Female Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon)
Whenever I'm near a body of water and hear what sounds like a rattle in the air, I search for what I know has to be a kingfisher. This one was easy to find, out in plain sight.
Belted Kingfishers are among the few bird species where the female is actually more colourful than the male. Here she is sitting on a branch above a shallow creek, looking for a fish or crayfish.
Concentrating on her next meal
Her territory is about one kilometer along this stream, and during breeding season she defended it fiercely from other kingfishers.
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