Number 1. Common Kingfisher - Alcedo athis.
it has been very wet this last 36 hours and we have floods which is not very pleasant and makes birdwatching and photography a bit difficult. I was looking at my galleries of Kingfishers and realised that I have taken photographs of 13 different species of Kingfishers. I have posted them here for you to compare.
Number 2. Pied Kingfisher - Ceryle rudis
This one was photographed in Cape Town South Africa but I have also photographed them in both Gambia and Sri Lanka.
Number 3 Giant Kingfisher - Megaceryle maxima
Photographed in Gambia but I have also seen this species in South Africa, this one is a male.
Number 4. White throated Kingfisher - Halcyon smyrnensis
This is a very common and quite noisy kingfisher in Sri Lanka where this photograph was taken.
Number 5. Belted Kingfisher - Megaceryle alcyon
The common North American Kingfisher. This one is a male, the female has a patch of rusty red on the belly. They are not easy to get close to in my experience but this one was photographed from my car at a truck stop in the Everglades National Park just after dawn in March.
Number 6 Malachite Kingfisher - Corythornis cristatus.
A very small kingfisher that looks quite similar to the Common Kingfisher but is even more intensely marked. Getting a photograph of this bird was probably one of my most satisfying birding experiences because I had failed on several trips previously.
Sri Lanka Common Kingfisher - Albedo athis taprobana