Monday, August 21, 2017

Belted Kingfisher


Hello,

This week I am sharing the Belted Kingfisher. Unless it is a rare sighting, the Belted Kingfisher is one of the only Kingfishers seen in the USA. I usually hear their sharp rattle sound before I see them. They are shy birds around me, take off before I can get a sharp clear photo. I am always trying for that great shot though. I hope you enjoy these Belted Kingfisher photos.



The are known to hover and then plunge head first into the water for their catch of fish.



The adult female Belted Kingfisher has a rufous belly band. The male has a bluish belly breastband. Both male and female have white underparts and a dark crest.



They are often seen perched in trees near the water.



I have so many favorite birds, the Kingfishers are another favorite.



I hope you enjoyed my photos and post.
As always I thank you for stopping by and as always I appreciate your comments.

My list of memes for today, I hope to see you there. Thanks to both of the host below.


Thanks to Michelle for hosting Nature Notes


Thanks to Stewart for hosting Wild Bird Wednesday

72 comments:

Prunella Pepperpot said...

The Belted Kingfisher is amazing and I love your capture of it in flight. Wonderful!
Have a great week Eileen :)

Gordon said...

A very familiar bird to me Eileen from hols in Florida, but could I get photos like yours, could I ek as like (lancashire talk) as soon as I got within stricking distance they were off , but yours are great.
Take care, Gordon.

Marit Sønstebø said...

Hello,

Very beautiful photos, Eileen! They are so sharp and clear. Lovely to watch them all.

Happy Monday, and enjoy your new week ahead!

Tom said...

...I haven't seen one in years!

Mersad said...

I like the in-flight shot with the bird looking down. Wish you a great start into the new week.

Mersad
Mersad Donko Photography

Jeevan said...

I too love kingfishers and white throated is my fav perhaps it’s the only kingfisher I got to see and shoot many times. You got excellent shots of the belted kingfisher and the diving pic is fabulous!

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari OM
What a wee charmer!!! Happy Monday. YAM xx

Maggee said...

Haven't seen the first one of the season yet, but no doubt I will soon! Thanks for sharing! Hugs!

Seraphinas Phantasie said...

Hi Eileen,
marvelous photos of this very special bird.
Best, Synnöve

jandi said...

Beautiful! Our kingfishers are also hard to photograph... Well from my experience ..,

Debbie said...

#3 WoW!! i have never seen one. how in the world do they balance like that??!!

gorgeous, all of them!!!

Mary Hone said...

Those are great photos. They are so hard to photograph, like you said, they always fly away.

Phil Slade said...

Like you say Eileen. Kingfishers are hard to get close to. That applies to our own Uk one too. But you took some lovely shots there. Your Belted Kingfisher is definitely bigger, and noisier than our own.

Lois said...

Fabulous shots Eileen! Love the profile in the first one.

Sussi said...

handsome bird!

Sandra said...

I have only seen kingfishers in photos and until i found you i thought they lived in Austraila and Africa only. since then i have seen photos of them taken here in FL but i have not seen one. i have not seen even a photo of the female. both are beautiful birds

Hootin' ♥ Anni said...

Fantastic images!!!

Nancy Chan said...

Pretty kingfisher. Few weeks ago, I spotted a kingfisher fishing my guppies. I hope it won't come back for more.

Gunn said...

I understand that there are lots of things I don´t see.
Beautiful models and photographs.

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

They are a cool bird. They don't hang out much around my parts, which is very frustrating. They are cool looking

Andrea Ostapovitch said...

What a cute little guy. I have so been enjoying spending time with the birds in and around my yard this year.
Have a great week Eileen,
Andrea

September Violets said...

These are a favourite of mine too Eileen. We saw SO many kingfishers while camping this year, but had the same problem of seeing & photographing them before they saw us and flew away. We did watch a few of them diving into the water though. You got some really great shots of them!
Wendy

Bob Bushell said...

He/she is a excellent, the best.

Cloudia said...

Good job, E. Tough to shoot! I love their loud squawks

Linda W. said...

Nice pics! I like the little tuft on feathers on top of their heads.

Karen said...

Yes, I have added Kingfisher to my list of favorites too. Love his profile!

amo sin blogg said...

Wow, what a beautiful bird.

Linda said...

Beautiful photos of this amazing bird, Eileen! I love the colours and patterns!

RedPat said...

I haven't seen one in years!

Christine said...

Hello Eileen and what great photos of the kingfisher especially your second shot of it hovering!
I can see why it is a favourite!
Have a great week!

William Kendall said...

Beautiful captures! We have them here, but they do stick to the countryside.

The Yum List said...

Hee, hee, the kingfisher looks as though he has just gotten out of bed. ;-)

magnoliasntea said...

I LOVE those birds! Kingfishers are so scrappy, yet beautiful to look at. The only ones I've seen in person were in the Smoky Mtns.
Lovely post, Eileen! Thank you for sharing.

Deb from frugal little bungalow said...

I love these. The one photo reminds me of "Bedhead" or a Mohawk haircut! : ) What a lovely bird that has so much personality.

happyone said...

Great pictures of the kingfisher. Last picture is my favorite.

ellen b said...

Wow, Eileen! Fabulous shots of this Kingfisher!

Martin Kloess said...

I'm impressed! These pictures are marvels.

krishna said...

gorgeous little bird..

Christa atCedarmereFarm said...

I am impressed with your shots! They are so difficult to photograph. Love the hairdo!

Rose said...

These are great shots...I only have a few and none are half this nice! Oh, and they are always shy around me, too.

Kalantikan said...

It really looks like a belt is has on! We only have the blue-collared one in the yard, our resident kingfisher.

Lady Fi said...

Wow - amazing shots.

Dee said...

Those are fabulous shots.

Even though I have seen several, I've never been able to get a good photo.

They are even prettier than I've been able to see. My sightings are always at quite a distance. Once I move, they fly off.

rupam sarma said...

Awesome clicks.
Loved the post.

italiafinlandia said...

Very funny birds, indeed. Totally new to me.
It is interesting to follow your adventures, Eileen!
Have a good week ahead.

Crissi said...

Great shots!
Enjoy your day Eileen!
Crissi

Janneke said...

Wonderful you could catch this belted kingfisher on your photos. Kingfishers are rather rare here but we have them and I have never seen one..... I know they are in our neighbourhood but when I´m there they are not.....sigh...

NatureFootstep said...

one of my top ten favorites. Lovely shots. :)

Lynne said...

Great photo catches Eileen . . .

Thought of you yesterday as I pulled up to the mailbox at the end of our drive way,
put down the window, I heard a bird singing, very close by,
I thought instantly of you thinking,
Eileen would have her camera handy and would catch the birdie in a pic!

Connie Smiley said...

What a cool bird, Eileen! Love that funky hairstyle.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Kingfishers are one of my favorites too -- but they don't like to hold still for me. They seem to sit still until I put my camera to my eye -- then flash, they're off. I'm thinking the ones I see might be a different variety, but I will have to check my archives to look at my one or two only (not nearly this good) pictures.

Our photos said...

Owwww, i like this. Very nice !

Naomi Moore said...

These photos are amazing. My favourite shot of yours is the first one- calming and simple. I have never seen a Kingfisher before. I wonder if we have those here in the Philippines.

Jenn Jilks said...

I missed CC! You know I've been busy!!!!

Breathtaking said...

Hello Eileen!:) These birds fly by so fast, it's extremely difficult to capture them on camera, so well done for your great flight shot, and I loved seeing your very attractive Belted Kingfisher in the tree tops, they are so different from the ones I see here.

Laura. M said...

Cute photos Eileen !!I love the last one with the frizzy hairs.
Buen miércoles.
Besos.

Lea said...

Wonderful photos of the Kingfishers!
I see them here in Mississippi, but find them difficult to photograph. You did a super good job of it!
Have a beautiful day!

Cranberry Morning said...

That Kingfisher is the cutest little bird, Eileen, with his spiky haircut! :-) Hope you have a wonderful Wednesday.

A Colorful World said...

Wonderful photos! How awesome that you get to see them sometimes.

Angie said...

Eileen - congratulations on these shots. Yet another reminder to me that patience in nature photography is rewarded! Where did you go to take these and how long did it take?

Small City Scenes said...

They are very flighty for sure. Excellent shots you got. I usually hear them first and off they go--LOL
MB

Birgitta said...

It is so nice to see your great and beautiful bird photos!

Julie @Dragonflygems said...

Beautiful photos Eileen :o)

Lowcarb team member said...

I think the Belted Kingfisher looks a cute bird!
Great series of photographs, especially the capture of it in flight.

All the best Jan

David Gascoigne said...

Great series of pictures, Eileen, of a species not always easy to photograph.

Mia said...

Beautiful birds and great photos, Eileen. Have a great week, my friend.

Denise inVA said...

He is a gorgeous bird, great photos Eileen :) Enjoy the rest of your week.

diane b said...

It is one of my favourites too especially the Kookaburra

Rambling Woods said...

These are great and I know how hard it is to catch these birds...Michelle

Red Rose Alley said...

What a peculiar looking fellow. You always have the most interesting and amazing bird pictures, Eileen. I love the birds, so I appreciate these wonderful birds you post. : )

~Sheri

Liz said...

What a gorgeous Kingfisher! We have many here is Australia, the most famous being the 'Laughing Kookaburra'.

Chris Rohrer said...

You did great!!! That is a super shy kingfisher! I've been lucky only a handful of times to get pics. For most of the US, the Belted Kingfisher is a common bird for most people depending on their location and time of year. For us peeps here in Tucson, we see them here in the winter time. AND if we're lucky, we get a rare Green Kingfisher to come visit:)

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