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Belted Kingfishers

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!

A Belted Kingfisher

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This Belted Kingfisher lives on Lake Paradise in The Villages, Florida.  I have seen this bird at both Paradise Park (the opposite shore from the bird) and at Boone Park.  I took these pictures last week.

The Belted Kingfisher eats fish, frogs, tender turtles, tadpoles and larger aquatic insects.  It swoops down and spears its prey with its sharp long bill.   This bird is quite shy.  Belted Kingfishers live around salt or fresh water.

Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

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Birds at Paradise Lake, The Villages, FL

White Pelicans

White Pelicans

Ring-necked Ducks

Ring-necked Ducks

Osprey

Osprey

 

 

 

 

White Pelicans, Wood Storks, Great Blue Herons, Osprey, Ring-necked Ducks, Hooded Merganser Ducks, Great Egrets, a Belted Kingfisher, Sandhill Cranes, and a Red-tailed Hawk were all spotted on our neighborhood park lake within the past two weeks.  It was amazing!  I so enjoy bird watching and it was really fun to see so many different birds here at once.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of that photo.  Enjoy!

Red-tailed Hawk in Flight

Red-tailed Hawk in Flight

Canada Geese

Canada Geese

 

 

Belted Kingfisher

Belted Kingfisher

Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron

Great Egrets

Great Egrets

A Belted Kingfisher is Spotted!

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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!

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