We have been lucky to spot the belted kingfisher in a tree across the road from the house for a couple of days – both the male and female.
This one is the male belted kingfisher. My husband spotted them first. I think he has eagle eyes as he always spots birds that are quite a ways away.
Are you looking at me? The male has a white chest.
Depending on the way the kingfisher was looking gave his feathers a different appearance. The shaggy crest looked either smooth or ruffled.
He was quite co-operative in looking in different directions for a variety of photos. This one shows his straight, thick and pointed beak. They hunt fish so this beak would be good for capturing them.
The female belted kingfisher has a band of rusty brown/red on her chest.
Kingfishers are smallish birds, and the female has more colour than the male. It is usually the other way around.
I noticed on the Ontario bird group I’m on that lots of people are spotting these birds as they return to their breeding summer residence.
What a joy to see this bird so close to home. It appears in this tree about the same time each morning and evening.
And finally after a few days of trying I captured a photo of both of them in the same tree.
We’ll be watching for more photo opportunities.