2017-03-12: Kingfishers

Again this week I am replacing my “What I’ve seen this week” post with some photos from my time in Uganda.  Basically, because all I have seen recently is snow… and not the nice to photograph, snow glistening from sunlit trees… the regular, driveway and road clogging, get out the snow blower and get on with the day kind of snow.  Perhaps my desire for winter to end is a bit apparent!!! But anyways, on with today’s post.

During my time in Uganda, I took an afternoon boat trip along the Kazinga channel, where I saw more kingfishers in under 3 hours than I had seen in all my life before, combined.  I’m not exaggerating to say there were hundreds of individuals there.  There are nesting colonies along the river banks with dozens of birds at each site, and it just kept going and going.

Note, I meant to post this much earlier in the day, but I have been having nothing but issues with the WordPress “http error” when trying to upload images.  My workaround was loading them to Google Drive, downloading to my mobile phone and uploading to media that way, but it certainly isn’t an efficient work around.  Hopefully the “Happiness Engineers” will have some info as to how to resolve this issue.

Now, onto the pictures.

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It was easy enough to get a photo of a pair of kingfishers as we cruised along, but the tree had probably 20+ birds in it.

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Get off my branch!

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A malachite kingfisher spotted in the reed beds.

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A happy couple perched on an acacia tree.

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My first sighting of a woodland kingfisher – what a beauty!

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Another view of the malachite in the reeds. I spotted two of these while on the cruise, but only managed decent-ish photos of one.

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It was very loud from all the calling and chattering by the pied kingfishers.

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The pied kingfishers nest in the steep banks of the channel.

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Soaked after a dip.

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On the lookout.

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