What a Mouthful!

What a Mouthful!

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.

 

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