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Malagasy kingfisher, Ivoloina park,Madagascar Freely roaming around the lake in Ivoloina park.<br />
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This species superficially resembles the widely spread Common Kingfisher, yet the comparison falls apart in many ways when inspecting them up close. This species instead is closely related to the Malachite kingfisher seen here:<br />
<figure class="photo"><a href="https://www.jungledragon.com/image/51822/malacahite_kingfisher.html" title="Malacahite kingfisher"><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.jungledragon.com/images/2173/51822_thumb.jpg?AWSAccessKeyId=05GMT0V3GWVNE7GGM1R2&Expires=1593043210&Signature=pnfPAMRiF5idZFkKQ5t%2FwACOnWU%3D" width="200" height="130" alt="Malacahite kingfisher  Botswana,Corythornis cristatus,Geotagged,Malacahite kingfisher" /></a></figure><br />
The only other Kingfisher species found in Madagascar is the super tiny Madagascan Pygmy Kingfisher:<br />
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<figure class="photo"><a href="https://www.jungledragon.com/image/34519/madagascan_pygmy_kingfisher_masoala_madagascar.html" title="Madagascan pygmy kingfisher, Masoala, Madagascar"><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.jungledragon.com/images/2/34519_thumb.jpg?AWSAccessKeyId=05GMT0V3GWVNE7GGM1R2&Expires=1593043210&Signature=TIfQ3Wq7lM%2FF%2Bz6Qmf%2FLdq599pQ%3D" width="200" height="134" alt="Madagascan pygmy kingfisher, Masoala, Madagascar A bit far away, but they are small, called Pygmy for a reason :) Africa,Corythornis madagascariensis,Geotagged,Madagascan pygmy kingfisher,Madagascar,Madagascar North,Masoala,Spring,World" /></a></figure><br />
All three share the same genus. <br />
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It&#039;s possible to get close to this bird, it just takes a long time. Take one step, wait. Take one step, wait. Each time wait until it dismisses you as a threat. In my experience, within the 5m range it tends to leave.<br />
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Malagasy kingfisher, Ivoloina park,Madagascar

Freely roaming around the lake in Ivoloina park.

This species superficially resembles the widely spread Common Kingfisher, yet the comparison falls apart in many ways when inspecting them up close. This species instead is closely related to the Malachite kingfisher seen here:

Malacahite kingfisher  Botswana,Corythornis cristatus,Geotagged,Malacahite kingfisher

The only other Kingfisher species found in Madagascar is the super tiny Madagascan Pygmy Kingfisher:

Madagascan pygmy kingfisher, Masoala, Madagascar A bit far away, but they are small, called Pygmy for a reason :) Africa,Corythornis madagascariensis,Geotagged,Madagascan pygmy kingfisher,Madagascar,Madagascar North,Masoala,Spring,World

All three share the same genus.

It's possible to get close to this bird, it just takes a long time. Take one step, wait. Take one step, wait. Each time wait until it dismisses you as a threat. In my experience, within the 5m range it tends to leave.

    comments (10)

  1. Very special , and exiting for you to capture it. Posted 2 months ago
    1. Thanks, Ernst. Wasn't the first though, in an earlier edition I got even closer and in better light:

      Closeup of Malagasy Kingfisher, Ankarafantsika, Madagascar We found this small kingfisher whilst we were waiting for our guide to arrive for a tour early in the morning on our 2nd day in Ankarafantsika NP. I took about 10 shots, each time moving closer one step whilst maintaining eye contact during the process. This is as far as it allowed me :) Africa,Alcedo vintsioides,Ankarafantsika,Corythornis vintsioides,Geotagged,Madagascar,Madagascar North,Malagasy Kingfisher,Malagasy kingfisher,Spring,World
      Posted 2 months ago, modified 2 months ago
  2. Gorgeous shot Ferdy - wow! Posted 2 months ago
    1. Thanks, Arp! Here's one even closer and in better light:

      Closeup of Malagasy Kingfisher, Ankarafantsika, Madagascar We found this small kingfisher whilst we were waiting for our guide to arrive for a tour early in the morning on our 2nd day in Ankarafantsika NP. I took about 10 shots, each time moving closer one step whilst maintaining eye contact during the process. This is as far as it allowed me :) Africa,Alcedo vintsioides,Ankarafantsika,Corythornis vintsioides,Geotagged,Madagascar,Madagascar North,Malagasy Kingfisher,Malagasy kingfisher,Spring,World
      Posted 2 months ago, modified 2 months ago
      1. Fantastic sharpness on that one, but I still like the complete scene of the one above very much - has a totally different atmosphere with the bird really "popping out" of the image ... almost a bit HDR-like ... Posted 2 months ago
        1. You spotted my fraud. This image was quite dark, as there was backlight. Regular exposure changes did not fix it enough, so had to get in there with the brush to lighten up the bird to show some detail.

          I will cover my tracks better next time ;)
          Posted 2 months ago
          1. Ahw Ferdy, that's not fraud, that's improvement - I really DO like the result! Posted 2 months ago
            1. Thank you :) Fraud is perhaps too strong, I'm making good use of RAW and my camera's excellent dynamic range. Yet with a super critical view, it's somewhat unnatural looking. Not HDR-fake-over-the-top, just slightly off.

              Glad you like it though :)
              Posted 2 months ago
  3. Lovely one Ferdy - love the pygmy too! Posted 2 months ago
    1. Thanks! Posted 2 months ago

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The Malagasy kingfisher or Madagascar kingfisher is a species of bird in the family Alcedinidae that is found in Madagascar, and Mayotte . Its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical mangrove forests.

It is closely related to the malachite kingfisher which is widely distributed in mainland Africa.

Species identified by Ferdy Christant
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By Ferdy Christant

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Uploaded Mar 10, 2020. Captured Jul 24, 2019 11:04.
  • NIKON D850
  • f/5.6
  • 1/250s
  • ISO250
  • 400mm