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  Pied Kingfisher

 

 

Ceryle rudis

(428) 25 cm; 84g

SEXES  Similar. Only kingfisher in region with an all black and white plumage. M Double breast. band. F Easily separable with single breast band.

JUV  Breast band greyish black; feathers on face, throat and breast fringed buff.

STATUS  Common to very common and 1 of the 3 most numerous kingfishers in the world. Resident, but locally nomadic in response to changes in water level and food supply. Usually in pairs or small family groups.

HABITAT  All water bodies with fish (including marine margins); less common along wooded, fast-flowing streams.

FOOD  Mainly fish; also invertebrates such as crabs, prawns and aquatic and terrestrial insects. Hover-hunts more than any other kingfisher, enabling it to hunt far from shore.

CALL  Highly vocal with chattering high-pitched kwik or kwik-kwik-kwik calls.

BR  Monogamous; about 1 out of 3 pairs with nest helpers (always males). Br season varies regionally, peaking Aug­/Nov, but as late as May/June on Botswana floodplains. Nest tunnel excavated by both ads close to water in suitable bank. Eggs incubated by both sexes for about 18 days; chicks fed by both ads and nest helpers if present.

 

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Kfp001

Xini Lagoons

Watching for a meal

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

 

 

Kfp002

Khwai

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk III

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

 

 

Kfp003

Thamalakane River, Maun

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk III

Lens: Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.6-5.6L

 

 

Kfp004

Thamalakane River, Maun

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk III

Lens: Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.6-5.6L

 

 

Kfp005

Khumaga

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk III

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

 

 

Kfp006

'Family dispute'

Xini Lagoons

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk III

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

 

 

Kfp007

With catch

Lower Thamalakane River

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk III

Lens: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L

 

 

Kfp008

Lower Thamalakane River

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk III

Lens: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L

 

 

Kfp009

Lower Thamalakane River

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk III

Lens: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L

 

 

Kfp010

"King of the River"

Lower Thamalakane River

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk III

Lens: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L

 

 

Kfp011

Boteti River

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk III

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L+1.4x Ext

 

 

Kfp012

Boteti River

Hovering before diving

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk III

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L+1.4x Ext

 

 

Kfp013

Shorobe-Buffalo Fence Road

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk III

Lens: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L

 

 

Lfp014

Disaneng, Maun

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L

 

 

Lfp015

Disaneng, Maun

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L

 

 

Kfp016

Samadupi

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk III

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

 

 

Kfp017

Samadupi

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk III

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

 

 

Kfp018

Samadupi

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk III

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L 

 

Kfp019

Samadupi

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk III

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L 

 

Kfp020

Savuti

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L 

 

Kfp021

Khumaga

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

 

 

Kfp022

Thamalakane River, Maun

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L

 

 

Kfp023

Black Pools

Camera: Canon EOS 7D Mk II

Lens: Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 Mk II

 

 

Kfp024

Boteti River

Camera: Canon 7D Mk II

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4

 

 

Kfp025

Disaneng, Maun

Camera: Canon EOS 7D Mk II

Lens: Canon 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 Mk II 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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