African Pygmy-Kingfisher
Ispidina picta
The African Pygmy-Kingfisher (Ispidina picta) is a gorgeous little kingfisher that is always a delight to see. In January, 2006, several of us spotted a pair of these beautiful birds feeding young in a nest burrow along the banks of the Olifantspruit River in Limpopo Province, South Africa. Before each trip to the nest burrow we saw that the adults would pause for several seconds on a nearby branch to survey the surroundings. We parked our vehicle near this limb hoping the birds would continue to pause at that spot and we were rewarded with some nice shots. The pair was seen bringing in several frogs, lizards, grasshoppers, dragonflies, and moths. Quite a busy set of parents for sure! The photos shown here were all taken with a Canon EOS 1D Mark II & EF 500mm F/4L IS lens and a 1.4X or 2X extender.