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Category:Animals
Subcategory:Birds
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Keywords:animals, australia, birds, d500, nikon, queensland, spohr photography, wildlife
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Azure Kingfisher - Ceyx azureus

Azure Kingfisher - Ceyx azureus

With its combination of royal-blue plumage on its upperparts contrasting with orange on its underparts, the Azure Kingfisher is one of the smallest and most dazzling kingfishers in Australia. These diminutive species inhabit the vegetation beside waterways and other wetlands, where it often perches on low, overhanging branches, searching for its prey of fish, crustaceans and aquatic insects, captured by shallow plunging into the water. Anglers on lonely rivers are sometimes surprised to find an Azure Kingfisher perched quietly on their fishing rods instead of a branch.
(Text Source: BirdLife Australia)