I was blessed to have managed to photograph the elusive Stork-billed kingfisher this morning here in Serdang. It was indeed a very beautiful bird from its contrasting colours and, at one point, the bird perched about 30 feet away, which gave me plenty of opportunities to shoot the bird. I end up filling up 2 x SONY 64GB Tough SD cards! These images were shot using SONY a7RIV with the SEL200600G lens and SEL14TC teleconverter, triggered with SONY RM-VPR1 Remote Commander.
Pelargopsis capensis commonly known as Stork-billed Kingfisher is a species of bird that lives in a variety of well-wooded habitats near lakes, rivers or coasts. It also can be found near mangroves, agricultural land near the sea including rice fields and coconut plantations. It has been listed as least Concern by IUCN Red List (2016).
The Stork-billed Kingfisher has green upperparts, blue wings and tail, and a brown head (Jeyarajasingam & Pearson, 2012). Its underparts and neck are buffs. It has a coral-red bill with a black tip and bright red legs. The characteristics of male and female are similar, although the female's bill may be noticeably heavier than her mate's.
This species hunts frogs, crabs, rodents and young birds but they are predominantly fish-eaters. Therefore, they have a very large bill that makes a formidable weapon for dealing with crabs and fishes.Sony RM-VPR1
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