Belted Kingfisher [Megaceryle alcyon] ~ #60

Belted Kingfisher
Belted Kingfisher ~ Lillooet, BC ~ June 20, 2015

While walking along the paths at the Lower Spawning Channel in Lillooet I heard a distinctive sound coming from the opposite side of the Channel. As soon as I heard the loud chittering sounds my ears and eyes perked up, definitely different sounding than the neighbourhood songbirds. I looked across to the other side and spotted a Belted Kingfisher sitting in a tree. I tried to close the gap between us, but as soon as I took another step closer the Kingfisher flew away. A few minutes later I heard/saw him a distance away so I snapped a few shots. You can see from the picture below that he must have caught himself a tasty morsel.

Belted Kingfisher
Belted Kingfisher ~ Lillooet, BC ~ June 20, 2015

The first time I saw a Belted Kingfisher was last year. There was a playful pair at the Upper Channel. There were even taking their chances and harassing the Osprey pair. I must have followed them back and forth for about an hour and got some closer (but fuzzy) pictures.  This picture below was one of my favorites from that day.

Belted Kingfisher
Belted Kingfisher ~ Lillooet, BC ~ August 2014

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