Saturday, May 03, 2008

Breakfast, Belted Kingfisher

While my friend and I were fishing together this morning we met another successful fisherman along the lake side.

As we watched; the Kingfisher dove from the branch it was perched on, disappeared into the water momentarily and returned to its perch with breakfast held firmly in its beak.

While I was rapidly snapping photos it flipped the fish, swallowing it head first. I noticed that it seemed to have a little difficulty finishing swallowing for it sat on the branch with its beak open shaking its head for a couple of minutes before flying off giving it distinctive rattling call.


Mel said...

Lucky you!! That's a cool picture!!

Anonymous said...

Wow. It doesn't get any better than this. What a beautiful bird this is.

Tom said...

Hi Salty
I have never seen or heard of these before, so it was a trip to google.
Seems this is a female, and that what is unusual it is one of the few birds that the females are brighter coloured.
Great Country Capture, once more living up to your blog name.

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Salty: Wonderful picture and very well displayed. That is one great bird.

Stacey Olson said...

very cool capture.. thanks for sharing

Kerri Farley said...

Love this Salty! I've seen one of these, but not close enough to take a shot.....i think I heard it before I saw it....a very distinctive call!

Great Capture!!

Meggie said...

That is one outstanding image of the kingfisher, Salty.