Belted Kingfisher

Just over a month ago on a rainy Sunday afternoon at Reifel I managed a photo of a Belted Kingfisher. For that I was along an inside trail shooting towards a perch they were frequenting adjacent the centre dyke trail.

Today on a sunny Sunday afternoon one was active in the same area again. This time while walking along the centre dyke trail I could hear it coming and then spotted it landing on a snag near the inside trail overlooking the pond. I moved slowly to an opening between the trees,

Belted Kingfisher
Belted Kingfisher

… and managed to get this photo of the Belted Kingfisher. A much better opportunity on a lovely day with softer colours in the background.

Belted Kingfisher

Given the weather there were not many visitors at Reifel this afternoon. It started off with light showers now and again, but progressed to steady rain. This also put a bit of a damper on bird activity. There were some Stilt Sandpiper and a Red-necked Phalarope in the west field.

There were also a couple of Belted Kingfisher active in the sanctuary today. With not much else going on I started watching them to determine which snags they seemed to favour. Once deciding on one along the centre dyke, I found a spot on the opposite side of the slough with some trees for cover. Then it was just a matter of waiting and hoping for the best.

Belted Kingfisher
Belted Kingfisher

My patience was rewarded when one of the Belted Kingfisher flew in landing on the branch I had set up on. A little bright spot on this rainy day.