Pied Kingfisher
Ceryle rudis
The Pied Kingfisher (Ceryle rudis) is fairly common and widespread across much of Africa, the Middle East and s.e. Asia. Like many kingfishers, this species feeds on small fish and often hunts from a stationary perch. This bird was perched on a stick along the Okavango River in Botswana during October, 1998. The photos were taken from a boat with a Canon EOS 1N & EF 300mm F4L IS lens with a 1.4X extender on Fuji Sensia 100. The camera and lens were hand-held on a BushHawk shoulder mount.