Friday, September 3, 2010

Blue-eared Kingfisher, (Alcedo meninting)

There were three of these birds at the dirty canal I talked about earlier. They were extremely vary of me at first and took flight when I got barely close enough for a video. But I observed that they came round every time.   Then I realized why. They were feasting on  Thilapia  Juveniles which were swarming that part of the canal. So I decided to hang around a little, hoping they would get used to me,and they did. Eventually, I was able to get as close to them as teen feet, roughly. But these kingfishers being quite small, even that wasn't close enough for my camera to make a well zoomed and focused footage, but this turned out a little better than my earlier video of the same species. I 'll keep trying, with them as well as White-breasted Kingfishers.   

7 comments:

  1. Hi Amila - nice bit of footage today and yesterday's beetles. Your kingfisher looks very like ours A.atthis

    Cheers

    Davo

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  2. Hi Amila,

    You always come up with something very interesting and unusual!

    Ron

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  3. Wow, what beautiful colors. The blue is so pretty. Reminds me of our Blue Jays up here on the mountain. :)

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  4. I like wild life becouse I love animal and birds so this blog is very useful for me..Thanks for nice post..

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  6. Hi Davo, Thanks,and yes,Common Kingfisher looks similar to Blue-eared Kingfisher,they belong to the same genus.Wikipedia says there is a subspecies of A.atthis in Sri Lanka too,A. a. taprobana.

    Hi Ron and Pawzy , Thank you!

    Hi Tuscany, Well come to my blog! Pleas do visit again.

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  7. It also reminded me of "our" Kingfisher A.atthis. You got very close, nice! I have only got close to one in a hide. Usually they'll fly around me in big circles and never get used to me.

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