Monday, January 9, 2012

White-Throated Kingfisher

It posed for me
@ Singapore Botanical Gardens

The kingfisher happily shared the roof with a spotted dove
The little kingfisher is one of the most delightful local birds to watch. It is colourful both in looks and personality. It flies swiftly, dives for fish with a small splash and filling the air with its unmistakable call.

One can usually spy a kingfisher or two at the Singapore Botanical Gardens, one of the best places to see birds here. Today, I saw just one - the White-Throated Kingfisher (Halcyon smyrnensis). And what a model it was.

The birds sat for long spells on the stage, roof, lamp post and walkway. It would survey its surroundings with watchful, if not curious, eyes. It certainly wasn't jumpy when humans walked past it. So I managed to capture it at the different spots it sat on, once sharing the roof top with a Spotted Dove with nary a push or a shove. Don't you just love its outfit?


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