Happy Fish Fry Friday!!! For most of you around the world who have cooperative Kingfishers that pose for you and eat their fish - let me introduce you to one of the least friendly of the Florida birds - the Black Belted Kingfisher! Over ten years I’ve achieved a few flight shots of this skittish little fast bird that rattles at your as he makes a large arch in his path - away from you! The King of Avoidance!! This bird drops in to fish at such a high speed that a shot is virtually impossible! Many times I’ve told you that this IG is my own competition with myself to improve my previous shots... This is a first in the Kingfisher fishing so for me it’s an accomplishment! Remember - we all have different levels of camera gear and different birds - I must say that in ten years this little guy wins the trophy 🏆 for hardest to photograph in Florida!!!
TGIF my friends - there’s always a second chance and another try for all of us!
🐧 Belted Kingfishers spend much of their time perched alone along the edges of streams, lakes, and estuaries, searching for small fish. They also fly quickly up and down rivers and shorelines giving loud rattling calls. They hunt either by plunging directly from a perch, or by hovering over the water, bill downward, before diving after a fish they’ve spotted.
🐧Belted kingfishers will move above the water, below the canopy, up and down the body of water, searching for food. Its wing beats can appear unmethodical at times. Potential threats such as another bird, a human, or a predator entering the territory will be boldly pursued and with the kingfisher vocalizing loudly until the threat leaves. The bird’s call is loud, long, and chattering.
🐧 Belted kingfishers dive into the water to avoid hawks eating them.
🐧Pleistocene fossils of this species from 600,000 years have been discovered in Florida, Virginia, Texas and Tennessee. The oldest known fossil of the kingfisher genus was found in Florida, in Alachua County, and is 2 million years old.
🐧A group of Belted kingfishers is called a "crown" or a "rattle" of kingfishers.