Copyright © 2017 by Ali Bernie Buga-ay, all rights reserved. Banded Kingfisher (female): this photograph may not be used without permission.

The whistling call of the Banded Kingfisher starts loud and long then it fades away shorter and shorter. It is such an interesting Kingfisher and we thought that it would be difficult to find them but little did we realize for one hour of listening and looking for them, the female Banded Kingfisher was just above us, perched on a branch. As soon as we found it, we positioned to take photographs but it flew away before we could take photographs. We waited again and we found the female again and followed it around, we realized that this Kingfisher does not need to be near water to find food. It was hunting for its prey above trees, and it is such a beautiful bird to watch.

Found in Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, Sumatra, Malaysia, Laos, Java, Brunei, and of course Thailand; it is extinct in Singapore. The bird also nests in burrowed trees above a termite colony or some rotting tree.

Khao Yai National Park, Thailand
February 25, 2017
Nikon D500 + Nikkor 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR

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