This week’s photo, taken August 23, 2014 at Meadowbrook Pond in northeast Seattle, WA, features a female BELTED KINGFISHER. This species is an exception to the rule in the bird world that the male displays more color than the female. The male Belted Kingfisher lacks the rusty breastband seen here on the female.
The BELTED KINGFISHER is one of the most challenging birds to approach for a photograph – at least that’s been my experience. Lucky for me, the female pictured above is preoccupied with a COOPER’S HAWK that it just chased into a nearby tree. Distracted by the hawk, the kingfisher couldn’t care less about me, and it lands surprisingly close, providing me some nice photo opportunities.
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