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 streamsides.
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]
During my recent visit to the old rufous-backed kingfisher spot in Hulu Langat, I've also managed to capture some of the kingfishers detailed portrait shots using SONY's flagship α1 camera and the 600mm F/4 GM lens, thanks to the 50MP capability of SONY α1 camera. The challenge was to shoot the kingfisher in low light due to forest canopy, but the problem is easily solve due to the high ISO capability of the SONY α1 camera and post processed using Topaz Labs plugins.
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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