Stork-billed Kingfisher – a bad day

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“This Stork-billed Kingfisher (Halcyon capensis malaccensis) was having a tough time in the rain as it impaired its ability to get fish. Multiple attempts while I watched yielded no catch.

“Came out of the water to this perch and, when it shook off the water, had the nictitating membrane Stork-billed Kingfisher – a bad dayLINK drawn up to prevent injury (giving an odd look, above, below).

“Apart from the head bobbing behaviour, that many kingfishers like to do, it was also frequently “wags” the tail (below).

Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS
Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
14th February 2013

Location: Tambun Interior, Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
Habitat: Limestone hills with ex-mining pools
Conditions: Early morning, out cycling

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