Skip to Content

Kingfishers in SA seen through my lens

Identify and index birds in Southern Africa
Jan van Wyk
Legendary Virtual Ranger
Legendary Virtual Ranger
Award: Travel Tale of the Year - KNP Kruger Campfire Award (2016)
Award: Sighting of the Year - Birds (2015)
Posts: 6980
Joined: Sun Dec 25, 2011 8:37 pm

Kingfishers in SA seen through my lens

Unread post by Jan van Wyk » Sun Feb 02, 2014 3:39 pm

Through my lens over the years I captured many Kingfishers images, so join me on a colorful journey of one of South Africa most beautiful and colourful birds. I will share portraits,different type of catches and images in flight....so please bear with me...

Most Kingfishers are water birds but some Kingfishers,however,are not associate with water at all. These catch mainly insects.

All Kingfishers are colourful attractive birds and made the most beautiful photographs.

There are 10 types of Kingfishers in SA. At the moment I have captured 7 of them and the only Kingfishers outstanding are he Greywooded, Mangove and the small Pigmy.....may be one day :hmz:

This is just my journey spending may hours at waterholes and travel may kilometers to get the perfect Kingfisher image....

Comments and views will be most appreciated. :thumbs_up:

To get the ball on the roll .....portraits of the Kingfishers....

Malachite

Image


Woodland

Image


Brown-hooded

Image

Pied

Image

Halfcollared

Image
Last edited by Jan van Wyk on Sun Feb 09, 2014 4:56 pm, edited 1 time in total.

User avatar
Goronta
Distinguished Virtual Ranger
Distinguished Virtual Ranger
Award: Sighting of the Year- Bird - Fish Eagle Award (2016)
Posts: 2861
Joined: Sun Feb 14, 2010 5:30 pm
Location: France for a while

Re: Kingfishers seen through my lens

Unread post by Goronta » Sun Feb 02, 2014 3:45 pm

Nice thread Jan :thumbs_up:
Kingfishers are so beautiful :D
Well captured as usual
:clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:
Carpe diem

KTP JULY-AUGUST 2017
jul 27th/ 28th : K.K
29th : Nossob
30th to aug 1st : Gharagab
aug 2nd to 5th : Grootkolk
aug 6th to 7th : KTC then Namibia and Namaqua : 16th

KRUGER OCT 22th- NOV 1st :D

User avatar
Hugh
Legendary Virtual Ranger
Legendary Virtual Ranger
Posts: 7083
Joined: Sat Aug 11, 2007 7:29 pm
Location: Parklands Cape Town

Re: Kingfishers seen through my lens

Unread post by Hugh » Sun Feb 02, 2014 4:00 pm

I will be looking forward to the rest of your photos . Thank you
Camping:-where you spend a fortune to live like a homeless person

User avatar
SurfCindy
Senior Virtual Ranger
Senior Virtual Ranger
Posts: 1238
Joined: Sun May 20, 2012 10:23 am

Re: Kingfishers seen through my lens

Unread post by SurfCindy » Sun Feb 02, 2014 4:01 pm

Lovely stunning images. Thanks for sharing :thumbs_up:

User avatar
Trrp-trrrrrrrr
Legendary Virtual Ranger
Legendary Virtual Ranger
FAC Member (2015)
Posts: 16111
Joined: Mon Sep 24, 2012 4:57 pm

Re: Kingfishers seen through my lens

Unread post by Trrp-trrrrrrrr » Sun Feb 02, 2014 6:08 pm

Toooooooo beautiful Jan. :clap: :clap: :clap:

Looking forward to the rest..great thread. :thumbs_up:
The human spirit needs places where nature has not been rearranged by the hand of man. ~Author unknown

User avatar
jaytea
Virtual Ranger
Virtual Ranger
Award: Best Sighting of the Year - Small creatures and/or insects (2015)
Posts: 995
Joined: Sat Aug 10, 2013 7:53 pm
Location: West Coast of Canada

Re: Kingfishers seen through my lens

Unread post by jaytea » Mon Feb 03, 2014 6:25 am

Love the KFs they are great models for photos - and yours are fantastic!
My latest trip report is started! https://www.sanparks.org/forums/viewtopic.php?f=27&t=97558
Old trip reports:
A New Species each day! KNP Nov 2013

User avatar
Riaanf31
Posts: 195
Joined: Sat Jan 02, 2010 4:36 pm
Location: London, but from Blaauwberg

Re: Kingfishers seen through my lens

Unread post by Riaanf31 » Mon Feb 03, 2014 4:07 pm

Wow, I'm going to enjoy this one. Thanks very much for starting this thread Jan. Any chance you would be able to list a few of the places where you've seen some of the 'harder' spots, like the Half Collared? :hmz: :hmz: :hmz:
To see a sunrise in KNP is to see magic.

Jan van Wyk
Legendary Virtual Ranger
Legendary Virtual Ranger
Award: Travel Tale of the Year - KNP Kruger Campfire Award (2016)
Award: Sighting of the Year - Birds (2015)
Posts: 6980
Joined: Sun Dec 25, 2011 8:37 pm

Re: Kingfishers seen through my lens

Unread post by Jan van Wyk » Mon Feb 03, 2014 5:27 pm

Thank you all for visiting my new thread and appreciated all the comments.

Hope that the images I will upload over the next months will be enjoyed by every one.

I will upload many portraits as well as many different type of catches.......so please bear with me.

Riaanf31...will list as far as possible all the places where we spot them.

The one I forgot to upload yesterday was the Giant Kingfisher(Sabie bridge)

Image

To get things going .....one of my best images of a Woodland with a Platana.... :dance: :dance:
(taken at Loskopdam)

Image

User avatar
lion queen
Forum Assistant
Forum Assistant
Posts: 14862
Joined: Tue Oct 06, 2009 5:03 pm
Location: Upington SA

Re: Kingfishers seen through my lens

Unread post by lion queen » Mon Feb 03, 2014 8:41 pm

Not sure how I missed the start of this great topic!!!

Absolutely amazing photos!!! :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:

Thank you for spoiling us with your great sightings!! :gflower:
You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough - Mae West

User avatar
hilda
Forum Assistant
Forum Assistant
FAC Member (2016)
FAC Member (2015)
Posts: 17477
Joined: Fri Apr 06, 2007 6:39 am
Location: Pretoria SA

Re: Kingfishers seen through my lens

Unread post by hilda » Tue Feb 04, 2014 5:17 am

Thank you for this colourful thread Jan! Awesome pictures! :clap: :clap:
"It always seems impossible until it is done." - Nelson Mandela.

User avatar
Riaanf31
Posts: 195
Joined: Sat Jan 02, 2010 4:36 pm
Location: London, but from Blaauwberg

Re: Kingfishers seen through my lens

Unread post by Riaanf31 » Tue Feb 04, 2014 3:46 pm

Love your work Jan. Thanks for adding the places of where you've spotted and taken the pictures of these wonderful birds.

I've never seen the half collared KF so it's on my KNP bucket list. I managed to see my first Pygmy KF during my trip in December last year.

This is now my favourite thread on the entire Forum :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:
To see a sunrise in KNP is to see magic.

Jan van Wyk
Legendary Virtual Ranger
Legendary Virtual Ranger
Award: Travel Tale of the Year - KNP Kruger Campfire Award (2016)
Award: Sighting of the Year - Birds (2015)
Posts: 6980
Joined: Sun Dec 25, 2011 8:37 pm

Re: Kingfishers seen through my lens

Unread post by Jan van Wyk » Tue Feb 04, 2014 4:48 pm

Thank you all for the comments...appreciate them all! :D

Riaanf31 ...my pleasure... :D The Pygmy is still on my list to photograph...may be someday... :wink:

Never saw a half collared myself in Kruger but know visitors that saw one at LP. Good luck and hold thumps :thumbs_up:

MK with his catch....

Image

Pied playing....

Image

User avatar
lion queen
Forum Assistant
Forum Assistant
Posts: 14862
Joined: Tue Oct 06, 2009 5:03 pm
Location: Upington SA

Re: Kingfishers seen through my lens

Unread post by lion queen » Tue Feb 04, 2014 7:51 pm

:clap: :clap: :clap:


Love the playful Pied KF!!
You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough - Mae West

User avatar
hilda
Forum Assistant
Forum Assistant
FAC Member (2016)
FAC Member (2015)
Posts: 17477
Joined: Fri Apr 06, 2007 6:39 am
Location: Pretoria SA

Re: Kingfishers seen through my lens

Unread post by hilda » Wed Feb 05, 2014 4:31 pm

Great shots Jan! :clap: :clap:
"It always seems impossible until it is done." - Nelson Mandela.

Jan van Wyk
Legendary Virtual Ranger
Legendary Virtual Ranger
Award: Travel Tale of the Year - KNP Kruger Campfire Award (2016)
Award: Sighting of the Year - Birds (2015)
Posts: 6980
Joined: Sun Dec 25, 2011 8:37 pm

Re: Kingfishers seen through my lens

Unread post by Jan van Wyk » Wed Feb 05, 2014 4:38 pm

lion queen -Appreciate your comment :D

Landing poses...

Halfcollared...
Loskopdam

Image

Woodland....
Loskopdam

Image


Return to “Birding in Southern Africa”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest

Webcam Highlights

Addo
Submitted by Nkulu at 11:45:09
orpen
Submitted by Philip1 at 19:28:31
satara
Submitted by THM at 13:31:44
nossob
Submitted by THM at 13:33:02