, 2016).
This time around, only the male appeared. I'll be making more trips here until I manage to photograph the more beautiful female bord.
The KL River of Life with G Master Lens workshop was conducted at Gloria Jeans Cafe, Agro Bank at 4:30pm. The weather was quite bright when I start the workshop, however, halfway through, it began to pour heavily. The turn out was quite good with 14 participants and the workshop was coordinated by YL Camera Services Sdn Bhd and supported by SONY Malaysia. I took the opportunity to share with the participants on how to edit night photography while waiting for the rain to subside.
This is the photography journey of Nur Ismail Photography where all the experiences from this year onwards will be shared with the audience. In collaboration with NiSi Malaysia, Leofoto, SONY Malaysia and Skylum Software. Thanks for viewing!