Malachite Kingfisher by zambianlass

Malachite Kingfisher

The Malachite Kingfisher is a favourite of mine but I have never, until this day, been able to get close enough to get a good photo.

At only 13 cm (5.1 in) in length this rainbow coloured beauty is small, but what it lacks in size it makes up for in brightness.

Despite being in the middle of our dry season Zambia is full of so much amazing colour.
Wow that really is amazing, what fabulous colours, fav.
July 3rd, 2013  
so pretty great shot.
July 3rd, 2013  
What a beautiful bird! Well done for getting such a cracking shot. Fav!
July 3rd, 2013  
@paulaw thanks Paula - most kind...
@tammywammy thanks Tammy
@janturnbull thanks so much Janet
July 3rd, 2013  
Wow, such great colours. Awesome capture!
July 3rd, 2013  
What a gorgeous bird - amazing colours! Well captured!!
July 3rd, 2013  
Wow! He certainly is vivid!
July 3rd, 2013  
@susale @wildwood28 @steampowered

Thank you all... I should have also said this is SOOC - he really is that vivid
July 3rd, 2013  
Wow lovely color, and you were lucky to get that close.
July 3rd, 2013  
Amazing intensity! Great shot Z! I've photographed a couple of these birds, the easy way....crystal figurines lol
July 3rd, 2013  
fantastic shot. I love the way the background colours mirror the colours in the bird.
July 3rd, 2013  
Wow, what an amazing photo.
July 3rd, 2013  
Wow fabulous shot!! The kingfisher is my favourite bird and there are so many different kinds. Yours is so very colourful!! Great capture - well done I know how difficult it is to get one of these!! Fav!!
July 3rd, 2013  
This bird is on my bucket list!
July 3rd, 2013  
Fav Fav, My Fav. I agree with Corrie, I wish that one day I can see it too.
July 3rd, 2013  
'Get out of here' was my first reaction then 'WOW!!' :-) Fav
July 3rd, 2013  
Such amazing color, and great focus! So glad you got this shot, xl!
July 3rd, 2013  
Beautiful bird and amazing shot. Lucky you! Fav
July 3rd, 2013  
That is a beautiful bird. Looks like a painting. Fav...
July 3rd, 2013  
What a beauty
July 3rd, 2013  
What a stunning picture of this little bird. Wow, Fav !
July 3rd, 2013  
Beautiful bird, I love the long predominate beak. Great capture.
July 3rd, 2013  
Zam
Great colours and awesome sharp shot, fav !
July 3rd, 2013  
@carldry111 I know we were on the boat and I saw him and started snapping and we just kept moving closer and he still stayed...
@kazlamont hehe
@jantan thanks Jan - I see what you mean
@nicolecampbell thanks Nicole
@pamknowler ah thanks so much Pam - they are quite flighty. So glad you like it. Thanks for the fav
@genesis_one Look forward to seeing yours one day soon
@yaorenliu thanks so much
@thirtysevenways oh wow thanks so much
@carolb me too :-) thanks Carol
@goosemanning thanks soooo much
@hollandcrew wow thanks
@corymbia thank you Amanda
@sjouk thank you lots Sjouk
@cathrinemitch thanks Catherine
@zam ah thank you so much
July 3rd, 2013  
These colors are stunning. NIce close up of this lovely bird. Fav!
July 3rd, 2013  
Very pretty bird and great capture.
July 3rd, 2013  
Fav, I can see this as another PP or TT. The colours are incredible and I love the way you have captured it. Did I say FAV!
July 3rd, 2013  
What a fantastic bird, the colours are amazing. Stunning shot
July 3rd, 2013  
Sue
What a fabulous shot! His colour is amazing! fav!
July 3rd, 2013  
I'm coming to your house! LOL What a find.
July 3rd, 2013  
@amandal Wow thank you
@anazad511 thanks
@silverlight hehe won't count my chickens just yet ;-) thanks so much Cheryl
@roseolivia thanks Rachel
@redpants ah thank you Sue
@tuya hehe thank you
July 3rd, 2013  
Caz
Oh wow, this is stunning ! FAV ! I love it, what a capture .
July 3rd, 2013  
@cazann thank you so much :-))
July 3rd, 2013  
congratulations, stunning capture
July 3rd, 2013  
great shot
July 3rd, 2013  
Wow what amazing colors!
July 3rd, 2013  
Wonderful capture and colors.
July 3rd, 2013  
Instant FAVE.
I love this guy. What colors.
July 3rd, 2013  
Wow, inevitably wow! I saw that others have used the same exclamation but this stunning photo leaves you breathless. The colours, ah! incredible, just fabulous.
July 3rd, 2013  
Beautiful!!! Fantastic capture!
July 3rd, 2013  
What an amazing capture. Love it
July 3rd, 2013  
Nia
WoW! What an amazing capture! This was my dads favorite bird. I can imagine your happiness as the boat drifted closer and the kingfisher continued to pose. Gorgeous shot.
July 3rd, 2013  
FAV! What a gorgeous bird and wonderful capture of him. I can't imagine seeing such a bird in the wild. Such beautiful colors he has.
July 3rd, 2013  
FAV - this is such a stunning little beauty! What a wonderful sight and capture.
July 3rd, 2013  
What an awesome capture, and such a beautiful bird. Fav!
July 3rd, 2013  
Cool capture!!!
July 3rd, 2013  
So that's what this beauty is called! Great shot! Amazing colors :)
July 3rd, 2013  
Beautiful - such great capture of the amazing colors!
July 3rd, 2013  
Oh wow! What a beautiful bird and capture. Great detail.
July 3rd, 2013  
Another stunning shot! Would love to be back in Zambia with all its wildlife. Complete fav for me :)
July 3rd, 2013  
"WOW!" is my comment. What a beautiful picture. I've looked at some of your other photos and many would be favorites of mine. Thank you for visiting my site and commenting.
July 3rd, 2013  
Great job! He is small! At my lake, I finally realized we had the other k ind of Kingfisher. Once I took a pic of one, I could see this gorgeous greyish blue plumage, white collar, crested head. They are much bigger than this little beauty. Maybe 10 inches/12 inches. They chatter chatter chatter as they fly down, hit the water, and snag a fish. So much fun to watch!
July 3rd, 2013  
oh, and a fav!
July 3rd, 2013  
WOW, Amazing and Outstanding shot, one for PP and T20...FAV
July 3rd, 2013  
Amazing shot & processing --fav
July 3rd, 2013  
Wow this is just unbelievably beautiful! Massive Fav!!! This is definately heading onto the PP and TT, the colours are just out of this world!! There is some stunning wildlife around you, fab capture :)
July 3rd, 2013  
Jo
Wow I'm so jealous of this shot, the chances of even seeing a Kingfisher let alone snapping one is very unlikely, you have captured it beautifully, really lovely.
July 3rd, 2013  
Wow that is pretty awesome.
July 3rd, 2013  
that is a really wonderful shot
July 3rd, 2013  
Too colorful to be true, lol, looks like it's been painted :) Terrific capture!!!
July 3rd, 2013  
Got to be another FAV. Love the colours. Did you photograph it or paint it? Great composition.
July 3rd, 2013  
Gorgeous shot! fav :)
July 3rd, 2013  
This is a beautiful shot!!! So much colour!!! FAV!
July 3rd, 2013  
stunning FAV!!!!
July 3rd, 2013  
What an amazing little bird and how wonderful that you got so close for such a fab shot. Love it.
July 3rd, 2013  
Gorgeous, gorgeous colours. I remember one flew into an open window (swimming pool was reflected in window) stunning itself. We were able to take a good look at it before it regained consciousness and flew off. Such beautiful birds.
July 3rd, 2013  
Gorgeous picture - he's quite incredible - well done you for such a great shot :)
July 3rd, 2013  
Wow, wow, wow!! Fav!
July 3rd, 2013  
Amazing shot!! gorgeous colors!
July 3rd, 2013  
Wow, this is a fantastic close up shot!! Beautiful colors.
July 3rd, 2013  
Fantastic shot. Fav
July 3rd, 2013  
Have to add another FAV to the list, this is just stunning!
July 3rd, 2013  
Stunning shot. Fav ツ
July 3rd, 2013  
Wow wow wow -- what a brilliant blue color to its feathers! A stunning shot.
July 4th, 2013  
Stunning. Great colours. You'd think his beak would make him too top heavy :o) xx
July 4th, 2013  
this may be the prettiest little bird i've ever seen. and your picture of it is fabulous. fav!
July 4th, 2013  
Stunning! So beautiful this entire photo looks like a painting! FAV
July 4th, 2013  
Beautiful! Love the colors
July 4th, 2013  
My goodness, what amazing colours. fantastic shot
July 4th, 2013  
Amazing photo. I love the lighting and colors and the angular shapes. Great!
July 4th, 2013  
What an amazing looking bird
July 4th, 2013  
This is fantastic Nicky, would have to be one of my favourites, also read this is sooc, very cool. FAV.
July 4th, 2013  
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Thank you all for your wonderful comments. For those who asked this is not a painting. It is a photograph and it is SOOC... he is that vibrant. I am thrilled you all like my favourite bird so much.

This photo caused a debate at dinner last night as fellow diners told me I had misidentified it and it was actually an African Pygym Kingfisher. Out come the well respected Roberts Bird Book and I also had to call on my cousins knowledge (who is a well respected guide in our biggest game park) and I was right... it is a Malchite after all ;-) The Pygym does look very similar but it only has blue over the crown and purple behind the eyes. ( http://www.biodiversityexplorer.org/birds/alcedinidae/ispidina_picta.htm)
July 4th, 2013  
@espyetta oh yes I know that Kingfisher too... we get it here. Also beautiful. They really are lovely to watch aren't they.

@roddy shame I know they often fly into windows and aren't always so lucky... glad yours flew away again

@andrina we do have some beautiful wildlife here... and this project helps me spot it better as sometimes it is hidden away...

@carolyns ah thank you so much - very sweet of you to say that

@julievalerie when were you in Zambia Julie? Were you visiting or did you live here? Your home now sounds beautiful.
July 4th, 2013  
Omg. You must have been as thrilled as a thrilled thing. Super dooper instant fav!!!!!!
July 4th, 2013  
@gillg I nearly wobbled out the boat :-) thank you so much Gill
July 4th, 2013  
@zambianlass I was a trolley dolly for British Caledonian and used to fly to Lusaka every couple of months. Most of us would head straight to the Kafue National Park for our time off. They were my favourite trips and still miss them!
July 4th, 2013  
Wow that is so sticking. Fabulous!!
July 4th, 2013  
@julievalerie ah the days of British Caledonian. My sister and I had our BC passports and used to love sending up to the flight deck for stamps from the pilots. I am sure we were even allowed up to the flight deck in those days ourselves. I am so glad you have such fond memories of Zambia :-) Come back one day - it is still beautiful
July 4th, 2013  
@golab thanks Keren, glad you like it :-) thanks for the visit
July 4th, 2013  
Stunningly beautiful shot! I'd love to see a kingfisher in the flesh, let along capture a shot of one!
July 4th, 2013  
@alia_801 Ah thanks so much Alia for coming to visit my photo and for leaving such a lovely comment
July 4th, 2013  
Ian
Amazing shot Zambian Lass, absolutely stunning photograph ! SOOC too makes it even more impressive.
July 4th, 2013  
Wow, this is magnificent. Fabulous colours.
July 4th, 2013  
Awesome capture, amazing colours :)
July 4th, 2013  
Oh Nicky this is fabulous with a capital F!!! Amazing capture, details and colour. A fav!!
July 4th, 2013  
@sangwann ah thank you... glad you like it
@sjodell thanks so much for visiting :-) and leaving such a kind comment
@elaine55 ah too kind Elaine... thank you - know you are super busy at the mo so appreciate you taking the time to swing by and leave a fav :-))
July 4th, 2013  
Deb
Wow! Great shot and such vibrant colors :D
July 4th, 2013  
This is just a wow. Fav. Amazing colours and focus.
July 4th, 2013  
@deburahiru ah thanks so much :-) so lovely of you to come visit my photo

@edie ah thank you so much for the fabulous fav and for stopping by to take a look
July 4th, 2013  
What absolutely mind-blowing colours, fav easily
July 4th, 2013  
Fantastic shot Nicky, the colours of the Kingfisher really are vivid and beautiful. Such a worthy Fav for me :)
July 4th, 2013  
@ch1ppy_m1nton ah thanks so much :-))

@photosbyjon thanks so much John - glad you like the colourful birdie
July 4th, 2013  
Top shot
July 4th, 2013  
Awesome picture of a beautiful creature! Following you now for sure!
July 4th, 2013  
Love your capture. You did it, finally. Well done! Great colors and dof!
July 4th, 2013  
@zambianlass Lol used to love taking kids up to the flight deck. When I win the lottery I'll book my flights!
July 4th, 2013  
this is amazing! just love the colors! fav!
July 4th, 2013  
@killeen thanks David
@juletee ah thank so much for following me
@julievalerie perhaps you took us once :-) hope you win soon :-)
@wind_of_the_sothern_sea ah thanks Arefin. Lucky find :-)
July 4th, 2013  
Wow! Some seriously vibrant colors indeed, Nicky! Gorgeous shot!
July 4th, 2013  
Amazing colours!
July 4th, 2013  
Great capture, so clear and bright colours. Fav.
July 4th, 2013  
ow this is a stunning shot a FAV
July 4th, 2013  
Oh my!
S T U N N I N G
July 4th, 2013  
He really is truly beautiful and well done you for catching him - FAV for sure :)
July 4th, 2013  
this is an absolutely stunning photo
July 4th, 2013  
Fantabulous. Well done you. It almost looks like a painting
July 4th, 2013  
Never realised how beautifully marked these birds were, lovely shot.
July 4th, 2013  
Love the color! Beautiful shot!
July 5th, 2013  
Fantastic shot! Love all the color. This would look wonderful printed and framed or on a postcard. FAV!
July 5th, 2013  
Spectacular shot of a skittish bird (kingfishers all over the world are a nervous lot).
July 5th, 2013  
Beautiful bird, beautifully photographed!
July 5th, 2013  
@rhoing @richardcreese @snowy @kdimagery @heidihp @amylaurenmarshall @chezza @greenpeg @amandabroggi @grannysue @timerskine

Thank you all so much for your wonderful comments and fav's... the Kingfisher is feeling top of the world and I am so thrilled.
July 5th, 2013  
Spectacular! Fav.
July 5th, 2013  
@happysnap ah thanks so much Linda :-)))
July 5th, 2013  
instant FAV! Must be something wrong with the system if this doesn't make the PP!
July 5th, 2013  
@angelat thanks Angela... it hasn't made it there... you've all been so kind about this photo though. Thank you
July 5th, 2013  
Beautifl bird and a lovely crisp shot.
July 5th, 2013  
just one word Fav
July 5th, 2013  
@frankhymus ah thanks Frank

@gerry Gerry - thank you so much - am thrilled
July 5th, 2013  
gorgeous. Fav!
July 5th, 2013  
@libertylady ah how wonderful - thank you :-)
July 5th, 2013  
I can't believe that this didn't make PP. I've never had that many faves! Sheesh. Sometimes the monkeys can be mean;-).
July 5th, 2013  
@amandal hehe you are funny... they are plain mean aren't they ;-)
July 5th, 2013  
Wow! Spectacular shot. Another fav
July 5th, 2013  
@omabluebird oh wow thank you - kingfisher and I are just so thrilled
July 5th, 2013  
wow! fav!!!!!!!!!!!!
July 5th, 2013  
@hettie thanks Hettie :-)
July 6th, 2013  
I've got terribly behind and to think I nearly missed this fabulous shot - an instant FAV
July 6th, 2013  
@malc ah thanks Malc - I am always behind so know the feeling :-)
July 6th, 2013  
Fantastic colours.
July 7th, 2013  
Oh My,.... fav. The colours and clarity of this shot are fabulous Nicky. Well done
July 12th, 2013  
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