Indigo-banded Kingfisher (Alcedo cyanopectus)

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Indigo-banded Kingfisher (Alcedo cyanopectus)

Post by dolina on Sun Oct 27, 2013 3:50 pm

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The Indigo-banded Kingfisher (Alcedo cyanopectus) is a species of bird in the Alcedinidae family. It is endemic to the Philippines, where it is a generally uncommon but locally common resident of the northern and central islands. There are two subspecies, the nominate race, which occurs on Luzon, Polillo, Mindoro, Sibuyan and Ticao, and A. c. nigriostris, which is found in Panay, Negros and Cebu. It forms a superspecies with the Silvery Kingfisher of the southern Philippines.[1]
The Indigo-banded Kingfisher feeds on fish and aquatic insects. It perches on rocks and overhanging branches and foliage and dives steeply into the water to catch its prey. Once caught, it returns the prey to the perch where it is beaten and swallowed. Little is known about its breeding behaviour, although it is known to nest in tunnels dug into the banks of streams and rivers.[1]
Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical dry forests and subtropical or tropical mangrove forests.

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Re: Indigo-banded Kingfisher (Alcedo cyanopectus)

Post by JKC on Sun Oct 27, 2013 7:54 pm

Good catch & Thanks for sharing.  Smile
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Post by nelson khor on Sun Oct 27, 2013 9:38 pm

Lovely Kingfisher.... keep coming your kingfisher.... ^_^

We all like Kingfisher

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Re: Indigo-banded Kingfisher (Alcedo cyanopectus)

Post by Mr No Good on Sun Oct 27, 2013 11:35 pm

Jewel of jungle....very tempting and yes, we all like Kingfisher...even the kingfisher beer....Laughing Laughing
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Re: Indigo-banded Kingfisher (Alcedo cyanopectus)

Post by dolina on Mon Oct 28, 2013 6:21 pm

Thanks JKC nelson and No Good!
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Post by makus on Mon Oct 28, 2013 11:00 pm

Beautiful sapphire of the jungle In Love
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Re: Indigo-banded Kingfisher (Alcedo cyanopectus)

Post by dolina on Tue Oct 29, 2013 2:21 am

Thanks makus.

For those interested both the Indigo and Spotted Kingfishers are readily viewable today within Metro Manila.

Very easy birds to take photos of. A 400mm + crop body can easily take up 1/3rd the frame.

This is the route from Manila International Airport Terminal 1 to La Mesa Ecopark that is less than 31km according to Google Maps. From the Ecopark's entrance it is less than a 1km walk to the shooting site through a partially asphalted foot path.

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In terms of number of bird photogs/watchers at any given time I normally count half a dozen at most.

As for hotel accommodations there are a lot of hotels near the Ecopark to stay at for reasonable rates. Just read the reviews for the hotels near by and match them to your comfort level.

I do not know how much it costs to travel there via taxi but it should not cost more than 1,000 Philippine Pesos.

Entrance to Ecopark is free for "bird watchers". Just show them your bins or camera for proof.

Spend a weekend here for Philippine endemics. It is more ideal to visit during weekdays. Less weekend crowd jogging, walking or biking.

A 320ml bottle of Pale Pilsen  beer starts at 26 Philippine Pesos. Wink
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Post by Mr No Good on Tue Oct 29, 2013 8:03 am

dolina wrote:Thanks makus.

For those interested both the Indigo and Spotted Kingfishers are readily viewable today within Metro Manila.

Very easy birds to take photos of. A 400mm + crop body can easily take up 1/3rd the frame.

This is the route from Manila International Airport Terminal 1 to La Mesa Ecopark that is less than 31km according to Google Maps. From the Ecopark's entrance it is less than a 1km walk to the shooting site through a partially asphalted foot path.

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In terms of number of bird photogs/watchers at any given time I normally count half a dozen at most.

As for hotel accommodations there are a lot of hotels near the Ecopark to stay at for reasonable rates. Just read the reviews for the hotels near by and match them to your comfort level.

I do not know how much it costs to travel there via taxi but it should not cost more than 1,000 Philippine Pesos.

Entrance to Ecopark is free for "bird watchers". Just show them your bins or camera for proof.

Spend a weekend here for Philippine endemics. It is more ideal to visit during weekdays. Less weekend crowd jogging, walking or biking.

A 320ml bottle of Pale Pilsen  beer starts at 26 Philippine Pesos. Wink
Wow, great info...looks like a must visit place....thanks
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Re: Indigo-banded Kingfisher (Alcedo cyanopectus)

Post by adolphkhor on Tue Oct 29, 2013 7:10 pm

beautiful!! lol!
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Re: Indigo-banded Kingfisher (Alcedo cyanopectus)

Post by dolina on Wed Oct 30, 2013 3:24 am

Hope to see you soon No Good. Thanks adolph.



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Post by dolina on Mon Dec 09, 2013 5:26 am

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