Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Belted Kingfisher

I am linking up with Wild Bird Wednesday and Nature Notes

During our visit to the refuge on Friday, we were able to watch a Kingfisher for awhile. This is the first time, the kingfisher did not spook and fly away.



The adult female Belted Kingfisher has rufous flanks and a rufous belly band. They are a resident year round in Maryland. They are usually found perched above streams, peering into the water for fish.




One time it flew towards us and then landed in another tree. The Kingfisher was still a distance away, hence the somewhat fuzzy cropped photos.

Thanks for visiting my post, I hope you enjoyed the Belted Kingfisher. Tomorrow, I will be taking a blogging break for about two weeks. I will catch up on everyone's blog at that time.

Join in and post your birdies and to see more beautiful and wonderful bird photos please visit:
 Stewart's Wild Bird Wednesday and Michelle's  Nature Notes.
Thanks to Stewart for hosting Wild Bird Wednesday and thanks to Michelle for hosting Nature Notes.
I wish everyone a happy week ahead and Happy Birding!

66 comments:

  1. Enjoy your blog break (vacation?)....getting a picture of a Kingfisher is high on my bucket list. I see them fairly often but they fly the minute I even think "Camera."

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  2. Wow. I love your Belted Kingfisher photos Eileen. I saw one very briefly when I was on vacation in Colorado, but failed to get any sort of photo - it just flew past me and out of sight.

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  3. Lovely to see your photos of the king fisher. Great photojob!

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  4. i love these birds - and i love the female for being one of the few that get more color than the males. :)

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  5. Looks like he's posing there just for you. : )

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  6. Great photos of the Kingfisher -kingfishers seldom sit still long enough for me to take a photo!

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  7. this Kingfisher was on top o my wishlist for CostaRica. And I was lucky enough to see it. Nice shots.

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  8. Nice catch! These guys don't sit still very long.

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  9. a really handsome and photogenic kingfisher

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  10. Hallo Eileen!!Wonderful pictures! Great captures!!Very preety bird!!Hope you have a lovely week!!
    Dimi..

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  11. Kingfishers are quite shy down here in my neighborhood. I would be lucky to get such nice shots.

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  12. what a beauty. would love to see one of those in person. ( :

    just mind blowing. why i love birds so. all so creative & unique.

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  13. Oh my gosh, great photos of the Belted Kingfisher Eileen.

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  14. What a neat bird! I'm glad you were able to observe it for a while and snap some photos to share.

    Hope you enjoy your break :)

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  15. That was an amazing beautiful bird:))And i love hi/her colour:))

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  16. Hi Eileen...Lovely shot's of the Kingfisher, not easy to catch..I try every year at the river..someday I going to succeed ; )!!
    Have a nice breather brake : )
    Grace

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  17. It is pretty amazing that you well able to get so close to this "spooky" bird!

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  18. Wonderful to get so close to a Kingfisher Eileen!

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  19. That's a fun photo-op for you. I managed some photos of one of these birds a couple years ago at a local pond.

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  20. love her 'hairdo'!

    I was going to head to the Brigantine Wildlife Refuge this read but it seems the road is still closed from Sandy damage. Guess I will have to head to Cape May Point instead..

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  21. WHat a terrific find! Handsome fellow.

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  22. What a beautiful bird! Have a nice break!

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  23. These are some of the best pictures of a Kingfisher I have seen. You did a great job with these.

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  24. Wow---what a beautiful bird. The Kingfisher is gorgeous. So glad he 'posed' for you.

    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  25. Hi Eileen, I love these photos! Thank you so much for sharing, and I hope you enjoy your break. Hugs.

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  26. This is a beautiful one. And you got a good close look at him.

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  27. She is beautiful Eileen. I find them to be very skittish indeed and much patience needed to photograph them. Nice job!

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  28. This is such a pretty bird! I've never seen one, only photos.
    Enjoy your time away.

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  29. Happy break time . . . Great Kingfisher pictures Eileen . . .

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  30. Nicely captured Eileen!
    Have a wonderful blogging break!

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  31. So glad he didn't fly away Eileen. You really got some great shots!
    hugs,
    Jann

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  32. Lovely Kingfisher! Had never seen before.

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  33. I love Kingfishers. There are some at the lake I frequent, but I can't get close enough for photos. Your shots are very nice!

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  34. Brilliant shots Eileen. i'll bet seeing that kingfisher perched up just made your day. It sounds like they are as wary as our common Kingfisher.

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  35. Ślicznie wygladają ze stojącymi piórami na głowie. Pozdrawiam.
    Lookin pretty with erect feathers on the head. Yours.

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  36. Great capture.
    Your Kingfisher is beautiful ;-)
    Céline & Philippe

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  37. Kingfishers are so difficult to photograph, so I applaud you for getting these! Enjoy your blogging break. I may be taking one, too very soon. :)

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  38. Super images of one of my favorite birds!
    They're hard to get a decent picture of and you did a really nice job!

    Hope your time away from the blog is good.

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  39. Very nice pictures of the kingfisher! Enjoy your blogging break!

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  40. Great shots! Enjoy your break :)

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  41. Cracking picture - but I think I said that last time!

    Cheers and thanks for linking to WBW- Stewart M - Melbourne

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  42. Enjoy your break.

    Love these shots.

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  43. what a handsome bird, it looks quite big for a kingfisher

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  44. oh how exciting!! you got some great pictures, i have never seen a kingfisher before!!

    have a blast on your break!!

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  45. This is a bird that I've always wanted to see in person but so far I have yet to. Great shots!

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  46. Nice to see this kingfisher!
    Hope you will have a lovely blog pause!
    Greetings Pia

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  47. Yes, Eileen, a stunning Kingfisher, so different to our UK ones.

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  48. Beautiful Kingfisher, you did a great job they are a tough species to catch :)

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  49. She is a pretty little girl. I'm glad she hung around for your camera.

    Enjoy your blogging break!

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  50. You did well to capture this little beauty. Well done!!!
    Thanks for another great blog post.

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  51. That is a very beautiful kinfisher Eileen!
    Well caught!
    Their worldwide varieties are amazing; I have never see this one before seeing your pics!
    Thanks for sharing!

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  52. Very cool, Eileen. I saw my first belted kingfisher of the year just yesterday. It doesn't look like spring but the kingfishers seem to think it's here. :)

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  53. Great hairdo! Lovely shots.

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  54. Hi Eileen, What a wonderful big bird! I have not seen any Kingfishers here in Florida yet. I don't live near permanent water (only rainfall retention ponds). Have a super good Tues. tomorrow!

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  55. Eileen this is a bird that I would seldom see so I appreciate you posting a photo! Have a great week!

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  56. Hi Eileen, Kingfishers are lovely birds. I had seen a few at my former lake-front home in TN. None here in FL so far. Your pictures are excellent! Have a wonderful day!

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  57. That's such a neat bird! I haven't got a photo of one yet.

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  58. What a great looking bird.

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  59. Great photos, Eileen! he's a wonderful bird. Enjoy your break! I've been having one myself! See you soon!

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  60. You really have some nice up close shots! I swear they know when you're taking their pics!

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  61. I love watching them too! Wonderful photos of this beautiful kingfisher.

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  62. wow, what a great series of bird photos, eileen!

    enjoy your blog break! we'll be here when you get back.

    happy blog break/weekend!

    big hugs~
    xoxo

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  63. Hi Eileen :-) I'm very envious about your Kingfisher sighting! It is years since I caught a glimpse of one of ours and I've never managed a photo!

    It looked like you had a wonderful day out on your last post and saw lots of lovely sights. I loved the two pretty little sparrows at the end of the post. I hope you had a very happy Easter...if its not too late to say that!

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