Belted Kingfisher

A New Year at Orlando Wetlands

January 22, 2024 - I had hardly finished photographing the egrets when I heard the mocking call of a Belted Kingfisher.... He must have taken lessons from the Belted Kingfisher - he was very good at flying just as I got close enough to take his picture!... Read more

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Viera Wetlands is Open Again!

November 24, 2017 - The wetlands were alive with the calls of birds, particularly this Belted Kingfisher, who was on the prowl for breakfast.... Read more

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January Field Trip – Lake Hancock Outfall Wetlands

January 12, 2015 -  (Hey, at least it wasn't raining the whole time like it was in November!)  This Belted Kingfisher likes to hang out on one of the posts that is part of the water reclamation facility....  If you've ever been in a marsh before, you'll often recognize the call of the Belted…... Read more

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Great Blue Heron Silhouettes at Viera Wetlands

January 2, 2015 -  I knew that the Great Blue Herons would be nesting, and I was hopeful that the cooperative Belted Kingfisher would pose for me again.... After the spectacular sunrise, I turned my tripod around and focused on The Perch where the Belted Kingfisher has so cooperatively posed for the past few…... Read more

Least Tern Fish Exchange

Year in Review: 2014

December 30, 2014 - As the migrating birds began returning to Florida through the fall and winter, an incredibly cooperative Belted Kingfisher showed up at Viera Wetlands.... Read more

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Fun with Friends at Viera Wetlands

November 18, 2014 -  A bunch of photography buddies and I ended up in a line of tripods for several hours, our lenses pointed at one bird: the very cooperative Belted Kingfisher who would periodically fly in and perch on a nice close tree.... After the sun was up, we turned our tripods and…... Read more

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Winter Birds Returning to the Circle B Bar Reserve

October 14, 2013 - When we first arrived on the Heron Hideout trail, a very cooperative Belted Kingfisher was sitting close to the trail on some alligator flag reeds....  Each year I have to remember how to identify the Belted Kingfishers: the females have the rusty brown on their tummies, and the males don't.... Read more


November 15, 2012 - I was leaving the Circle B Bar Reserve on Saturday morning when I noticed this Belted Kingfisher perched on a branch near the Heron Hideout trail.... Read more

Three’s a Crowd

November 25, 2011 - The birds weren't cooperating, though, and my attention moved to a Belted Kingfisher sitting on a different palm trunk.... Read more

Sunrise with a Sora – Circle B Bar Reserve

November 21, 2011 - As the morning got hot and the light started to fade, I heard the familiar call of a fussy bird.  It took me a few minutes to find the Belted Kingfisher as he flew toward me across the marsh.  It was good to see him on the reserve itself.  Mostly…... Read more

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Diving Hoodies at Viera Wetlands

December 28, 2010 - Wilson's Snipe We paused to take a duck inventory of the many American Coots, Pied-Billed Grebes, and Ring-Necked Ducks that covered the wetlands.  A Belted Kingfisher came screeching across the landscape and landed on a dead palm tree right in front of us.  With my new 500mm lens, he was…... Read more

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Proof: We have a Belted Kingfisher in the Neighborhood!

November 9, 2010 - Tonight the Belted Kingfisher made an appearance at one of the Stoneybrook West ponds, flying in circles over the pond before landing in a tree.... Belted Kingfisher The Yellow-Rumped Warblers were especially active tonight, and one even stopped for a few seconds on an open branch for me to photograph.... Read more

Activity Starting to Pick up at the Circle B Bar Reserve

September 12, 2010 - Double-Crested Cormorant I was ecstatic when the Belted Kingfishers flew across the marsh right in front of me.... Belted Kingfisher I made my way back around to Alligator Alley in order to try to do some warbler photography mid-morning.... Species list: Anhinga, Bald Eagle, Belted Kingfisher, Blackburnian Warbler, Black-Bellied Whistling…... Read more

Quiet Morning at the Circle B Bar Reserve

September 11, 2010 - Two Belted Kingfishers chased each other up and down Heron Hideout as we watched.... Species list: Anhinga, Bald Eagle (heard), Barred Owl, Belted Kingfisher, Black-Bellied Whistling Duck, Black-Crowned Night Heron, Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher, Cardinal, Carolina Wren (heard), Caspian Tern, Common Moorhen, Double-Crested Cormorant, Downy Woodpecker, Glossy Ibis, Great Blue Heron, Great…... Read more

More Migrants at the Circle B Bar Reserve

August 29, 2010 - Molting Boat-Tailed Grackle We were getting ready to leave around 10:30 or so, and then I saw a flash f blue flying across one of the ponds on Heron Hideout.  It caught my eye because we don't typically see many Blue Jays at the Circle B Bar Reserve.  So I…... Read more