I was very lucky on Saturday to get this shot of a Malachite Kingfisher whilst on a day tour to Pilanesberg National Park.
At first I thought it was an African Pygmy-Kingfisher, but on closer inspection the bird was identified as the Malachite Kingfisher.
It differs from the similar African Pygmy-Kingfisher in that it is aquatic and the turquoise cap touches the eye, lacking the orange eye brow and purple ear patch of the African Pygmy-Kingfisher.
Our safari group was treated to some very exciting Rhino sightings on our game drive from Kwa-Maritane gate to Bukubung Lodge where we were treated with an exquisite African Lunch.
After lunch we visited Mankwe dam where we spotted this Kingfisher and a water monitor.
The one day safari to Pilanesberg didn’t deliver any sightings of the big cats, but we did see an Elephant cow push a relatively large tree to the ground in order to get to the green foliage which was out of reach of her calf.
Thanks again to Ryan from Pilanesberg Safaris for allowing me to accompany your guests!