Kingfishers in Action: Amazing Photos

by Rebecca on March 26, 2010

in Animal Pictures

An adult male Common Kingfisher perches on a No Fishing sign while holding a fish in its beak

An adult male Common Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis) perches on a No Fishing sign while holding a fish in its beak

Joe Petersburger, a National Geographic photographer based in Hungary, won the first prize in the Nature Singles category of the World Press Photo contest for this picture of a hunting kingfisher.

Joe Petersburger, a National Geographic photographer based in Hungary, won the first prize in the Nature Singles category for this picture of a hunting kingfisher

Here are more of his photos….

The kingfisher plunges into its reflection in the calm water

A male emerges from the water with a Common Roach (Rutilus rutilus).  Since the birds' metabolism is very fast, they have to eat 60% of their bodyweight every day

Parents (mostly the male) must catch lot of fish to satisfy the five to seven chicks...

...Moreover, male kingfishers are polygamous, meaning they might have two or three wives, each with her own brood of chicks

A freshly-caught fish struggles to get free. Kingfishers shake their prey and hit the heads of the fish against their perch to kill them and break their bones

Joe Petersburger's camera  freezes the bird as it speeds towards the water

He perches on a  twig  with an Agile Frog (Rana dalmatina) in his beak

A male perches on a twig over the surface of the water at sunset and holds a fish he caught as food for the chicks


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