Wednesday, 3 June 2020

My first Kotare




Last week I was fortunate enough to get a shot of this little guy on the neighbour's roof. This is a Kingfisher or as it's known in Maori, a Kotare.  It's not often I get shots like this because my camera has a normal lens, so by the time I usually run upstairs to get the close up lens, swap them over then run to where I need to be the bird is gone. Thankfully I stuck the camera out the bedroom window which is on the 2nd floor of our house and took some photos.

These guys aren't normally seen in residential areas, they tend to live in both coastal and freshwater habitats. They dine on small crabs, tadpoles, freshwater crayfish, insects, spiders, lizards, mice and small birds but the good thing is that they aren't endangered however here they are protected.

Linking up with My Corner of the World and Wordless Wednesday.

15 comments:

Tom said...

...and my first one too!

Graham Edwards said...

I had a family nesting in the bank behind The Cottage when I lived near Napier. It was wonderful watching them go in and out. They used to perch on my washing line pole too.

Amy said...

It gets to be quite an interesting watching birds isn't it Graham? I'm finding myself taking photos of different birds more and more.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Sweet bird and nice photo feat! For sure it would have flown away before I could do all that you did! Impressed!

Tigger said...

It's that flash of colour when they fly that gets us; so brief, so beautiful.

At Home In New Zealand said...

Kingfishers are beautiful birds. I know what you mean about grabbing the camera and lens, the birds are usually long gone :)

Deb Nance at Readerbuzz said...

Wow. I've never seen such a lovely bird. My strategy is to get what I can while I see it, and then go for the better camera.

Carol @Comfort Spring Station said...

I have the same problem getting photos of birds - beautiful!

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Oh those Kingfisher beaks are so recognisable Amy, it's so exciting to catch a shot like this, well done 💜

carol l mckenna said...

Gorgeous shot of the Kingfisher ~ !

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Billy Blue Eyes said...

Nice thinking and a great capture, it's a beautiful bird

Bill said...

and what a great photo you got of the wee bird. Nice capture, Amy.

betty-NZ said...

The are certainly beautiful and your capture is great!

Thanks for being a part of 'My Corner of the World' this week!

Veronica Lee said...

What a lovely bird! Love your capture.

Rhonda Albom said...

Great photo. I have seen a couple of kingfishers near me but I've never been able to get a close up like yours.

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