Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon)

A mid-sized bird, frequently spotted along the shores of lakes and rivers. The bird sits on a branch looking for fishes and then suddenly dives at high speed into the water to catch a fish. Also spectacular are the birds territorial fight with other Kingfishers over fishing grounds.

How To Identify

To identify this bird, I look at the bill which is long and strong. They are grey [females] or almost blue [males] on the back and white on the front. Females have a second band, brown in colour. The strategy to catch fishes by sitting on a branch and then suddenly dive with high speed to catch a fish is another hint.

Where and When to Spot

I spotted them in Park Angrignon and Rapids Park Lachine. Although, they are frequently seen in urban parks, they remain shy and change the branch with a intense chatter if humans get too close.

Photography

Photos of this species with information about where, when the photo has been taken; camera, lens used and camera settings.

  • Parc Angrignon

    Sunday, September 23, 2018

    NIKON D500
    300mm f/4

    Focal Length 420mm
    Shutter Speed 1/1600s
    Aperture f8.0
    ISO 2500

  • Parc Angrignon

    Sunday, September 23, 2018

    NIKON D500
    300mm f/4

    Focal Length 420mm
    Shutter Speed 1/1600s
    Aperture f5.6
    ISO 360

  • Parc Angrignon

    Saturday, September 9, 2017

    NIKON D500
    150.0-600.0 mm f/5.0-6.3

    Focal Length 600mm
    Shutter Speed 1/1250s
    Aperture f6.3
    ISO 1100

  • Parc Angrignon

    Saturday, September 9, 2017

    NIKON D500
    150.0-600.0 mm f/5.0-6.3

    Focal Length 600mm
    Shutter Speed 1/1250s
    Aperture f6.3
    ISO 4000

  • Rapids Park Lachine

    Saturday, September 3, 2016

    NIKON D7100


    Focal Length 550mm
    Shutter Speed 1/1250s
    Aperture f6.3
    ISO 720

Taxonomy

Coraciiformes
Alcedinidae
Megaceryle alcyon