A medium-sized river kingfisher, Alcedo peninsulae is commonly known as the Malay Blue-banded Kingfisher. It occurs in Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar and Thailand. This species has dark blackish upperparts with silvery-azure streak from the mantle to rump. It also has a long, white neck-flash with rufous tip, white throat and rest of underparts in the male are whitish with bold blue bands across the chest. While the female with rich orange underparts but lacking breast-band. It feeds on fish, crustaceans, insects and larvae, and small lizards. The Malay Blue-banded Kingfisher is listed as Near Threatened by IUCN Red List due to habitat loss (BirdLife International, 2016). [Source: MyBIS]
Last weekend I went to Hulu Langat to try my luck again for the male Malay blue-banded kingfisher. I set up my hide by the river and wait for the bird to come. I dug a hole and put in some fish as bait. Thankfully, it wasn't long before the kingfisher came in front of my hide. My special thanks to SONY Malaysia for loaning me the SEL600F40GM lens. The lens is exceptionally sharp and with the wide aperture, I'm able to lower my ISO, which in turn, lower the noise while maintaining fast enough shutter speed to photograph this beauty. Hope to own it someday!
I'm so delighted that I have managed to complete my Peninsular Malaysia kingfisher series before the year end. Next target is the black-faced banded kingfisher, which is endemic to Borneo.
Name: Malay blue-banded kingfisher (male)
Scientific: Alcedo peninsulae
Malay: Pekaka Bukit
IUCN Red List (v3.1, 2014): Near Threatened
Gear: SONY α1 + SEL600F40GM
Location: Hulu Langat, Selangor
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