A super fast, secretive and very unpredictable colorful Kingfisher and the second smallest in Africa at 14cm. They dive from a low perch to catch mainly fish and aquatic insects. I worked on a Malachite Kingfisher nest for 21 days from a small homemade hide. I had the privilege to photograph most of the arrivals by both parents with various types of food. After 7 days the first juvenile suddenly appeared on the perch for the first time after being called by one of the parents dangling a fish. The parent showed the fish to the juvenile and then suddenly dived down to the water's edge to show the youngster where it came from. After two maiden dives the juvenile returned to the perch and the parent fed him the fish. For me in terms of Kingfisher photography this will be my Royal Flush. I always dreamed of capturing a Malachite Kingfisher in flight, or flying with a fish or even the ultimate feeding session but never in my wildest dreams did I imagine an image with all those dreams in one. Truly my Royal Flush.