Birds - Marc Haegeman Photography

Common kingfisher

One of the most astonishing birds in Europe and, for obvious reasons, a darling of photographers worldwide, is the common kingfisher. The English and French names (Martin-pêcheur) are much better suited than the Dutch "ijsvogel", as they refer to one of this bird's most remarkable skills: fishing. Its diets consists mainly of fish, which it captures by diving underwater from a perch.

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