A hovering kingfisher – Skywatch Friday

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Standing on the edge of the lake watching an osprey go by, I saw a belted kingfisher out of the corner of my eye and was able to catch him.

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Several times he whizzed by. Male kingfishers have an all white stomach. Female ones have a rust color stripe across their stomach.

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He flew far out in the middle of the lake and was hovering.

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He spots something.

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Down he goes in a deep dive. He hit the water but did not come up with a fish.

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He flew around and came back, hovering again.

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He hovered for a few minutes then took off over the trees. That was the last I saw of him that morning. Kingfishers are “snow” birds down here. They only stay for the winter and then head back north to have their babies in the summer. I started  seeing them in early October. Every winter we have one that visits our dock a couple of times. I haven’t seen her yet but it’s still early. They have a very distinctive voice but are very skittish.

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19 thoughts on “A hovering kingfisher – Skywatch Friday

  1. WoW, what an awesome series you got, way to stay with it!!

    we get them here but i never see them. i have “heard” them at a local place we visit!!

    bravo on these!!

  2. Honestly Dina, if you weren’t such a generous person to share your beautiful pictures and knowledge I would be seriously jealous of you! You take absolutely the most stunning pictures…these are wonderful.

  3. My WP Reader has totally changed (and messed up) how I look at and comment on other’s blogs and it is now not just difficult but close to impossible. Not sure what the problem is but if you don’t see me around for a while until this hopefully gets fixed, that’s the reason. Sorry.

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