Belted Kingfisher (Martin-pêcheur d'Amérique) Megaceryle alcyon
30 August 2014
There have been many recent posts of Common Kingfisher (certainly it merits a new name!) and the only kingfisher we have over most of North America is the Belted Kingfisher. How dull it is by comparison.
While this species is not exceptionally shy, it is nevertheless difficult to photograph, for it moves at the slightest provocation, and tends not to sit on the same perch for extended periods. It is also quite difficult to approach closely without the benefit of a hide.
This bird was constantly on the move yesterday, and appeared to be having great success capturing small amphibians as opposed to fish which comprise the bulk of its diet.
I believe that this individual is a juvenile female.
Kingfishers, Bee-eaters and Rollers, Fry, C. Hilary, Fry K., Harris A; 1999, Christopher Helm (Publishers) Ltd.