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Oriental Dwarf kingfisher, Chiplun, Maharashtra, India by Ajit K Huilgol

The oriental dwarf kingfisher (also called the black backed kingfisher, or the three toed kingfisher) nests during the wet monsoon months in the Western Ghats (a long mountain range that stretches along India's west coast). It raises 2-3 chicks, but in good years, when the food supply is good, it can raise 2 or even 3 such broods. Both parents engage in bringing food for the chicks. This can include lizards, crabs and frogs. Before entering the nest, they sit on a perch and look around to see if there is any danger nearby. I got this image by sitting in a hide near one such perch.


Camera Canon 5D Mk IV
Lens Canon 500mm f/4L IS II with 1.4 TC
Aperture f/5.6
S/S 1/125sec
ISO 2000
Additional Notes Gitzo tripod with Wimberley head
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Ajit Huilgol

Kidney transplant surgeon with over 2100 transplants since 1983.Former President of the Indian Society of Organ Transplantation.BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year Runner Up Mammals Behaviour Category in 2009.Former Cricket Commentator in English for All India Radio and Doordarshan from 1972 to 2005.Associate of the Royal Photographic Society (ARPS)Amateur HypnotistAcclaimed speaker on various topics ranging from Kidney Disease, through Photo Tours, and Disruptive Technologies.

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