This Woodland Kingfisher (Halcyon sengalensis) may be found throughout Zimbabwe, southern Mozambique, the northern provinces of South Africa, the Okavango and the Caprivi Strip. This bird is very similar to a Mangrove Kingfisher, differing only in the black, rather than red, lower mandible. This is a fish eating species, but some suggest it prefers to eat insects. It also has unique defenses again predator birds, lying in the water, wings spread with head under the water to lessen its profile.
(Canon EOS 5D Mark III/EF200-400mm IS USM EXT; f/5.6; 1/640sec; ISO-2500; 540mm)
Picture ©2014 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography
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