Sunday, June 22, 2014

Hovering Kingfisher

We took Sean to the coast today and met up with friends John & Lorraine to show them Beaver Creek Marsh State Natural Area where we volunteer at the Welcome Center.  We volunteered there last July and August and will be volunteering there again this September. After a picnic lunch we also gave them a tour of Ona Beach where Beaver Creek flows into the ocean.  The most amazing bird sighting was this Belted Kingfisher hovering over Beaver Creek in search of a fish or something.  I have seen several species of birds do this kind of hunting, notably American Kestrels, and Northern Harriers, but this is the first time I can recall seeing a Belted Kingfisher behave this way.  We watched it for some time, and I picked up a photo tip from John and used the sports setting on my camera that allowed me to take a burst of frames at a time.  I ended up with 40 photos in a very short period of time.  Notice in the middle photo the bird appears to be taking a glance at me all the while hovering in place. 


  1. Thanks for showing us one of your favorite sites! Beautiful! And, what a bonus to watch the Belted Kingfisher.