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 Post subject: Breeding of the Woodland Kingfisher
Unread postPosted: Sun Mar 01, 2015 11:42 am 
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We discovered a Woodland Kingfisher nest, monitor the behavior of the parents to feed the fast growing chicks Please join me over the next few weeks on my photo tale of this beautiful summer visitor to SA.

Few facts:

This beautiful bird is an intra-African migrant. It can be found from just north of Pretoria in Gauteng, to south of the Sahara desert, migrating up through Africa in the dry season. In South Africa it is most commonly found in Acacia thornveld.

The Woodland Kingfisher call is the first welcome signal of the return of the summer, and it is generally the first migrant bird to return.

The nest is a tree hole excavated by a woodpecker or barbet. A single clutch of three round white eggs is typical.During courtship both the male and female can be seen perched on a branch with wings outstretched, displaying their bright colours.

The amazing discovery we made was the different type of food they bring back to the nest.

We spend over 40 hours at the nest, hope you will enjoy my photo tale and give more in site on the Bird that announced summer every year :dance: :dance:

Day one.... we spotted the nest...

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a Snake on the menu ...

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To be continued..


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 Post subject: Re: Breeding of the Woodland Kingfisher
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Wow ,great shots,can't wait for the next photo's.This will be the first series and will give us insite of the breeding of theis beautiful birds. :hmz:

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Jan, your photos are a feast for the eyes (as usual)! The first one with the colourful wings spread out is exceptionnally beautiful. Looking forward to see the rest of the series.


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 Post subject: Re: Breeding of the Woodland Kingfisher
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Thank you Roelf and Franco for the comments. :thumbs_up:

Hope my series image will give in site into the various food supply for the chicks!


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 Post subject: Re: Breeding of the Woodland Kingfisher
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Wow!!!! Stunning photos and can't wait for the rest to come!!!! :clap: :clap: :clap:

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 Post subject: Re: Breeding of the Woodland Kingfisher
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Looking forward to following this topic Jan! Beautiful photos of a stunning bird and interesting subject matter!

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OH wow :D

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Oh goody !!!....What a start to see some of the family members in action. :clap: :clap:

This promises to be one I will be following closely. :thumbs_up:

Thanks for sharing :popcorn: :popcorn:

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Big thank you to every one following our amazing discovery! :thumbs_up:

Hope my series of images will give a more in site on the hard life of a Woodland parent.. :hmz:

Day 1 continued...

I don't now all the names of all the insects they caught but the chicks were moaning the whole day and the parents bring every +- 20 minutes food to the nest.

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When the chicks spot the parents the moaning increase...

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Most of the time it is Grasshoppers ...

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and Dragon fly....

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Dragon fly was still to big for the chicks and need some more panelbeating..

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Day one to be continued..


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Excellent photos :clap: :clap:


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Wow...these are stunning images,I love the one where he diving down. :clap: :clap: :clap:

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Just stunning Jan, thanks for sharing it with us :clap: :clap:


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superb :D :clap: :clap: :clap:

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What busy parents. Beautiful pictures, Jan. :thumbs_up:

More, please.

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Very interesting sequence of pics!
Thanks Jan! :clap:

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