Belted Kingfishers are not frequently seen around my neighborhood lake. I was thrilled to see one visit on three recent days but only was able to get pictures from a long distance on the evening of Sept. 21, 2016, at dusk. Belted Kingfishers are wary of people, and this individual is no exception. I was very glad to have my long zoom lens!
The Belted Kingfisher, is a bird that is most often around water and eats fish, frogs, tender turtles, and larger aquatic insects. The Belted Kingfisher spears its prey with its sharp long bill. I have occasionally seen Belted Kingfishers around Salt and Fresh Water marshes, ponds, rivers, and lakes here in the Southeastern USA.
This particular kind of Kingfisher has a navy blue-colored body with a white collar. The Belted Kingfisher is about the same size as a Mourning Dove. It is very attractive with its top-knot of head feathers. I was quite excited to have seen this camera-shy visitor! Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!