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Fishing Party by Simbas-pal Fishing Party by Simbas-pal
This handsome couple is a pair of Pied Kingfishers hanging out over the Shire River in southern Malawi. The male is on the left, and the female on the right (markings on the breast distinguish the genders). They are, of course, not just hanging out; they are looking for fish to eat. These little birds were lots of fun to watch fishing: when they spot potential prey, they fly up and hover, like a helicopter, directly over the water until they have their specific fish in sight; then they dive down, and bring up their catch. From what I saw, they donít miss often.:)

Taken in Liwonde National Park, Malawi

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ihamo Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2014
Amazing shot!
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MorganWolfram Featured By Owner May 23, 2013  Student Writer
Cute!
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Kineil-Wicks Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013  Student General Artist
Very cool. Love their poses, and the information about them. I also like the focus here, giving a sharp contrast between the birds and the background.
Excellent photo! :)
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GraceSwan Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
What an impressive little couple!
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Simbas-pal Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013
Thanks; glad you liked the shot!:) (Sorry for the delayed response; I've been away from dA for a while.)
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waiting-for-wings Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
wonderful!
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Simbas-pal Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013
Thanks; glad you like it!:)
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Eyrene10 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013
so cute! great photo :D
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Simbas-pal Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013
Thanks; they are adorable little birds! Glad you like the shot.:)
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Eyrene10 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013
you're welcome :)
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SilverVulpine Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Great work! :aww:
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Simbas-pal Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013
Thanks; glad you like it.:)
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SilverVulpine Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
You're welcome. :)
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MarietteBerndsen Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Wonderful photo ! Thanks for sharing !
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Simbas-pal Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013
Thanks; glad you like it.:)
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Andres-Cadena Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Great photo!
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Simbas-pal Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013
THanks; glad you like it.:)
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mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Hello B-) Your photo has been featured as one of #Bird-Photography's and/or #Birds-Club's top submissions for the month of January. You can visit the article which also contains other beautiful bird art here: [link]
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Simbas-pal Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013
Thank you, Melissa. I am truly honored to have my photos featured alongside such great artwork.:D
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BirdGVee Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Student General Artist
Nice shot :thumpsup:

I've never seen those. They are beautiful.
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Simbas-pal Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013
Thanks; glad you like the shot.:) They are engaging little birds!:D
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BirdGVee Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Student General Artist
Sure they are :D

Kingfishers, in English, isn't it?
We only have one species of them here in Germany. They look like this: [link]
:)
When you're on a river, it's like a blue bullet shooting by :D
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Simbas-pal Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013
Your kingfishers are beauties, too! We have some in the US but I've not seen them in the wild where I live; I had to go to Africa to find them!:)
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BirdGVee Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Student General Artist
Haha, kind of odd :D
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ChristineKalliri Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
...This is a great picture.
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Simbas-pal Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013
Thanks; glad you like it.:)
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rlcreatif Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013
Wow, great photo! I managed to get a photo of one of these kingfishers in The Kruger Park, SA a few years ago, and I also decided to draw it. It's a striking looking bird. I love the fact you've gotten 2 in the photo!
If you're interested here are the links to my pied kingfisher works.

My photo - [link]

My drawing - [link]
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Simbas-pal Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013
Thanks; I did enjoy getting the pair together. Actually, there was a 3rd one in the original photo, but it was behind a branch and distracted from this pair, so I cropped it out. But I saw a lot of these cuties along the river in Malawi. Your photo is lovely, by the way, and I'm really impressed with your drawing--I could never do that! Very nice job!:D
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rlcreatif Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013
Thanks so much, yeah it's amazing to be able to take photo's of such amazing birds. I love it! :)
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Simbas-pal Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013
Yes, I felt very blessed to get to watch & photograph these great little birds!:dance: Glad you've gotten to see them, too!:D
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WillemSvdMerwe Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013
What a pretty pair! Wonderful photo!
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Simbas-pal Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013
Thanks; glad you like it.:)
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SaraPereiraArt Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow so different from the european kingfisher! But beautiful too ;)
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Simbas-pal Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013
Yep, there are a number of different kingfishers, and in my opinion they are all cool birds. These little ones were captivating to watch! Glad you like them, too.:)
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SaraPereiraArt Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I agree with you. They are all wonderful. You're welcome
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CarolynYM Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013
Adorable:)
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Simbas-pal Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013
Thanks; glad you like it.:) And thanks for the fave!
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RavingEagleMedia Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013
Awesome shot
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Simbas-pal Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013
Thanks; glad you like the photo.:) And thanks for the fave!
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RavingEagleMedia Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013
    Our pleasure.
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meihua Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013
Great shot!
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Simbas-pal Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013
Thanks; glad you like it!:)
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