Belted Kingfisher


This pretty female Belted Kingfisher sitting on an old post over the marsh at Chesapeake Farms was so focused on watching the water below her, that if she saw me, she didn’t seem to care.


Belted Kingfisher (female)


The background lighting of the distant trees made for an interesting crop of the above photo, so I’ll share it too.Β  πŸ™‚


Belted Kingfisher (female)


You can tell this is a female by the red bands on her chest which the male lacks.


36 thoughts on “Belted Kingfisher

  1. What a lovely photo(s). I think we may have seen the same belted kingfisher. I saw it flying and it looked beautiful in flight, but sitting in the car I couldn’t maneuver my long lens fast enough to capture it. They are such lovely birds and hard to capture, but you did a great job!

    • Thank you, Susan! I really had to creep my car to get as close as I did; I’d stop, shoot, then move some more, lol. Each time I just knew it was going to take off. It actually dived, came up empty and flew to a different spot further away. I left it alone. πŸ™‚

    • Thank you, Belinda! I have missed getting this bird so many times myself, they usually see us before we see them, lol. If I wasn’t in my car, I would not have been able to get this close for sure!

    • Thank you, Wayne! They usually see us before we see them, lol. I was actually creeping up little by little in my car and shot out my passenger window, I couldn’t believe I got so close!

    • Thank you, Eliza, she is sassy sweet! Their beak is a light blueish gray at the base, then changes to black to the tip. With that and the lighting, it does give the impression the bottom beak is short; but it’s not, I promise! πŸ‘ 😊

    • Thank you so much, Jane! She was definitely watching the water below. After this shot, she did dive, came up empty, and flew to another pole further away to try again. πŸ™‚

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  3. What makes this all the more amazing is that Eric has been on a quest to catch our resident kingfisher(s?) With no luck at all. They zip up and down the creek and take evasive measures to avoid him. Maybe someday….. I yet to get much of a look at one, but I often hear its rattle of a croak as he flies about at high speed.

    • These kingfishers have amazing speed, I think they usually see us before we see them. They are great teasers!!! I love hearing their chatter when in flight. Good luck, Eric, keep trying! One is surely going to be cooperative one of these days. πŸ™‚

  4. Great shot, Donna. I love the kingfishers at my local Audubon. They are so compact with those proud chests. πŸ˜‰ I’ve nicknamed mine “Little Feet” birds. Those tiny feet just enchant me, the way they balance on a branch so perfectly!

    • Thank you, Ellen! At that last stop of my car, I cut the engine, I was so afraid she was going to go. I truly did give her a big thank you, she might well be my best shots to date of the BK. 😊

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