Belted

The female Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon) was tick-purring at Valley Water again recently. This time I got some better photos and got to listen to her for some minutes.

(Long-time readers may recognize the hedgehog galls glimpsed on the leaves of this oak, and also that the tree has gotten a bit taller in four years.)She also favored the ornamental cherries and the young Tuliptree stationed around the water like sentinels. I watched her make one dive into the water, an unsuccessful attack. She chortle-burbled up to a tree after that.

Some hand-held motion picture action:

I’m glad I’m not a fish.

3 Responses to “Belted”


  1. 1 Susan December 3, 2017 at 11:04 am

    You’ve put together some beautiful photos and I loved the video, bringing it
    all to life.

  2. 2 lisa December 4, 2017 at 4:18 am

    tick purring ….never heard it described that way. your own semantic invention?

    • 3 mthew December 4, 2017 at 9:29 am

      Yes, I believe so. “A loud dry rattle” is Peterson’s, and “a very distinctive long, uneven, clattering rattle” is Sibley’s, and both are quite spot-on, but I found typing “rattle” one more time too much.


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