The woodland kingfisher (Halcyon senegalensis) is a tree kingfisher that is widely distributed in Africa south of the Sahara and from Pretoria northwards. This kingfisher is essentially resident within 8° of the equator, but northern and southern populations are migratory, moving into the equatorial zone in the dry season.
It is a common species of a variety of wooded habitats with some trees, especially Acacias, including around human habitation. Although it is a “kingfisher”, it prefers drier habitats in more traditional woodland and can be far from water. It is often solitary but can occur in small groups. This Woodland Kingfisher was shot in the Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania.
Nikon D800E; AF-S NIKKOR 800 mm f/5.6E FL ED VR lens at 800mm; 1/800 sec at f7.1; ISO 800.