The white-breasted kingfisher is the State bird in Bengal, India and honestly, a fairly common bird to see around. Yet, they are incredibly shy birds and fly away at the slightest provocation.
I was on my regular weekend outing to the Botanic Gardens, hoping to photograph the avian residents of the place, when I spotted this particular individual.
This encounter was a special one, when the kingfisher seemed to be pretty confident of my presence, allowing close approach for a pretty portrait.
I had photographed the species before but never had the opportunity to make a proper portrait. Interestingly, the bird stayed right where it was through the entirety of the time I trying to make a perfect frame.
Never before had I encountered a kingfisher, so flamboyantly nonchalant and I doubt whether anything of the likes shall repeat anytime soon.
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Clare Disano • Editor