Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Belted Kingfisher

Belted Kingfisher  (Megaceryle alcyon) 
Anyone who has tried to take pictures of belted Kingfisher in the wild knows that it is not easy.  Belted Kingfisher is a very skittish and most will fly away before you can even get into position to take their picture.  As I been going through older pictures and processing a number which I never worked on before, I came across a series of Belted Kingfisher photos.  After seeing them, I cannot wait to get back next year and try to capture more and hopefully even better images.  I obtained these images at Wellfleet Bay Audubon Sanctuary in Wellfleet, Massachusetts.  At Goose Pond, there is a blind, where there are perches set up outside the blind which the kingfishers use.  By utilizing the blind and having a lot of patience, you can obtain pictures of the Belted Kingfisher, but of course other wildlife.

Here are some of the photographs that I obtained of a male Belted Kingfisher.  No, I do not have one of the Kingfisher, plunging into the water, like the picture going viral on Facebook.  By the way, there is a number of articles about that picture saying that it was a setup, utilizing an aquarium with minnows.  Whatever, it is a great picture.

Belted Kingfisher  (Megaceryle alcyon) 
Belted Kingfisher  (Megaceryle alcyon) with a fish
Belted Kingfisher  (Megaceryle alcyon) with a fish
Belted Kingfisher  (Megaceryle alcyon) 
Belted Kingfisher  (Megaceryle alcyon) with a fish