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Otago Peninsula, Dunedin, South island
New Zealand


Make Canon EOS 7D
Lens Canon EF 100-400 mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM   at 640 mm
Exposure 1/160 s, f/5.6, ISO 800 
Image size 800 x 534 pixels

IOC Names

Order  Coraciiformes   Family  Alcedinidae

Deutsch  Götzenliest Dutch  Heilige IJsvogel
Italian  Martin pescatore sacro Spanish  Alción Sagrado


This Sacred Kingfisher is eating a crab, illustrating the fact that Dacelonid Kingfishers are essentially sit-and-wait predators of ground animals, varying in foraging behaviour in function of the size of their preferred prey.


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Sacred Kingfisher
Todiramphus sanctus
Martin-chasseur sacré

Jean-Michel PAULUS