A Malachite Kingfisher ( Alcedo cristata ) captured in the Xudum Channel in the Okavango Delta in Botswana. This is a species common to reeds and aquatic vegetation near slow moving water. The flight of the Malachite Kingfisher is fast with short rounded wings whirring until they appear a mere blur. It usually flies low over water.The bird has regular perches or stands from which it fishes. These are usually low over the water. It sits upright, its tail pointed downwards. It drops suddenly with a splash and usually returns at once with a struggling captive.
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