A couple of weeks ago I was exploring the Danube Delta with my father to do a bird count and take some pictures of the delta in winter.  The weather was not ideal and after a few hours of boat driving we encountered a Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis) sitting on a snowee branch. At first we thought it will take off as soon as we turn the boat around… but… surprise… it was the most tame Kingfisher I have ever seen. It ignored us completely and flew only when I was making noise or when the boat hit something in our attempt to get a better angle. While watching the Kingfisher it suddenly plunged into the water and came out with a Mole-cricket (Grillotalpa grillotalpa). This is an unusual siting and I was lucky to be able to photograph it. The Kingfisher struggled to swallow the insect about 10 minutes as the head and the big front feet and wings wouldn't detach.

We supposed this bird was a Nordic migrant by the way it behaved. I hope you will enjoy the pictures and if you would like to know more about bird photography in Romania don't hesitate to contact me. If you are into birdwatching than check out the tours offered by my company IBIS TOURS.

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