Giant Kingfisher (Female) Megaceryle maxima
This is the largest Kingfisher in Africa, where it is a resident breeding bird over most of the continent south of the Sahara Desert other than the arid southwest.
The Giant Kingfisher is 42–48 cm (16½-18⅞ inches) long, with a large crest and finely spotted white on blackupperparts. The male has a chestnut breast band and otherwise white underparts with dark flank barring, and the female has a white-spotted black breast band and chestnut belly.
This beautiful example of this wonderful Kingfisher has caught her dinner, but is wondering how best to deal with what is a relatively large baby catfish.
This late afternoon image was captured on the Chobe River, near Kasane, northern Botswana, Southern Africa.