Kamal Vinodrai Shah

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV

Lens: EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM

Aperture: f/5.6

Shutter speed: 1/500

ISO: 100

Description: Stripped Kingfisher beautifully showing off their singing talents

Story from behind the lens: During our morning game drive, we had asked our guide Precious Senewa to show us bird species we had never photographed before. With this in mind, we started searching for the different bird species that were present in the area we were scouting the different bird species. Precious would stop the car, take her binoculars and scan the area to see which species were in the area. Additionally, once the car engine was switched off, we keenly listened to the different melodic sounds each the birds were communicating with each other. Once we spotted the Stripped Kingfisher species, we decided to spend some time with them to understand their different behaviour patterns. As we slowly followed them and they got more comfortable with our presence, they decided to show us how they sing to each other. The magic happened when a group of 4 stripped kingfishers decided to give us a show by singing and flapping their wings together on one branch. It was just exhilarating to watch how all the 4 were in sync!! A sighting of a life time and super grateful to have been able to capture this image to show the world that we have so much to learn from nature.