Belted Kingfishers on our wetland seem to have an agreement amongst them… don’t get shot.
By a camera, that is. As I’ve never heard of anyone hunting for this high energy species. Getting a decent photo has taken a lot of perseverance, good timing, and probably a certain amount of luck, too.
Celebrate my nature photography victory with me by claiming two interesting Belted Kingfisher trivia tidbits-
- Belted Kingfishers nest in burrows dug in stream banks. Two of its toes are fused together and act as a shovel for digging their nesting burrows.
- Belted Kingfisher nestlings have acidic stomaches that help them digest bones, fish scales, and arthropod shells. However, as fledglings their stomach chemistry changes, and they begin regurgitating pellets. The pellets accumulate on the ground around fishing and roosting perches. A lucky find if you want to dissect one to learn more about Kingfisher diet 😉
Science behind this post:
Weekly Photo Challenge: “Victory“