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WANTED! - 37YO Male Desperately seeking Belted Kingfisher

Posted April 16th, 2008 at 09:04 AM by Hex_Enduction_Hour
Updated April 16th, 2008 at 11:10 AM by Hex_Enduction_Hour
WANTED

(image from Whatbird.com)

Nearly anyone in the North America region should have ample opportunity to see a Belted Kingfisher.
Yet, why does this species elude me?

The large head with a spikey haircut and vicious-looking beak stacked on a short body gives the bird a personality not unlike the cartoon character, Woody Woodpecker. I can't help but have an affinity for a bird that strikes that pose.

I may have spotted a Belted variety on my way up to the mountains before Sacramento, at the Yolo Causeway .
But I couldn't confirm zooming past at 70 MPH.

As their name implies, these birds hunt fish and other small aquatic creatures as well as lizards. They hover over the water waiting to strike. When the prey is secured, the Kingfisher will kill it by striking the creature against a tree or dropping it on stone.

Other interesting facts I've discovered via the internet?
They've evolved an oval-shape lens in order to see and focus in and out of water.
They build horizontal tunnels in muddy or sandy river banks.

If you like the way this bird looks, I encourage you to simply Google Kingfisher, Pied Kingfisher, Common Kingfisher or Ringed Kingfisher and observe the beauty of these birds.

Heads up Texas crew - extreme Southern Texans have the opportunity to see the Ringed Kingfisher.
Why do you guys get all the luck?!?
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I have seen one of these in Waters Michigan where I camp out. It is by lake Otsego. They are small little guys. I had no idea what kind of bird it was I just liked the haircut.
Posted April 16th, 2008 at 10:28 AM by bad_calvin bad_calvin is offline
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Of course you like the haircut, B_C!
I consider you privileged to have seen a Kingfisher. You lucky duck.

Yes, I was amazed how small they are too.
Just this morning, I came across an image of a person's hand holding a Common Kingfisher! They're rather a small bird!
The only thing I don't appreciatea about those bird illustrations is that they don't really give a proper scale to the bird and something else.

By the way, can someone tell me - are the image links in my blogs unviewable?
Posted April 16th, 2008 at 10:38 AM by Hex_Enduction_Hour Hex_Enduction_Hour is offline
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Your enthusiasm for your hobby is impressive. Its what makes reading your posts/blog so much fun to read!

BTW, I can see the images.
Posted April 16th, 2008 at 10:41 AM by netherspirit netherspirit is offline
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Thanks Nether.
I truly enjoy it and my kids are being influenced as well. I think it's a good life lesson for them.
As always thanks for stopping in and commenting - I've got to get around to some of the other blogs and do likewise.
Posted April 16th, 2008 at 12:14 PM by Hex_Enduction_Hour Hex_Enduction_Hour is offline
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funrun's Avatar
I'm pretty sure I've seen this Belted Kingfisher a few times in my life, all near streams and marshes in Ohio. My mom was a bit into birding, and her reaction to the rare times we saw one leads me to believe these are a rare sighting. My advice: hang out near unpopulated areas with streams or marshes where there are not a lot of other birds/animals nearby.

BTW the title of this blog is the best I've seen! LOL
Posted April 16th, 2008 at 02:57 PM by funrun funrun is offline
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Having been born and raised in The Bronx the extent of my bird-watching was just pigeons and middle fingers. :wink:
Posted April 17th, 2008 at 12:36 AM by Onacara Onacara is offline
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Satyr's Avatar
Hex, come on up and we'll go to Berkeley, there are bound to be a lot there. I've seen cases of Kingfisher at my local Indian resturant. After all it is the #1 Selliing Indian Beer.

... you knew this was comming right
Posted April 17th, 2008 at 01:44 AM by Satyr Satyr is offline
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We have 5 types of king fishers where I live, 6 in all of Costa Rica. The American Pigme is the smallest, yes I know I spelled it wrong, I am on a friends computer and not at home - and I am a terrible speller but I am on a Spanish based computer at the moment. We have amazing birds down this way.
Posted June 18th, 2008 at 05:11 PM by Hendal Hendal is offline
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FOUND! I spot the Belted Kingfisher!!!!!

WANTED no longer!
I spotted a Belted Kingfisher yesterday at a lake in my own home town!!!!

There are three little islands throughout this man-made lake in Newark and as we approached one of them, I looked at the top of a tree on the island and saw a Belted Kingfisher! He didn't remain long - spurted off in flight and out of sight.

YAY!!!! I've been searching for this bird for nearly FIVE years!
Posted August 14th, 2008 at 10:40 AM by Hex_Enduction_Hour Hex_Enduction_Hour is offline
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I was out with my daughter today getting lunch.
Decided to stop by the lake to see if I could spot the Belted Kingfisher.

We went to the spot and while she waited patiently on the bench eating her fruit smoothie, I kept my eye on the small island.

There were three crows in the spot where I had last seen the Kingfisher. In two trees on the shore and above our heads, were three more crows causing quite a ruckus.

As I was watching those big birds fiddle about, I heard an unlikely sound coming from the island.
I turned my attention back to the island and saw the Belted Kingerfisher flying about making the racket.
The crows on the shore flew over to join their comrades on the island.

The Belted Kingfisher headed towards the crows and managed to chase off all the crows!

I could only guess the kingfisher was guarding a nest with its young inside.

I was very happy to see the Kingfisher once more and in fierce fighting form!
Posted August 26th, 2008 at 02:52 AM by Hex_Enduction_Hour Hex_Enduction_Hour is offline
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Brought a camera on our lake walk today and got a shot of the Belted Kingfisher.
It's only a silhouette, but that was the best I could get!
The Kingfisher is the larger of the two birds perched at the top of the island tree.
The other bird is a Black Phoebe.
Posted September 1st, 2008 at 01:59 AM by Hex_Enduction_Hour Hex_Enduction_Hour is offline
 
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