The Belted Kingfisher is a very elusive small bird that is found near ponds, rivers, lakes, and even salt marsh-lands. The Belted Kingfishers fly over the water to catch fish for their meal. They stab the fish with their thin strong and sharp bill. These birds are a steel-blue in color with a white neck and breast, and a patch of rust-colored feathers on the flanks. Belted Kingfishers have black eyes and a black bill.
Belted Kingfishers are shy birds that fly quickly. They are wary of people and hard to photograph. I am glad I got these long-distance (and cropped for good viewing) pictures. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!