The Kingfisher in a Prince’s Royal Attire

  • Malachite Kingfisher

A few weeks ago the Ngoko bug took us on the Chobe river boat cruise with friends from USA. Apart from seeing the impressive large herds of game on Sidudu Island we developed a great interest in birding. We were rewarded with black crowned night herons, giant kingfishers, fish eagles etc but the ultimate was malachite kingfishers. We saw an adult with a small tilapia, she immediately flew away without stopping to devour the fish. We were in hot pursuit only to be rewarded by finding the rest of her family who took over the spoils, the final tally was four kingfishers in exquisite turquoise (Roman Empire soldier head armour, navy blue robes, red swords in adults and black ones in juveniles).

Click on the images then scroll through to see as a slideshow.