Common Kingfisher caught a dragonfly

KingfisherC-dragonfly [NeoNg] 1

A Common Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis) was perching on a bare branch when a dragonfly flew just above it.

KingfisherC-dragonfly [NeoNg] 2

With mandibles agape the kingfisher made a slight jump and clamped the dragonfly at the thorax just behind the head.

KingfisherC-dragonfly [NeoNg] 3

It returned to its original perch to bash the dragonfly in an effort to dislodge the wings and head before swallowing it.

Neo Ng
Hong Kong
19th February 2017

This post is a cooperative effort between Birds, Insects N Creatures Of Asia and BESG to bring the study of birds and their behavior through photography and videography to a wider audience.

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