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.
Several times he whizzed by. Male kingfishers have an all white stomach. Female ones have a rust color stripe across their stomach.
He flew far out in the middle of the lake and was hovering.
He spots something.
Down he goes in a deep dive. He hit the water but did not come up with a fish.
He flew around and came back, hovering again.
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.