Sunday, 21 April 2013

Belted Kingfisher

Belted Kingfisher Megaceryle alcyon
Conosteogo River
21 April 2013

    While birding along Three Bridges Road this afternoon we spotted a male Belted Kingfisher high atop a snag overlooking the Conestogo River. As we watched the bird, it suddenly plunged into the water and when it returned to perch it selected a lower branch, where for the first time, we noticed a female also in the snag. We assume that given the close proximity of the two birds a pair bond has been struck, although they ultimately left the snag separately. We will be keeping our eyes open for renewed sightings of this pair of Belted Kingfishers and perhaps a family later in the year.

Male

Male

Male top left, female bottom right

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