Seen at the Denver Zoo:
The Blue-breasted Kingfisher (Halcyon malimbica) is a tropical bird, and hunts insects along the edges of rivers and streams in the rainforests of western Africa.
When my daughter and I walked through the Phoenix zoo a few weeks back, we were greeted by one of the locals. I don’t know what (s)he was trying to tell us (“go away?” “bring sugar-water next time?”), but for a while it kept chattering around us.
At least the little critter was content to sit still on a branch for a bit so I could capture its portrait.
A giraffe gives me a very quizzical look at the Los Angeles Zoo; she seemed to think my camera was very interesting for some reason.
Originally posted to Flickr on January 22, 2009.