As we drove in, I saw a rather large "spotted" pigeon with a huge bill on top of a security light. I squealed that I thought it was a kingfisher and Grant said he couldn't stop there as there was another car right behind him. I snapped the bird in passing (photo below) and thought that would be my only photo.
The photo I managed in passing!
We parked under the awnings and while Grant took the food out of the boot, I ran back (camera bouncing on my chest) to where I'd seen the bird.
As I got there it flew off...
...to another pole nearby where I focused on it and snapped away. By now I'd seen that it WAS a Kingfisher; in fact, it was a Giant Kingfisher - one of my all-time favorite birds.
With the white breast band and rufous belly, I identified it as a female Giant Kingfisher
I zoomed out to remind me (when I downloaded the photos) that I'd seen this bird on a pole (center) right alongside the N1 National Road between Bloemfontein and Cape Town! (a passing truck and trailer is just visible at the bottom of the photo)
The male Giant Kingfisher has a rufous chest and white belly unlike this lady with her speckled chest, white breast band and rufous belly
I was thrilled to get several photos of this bird. Here I caught the sun glint in her eye
HAPPY WEDNESDAY TO YOU ALL!