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Common Kingfisher

Alcedo atthis


Common Kingfisher spotted in Zama Yatoyama Park, Zama, Kanagawa, Japan. It kept flying into a small pond and pulling out tiny fresh water crustaceans(?) to eat (see first photo).

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jazz.mann 2 years ago

great series!

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 2 years ago

So true. The kingfisher knew where to look. Nature shows the way! :)

SargonR 2 years ago

Thanks Neil Ross, I had no idea there where fresh water shrimp out there. The world never ceases to amaze.

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 2 years ago

Magnificent spotting, SargonR! I had no idea there were any kingfisher species in Japan. This one is a beauty! Regarding the crustacean, difficult to say. One possibility could be Caridina multidentata, a Japanese native, and largely a freshwater species for mating and in latter life -

SargonR 2 years ago

Just out of curiosity, can anyone ID the small animal (crustacean?) that the kingfisher is eating? It was in a freshwater pond adjacent to a rice patty.

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Zama, Kanagawa, Japan

Spotted on Jun 1, 2021
Submitted on Jul 3, 2021

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