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Belted Kingfisher  - Megaceryle alcyon

Belted Kingfisher - Megaceryle alcyon

A mid-sized bird, frequently spotted along the shores of lakes and rivers. The bird sits on a branch looking for fishes and then suddenly dives at high speed into the water to catch a fish. Also spectacular are the birds territorial fight with other Kingfishers over fishing grounds.

Common Names

How to Identify

To identify this bird, I look at the bill which is long and strong. They are grey [females] or almost blue [males] on the back and white on the front. Females have a second band, brown in colour. The strategy to catch fishes by sitting on a branch and then suddenly dive with high speed to catch a fish is another hint.

Where & When to Spot

I spotted them in Park Angrignon and Rapids Park Lachine. Although, they are frequently seen in urban parks, they remain shy and change the branch with a intense chatter if humans get too close.

Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon)

Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon)

Park Angrignon - September 23, 2018

NIKON D500; 300mm f/4; Focal Length 420mm; Exposure 1/1600; Aperture f8.0; Iso 2500;
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Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon)

Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon)

Park Angrignon - September 23, 2018

NIKON D500; 300mm f/4; Focal Length 420mm; Exposure 1/1600; Aperture f5.6; Iso 360;
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Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon)

Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon)

Park Angrignon - September 09, 2017

NIKON D500; 150.0-600.0 mm f/5.0-6.3; Focal Length 600mm; Exposure 1/1250; Aperture f6.3; Iso 1100;
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Belted Kingfisher (Ceryle alcyon)

Belted Kingfisher (Ceryle alcyon)

Rapids Park Lachine - September 03, 2016

NIKON D7100; Focal Length 550mm; Exposure 1/1250; Aperture f6.3; Iso 720;
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