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Giant Kingfisher on a sharp turn

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[i]The Giant Kingfisher[/i]

The Giant Kingfisher (Megacycle maxima) is the largest kingfisher in Africa, where it is a resident breeding bird over most of the continent south of the Sahara Desert other than the arid southwest.


There are two subspecies, M. m. maxima, found in open country, and M. m. gigantea in the rainforest. The forest race is darker, less spotted above, and more barred below than maxima, but the two forms intergrade along the forest edge zone.


Breeding is from August to January, 3–5 eggs being laid in a riverbank tunnel.

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NDODS 7 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
17 Mar 2014 6:42AM
A stunning capture of this beautiful bird, both the colour and details are superb. A great shot Dave...

Regards Nathan

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CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
17 Mar 2014 6:48AM
An excellent capture, Dave, showing off his beautiful plumage. Carol
ukgubbi 6 5 India
17 Mar 2014 8:28AM
Excellent shot of this pretty bird.
pluckyfilly 11 351 33 United Kingdom
17 Mar 2014 8:41AM
Well timed shot
ColleenA Plus
5 362 6 Australia
17 Mar 2014 8:55AM
Great bif capture Dave
Mollycat Plus
4 11 2 United Kingdom
17 Mar 2014 9:00AM
Beautiful timing and capture in your excellent picture Dave.
Outstanding in flight image, Dave. Breath taking. Wow!

CaroleS Plus
8 433 3 United Kingdom
17 Mar 2014 9:22AM
Such a good in flight shot!
Ted447 Plus
5 213 1 United Kingdom
17 Mar 2014 9:31AM
Fantastic image. Ted. GrinGrin
Irishkate Plus
7 41 114 United Kingdom
17 Mar 2014 10:40AM
An amazing wing display Dave!
Your wildlife images are fantastic.
Kate GrinGrinGrin
franken Plus
15 4.6k 4 United Kingdom
17 Mar 2014 10:41AM
Brilliant shot!

Bravdo 10 17 2 United Kingdom
17 Mar 2014 11:16AM
Wow superb inflight capture, timing was spot on here. Grin

17 Mar 2014 11:43AM
Top grade BiF photography here, Dave.
Love It..!!

17 Mar 2014 11:58AM
Just wow! wow! beautiful shot
Daisymaye Plus
9 23 16 Canada
17 Mar 2014 12:27PM
Love the blurred wing action. The head is very sharp. Great shot.
very well captured

mikbee 11 3 8 Scotland
17 Mar 2014 4:12PM
A wonderful inflight capture Dave.
Super shot.
17 Mar 2014 5:04PM
Wow this is a super in flight capture Dave, well done
mistere Plus
4 4 3 England
17 Mar 2014 5:51PM
Superb shot Dave, Wow is an understatement.

capto Plus
6 5.2k 8 United Kingdom
17 Mar 2014 6:57PM
One to be well pleased with.Smile

Rock Plus
16 10 2 England
17 Mar 2014 9:47PM

18 Mar 2014 7:54PM
Amazing shot.

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