The Ceyx rufidorsa is a bird species in the Alcedinidae family. It is commonly known as the rufous-backed kingfisher. This species is found in Brunei, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Thailand in tropical lowland forests near lakeshores and streamside.
The rufous-backed kingfisher is a small bird usually in solitary and hunts from a low perch over the water by diving for insects including mantises (Mantodea), grasshoppers (Orthoptera), flies (Diptera), water beetles (Dytiscidae), winged ants (Formicidae) and frogs. It is sometimes considered as a subspecies of the Oriental dwarf kingfisher (Ceyx erithaca). [Source: MyBIS]
Last weekend I took the opportunity to visit the old spot in Hulu Langat for this kingfisher, after getting info from my friends that the rufous-backed kingfisher is feeding again. My last visit to photograph the rufous-backed kingfisher was early February 2020. After the first MCO and 2nd MCO, I went back to the spot, but the rufous-backed kingfisher was never found. This time around, equipped with SONY's flagship α1 camera and the 600mm F/4 GM lens, I was able to capture some of the bird in flight shots of the kingfisher, thanks to the 30fps capability of SONY α1 camera, I managed to capture series of the in flight shots. The only challenge is focusing on the right subject to anticipate the position where the kingfisher will dive for the fish.
Name: Rufous-backed kingfisher
Scientific: Ceyx rufidorsa
Malay: Pekaka Api
IUCN Red List (v3.1, 2016): Least Concern
Location: Hulu Langat, Selangor
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