That “Devil Bird” Kingfisher

Female Belted Kingfisher at 11:24 am on 11/25/20 by Lee

In my last article, Time to Get Back to Bird Blogging, I mentioned the “Devil Bird.” Or, the “now you see him, now you don’t bird.” :)

The Belted Kingfisher, our local kingfisher, has managed to slow down long enough (or I was fast enough) to get at least a few photos of him or her (I figured out as I posted this) in the past from our back door.

“The belted kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon) is a large, conspicuous water kingfisher. All kingfishers were formerly placed in one family, Alcedinidae, but recent research suggests that this should be divided into three subfamilies.

The belted kingfisher is a stocky, medium-sized bird that measures between 28–35 cm (11–14 in) in length with a wingspan of between 48–58 cm (19–23 in). This kingfisher can weigh from 113 to 178 g (4.0 to 6.3 oz). The adult female averages slightly larger than the adult male.

Female Belted Kingfisher at 11:27 am on 11/25/20 by Lee

This species has a large head with a shaggy crest. Its long, heavy bill is black with a grey base. These features are common in many kingfisher species. This kingfisher shows reverse sexual dimorphism, with the female more brightly coloured than the male. Both sexes have a slate blue head, large white collar, a large blue band on the breast, and white underparts. The back and wings are slate blue with black feather tips with little white dots. The female features a rufous band across the upper belly that extends down the flanks. Juveniles of this species are similar to adults, but both sexes feature the rufous band on the upper belly. Juvenile males will have a rufous band that is somewhat mottled while the band on females will be much thinner than that on adult females.” (Wikipedia)

Female Belted Kingfisher at 11:27 am on 11/25/20 by Lee

Just thought I would share a four minute delight of the Female Belted Kingfisher that zoomed around by the back water. These are zoomed in, and I only shoot program mode, so I am happy that I could at least figure out that this was a female.

Sort of life our lives, now we are here, and soon we are gone. “Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a profit”; whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away. Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we shall live and do this or that.”
(James 4:13-15 NKJV)


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Belted Kingfisher – Wikipedia

Time To Get Back To Bird Blogging

We have been occupied the last few weeks with visitors from the north, Indiana. During our Thanksgiving holiday, Dan’s sister and niece flew (drove fast) down for a few weeks. Just like migrating birds, now you see them, and then they leave.

Also, my internet was down for awhile, plus not going birding, makes for a poor excuse for not posting for awhile. Thankfully, our guest were able to see some of our local birds, while we sat at the table to eat. Here are some of the avian visitors that came to greet our guest:

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“But no one says, ‘Where is God my Maker, Who gives songs in the night, Who teaches us more than the beasts of the earth, And makes us wiser than the birds of heaven?’ ” (Job 35:10-11 NKJV)

All these photos were taken through our sliding door. So, they are what they are. :) I am so thankful for every bird that comes into view, even though staying home most of the time. Stay tuned, there will be more of God’s Avian Wonders visit my view.

Oh, yes, a Belted Kingfisher was fishing, and I was telling Dan’s sister how they hover. Within about a minute or so, the Lord sent that bird back, and he hovered right in front of us. Through the window, we were able to observe his behavior. No photo, of course. That is why they are sometimes nicknamed the “Devil Bird.”

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