Stork-billed Kingfisher – birding with new buddy

I saw this beautiful Blue-eared Kingfisher posted by jhseow at PhotoMalaysia birds forum. He said this photos was photograph by his brother at Bukit Koman Raub. I contact his brother and we meet for one hour birding/bird photography yesterday. He know a lot of birds location in Raub, so we went to Cheroh at Chegu Yusof fish farm. Tean said he can guarantee that we can see Stork-billed Kingfisher there. Sure enough we managed to see that beautiful bird, the biggest kingfisher in Malaysia at 37cm long. My Lifer, thank you Tean.
Blue-Eared KingFisherLunch time – Blue-eared Kingfisher (Alcedo meninting) – image by Mr. Tean

Stork-Billed Kingfisher

Stork-billed Kingfisher (Halcyon capensis)
 Stork-billed Kingfisher

 Stork-billed KingfisherThis bird underparts is golden-orange-yellow in colour, so the local name is Pekaka Emas, Pekaka = Kingfisher, Emas = gold

 Stork-billed Kingfisher

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  1. Assalamualaikum doc,Beautiful shot of stork-billed kf. So did you get the blue eared too. I heard they say the blue eared is the most difficult to get.rgds;

  2. Assalamualaikum doc,Beautiful shots of sbkf. so did you get the blue eared too?. I heard they say the blue eared is the most elusive one but not at Mr tean\’s place.rgds:

  3. No I didn\’t get that small blue-eared. According to Tean, he waited for four hours at the small stream to get that elusive beauty.I was more that happy to get the bigger cousin.

  4. Assalaamualaikum Doc.Forgive me if I\’m wrong but I don\’t think it\’s Blue eared kingfisher. The colours at the ears and cheeks are orange, meaning to say it could be a Common Kingfisher.But still, is a very beautiful bird.Congrats to Tean.

  5. Ha,ha!. Look like Tean KF create more attention. 😉 . (I know that bird is very difficult to get).I have search the net. That small beard is a JUVENILE Blue-eared KF. (ref: Oriental Bird Image). Common KF colour is more of greenish and for Blue-eared more intense cobalt-blue. The juvenile specimen does not have blue feather to cover the ear, as this Tean image.

  6. I’m always amazed at the color of your birds. What fun it must be to be a wildlife photographer in your area. The colors and variety are unparalleled.

  7. I love Kingfishers Tabib and yours are truly incredible. All I can do is drool over your beautiful captures of these two birds.Thank you for sharing them.

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