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My first Kingfisher

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Old Thursday 18th August 2005, 23:22   #1
Terry O'Nolley
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Thumbs up My first Kingfisher

I went back to that small pond about a 15 minute walk from my home hoping to see the Green herons again but no such luck.

I sat down near the water and waited and watched and after about 15 minutes something falling from a tree caught my eye. I barely had time to glance over at it when it crashed into the water! For a second I thought maybe a kid had thrown a rock into the pond but then I saw this bird fly out of the water and perch atop a sign about 20 meters away from me.

I looked at him (her - she had a rufous belly band) and instantly made the identification (kind of a hard bird to misidentify ).

I was treated to 4 or 5 more dive-bomb attacks into the water but I never saw the Kingfisher come away with a fish.

That small pond never fails me! It is surrounded on 3 sides by narrow strips of trees with condo complexes behind the trees and the 4th side is right next to a street. It is only about 50 meters wide by 75 meters long but I have seen Great Blue Herons, Green Herons (including juveniles), Canada Geese and now a Kingfisher!
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Old Friday 19th August 2005, 02:54   #2
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Hi Terry,
Yeah,Kingfishers are wonderful birds.I never tire of watching them.For those of us non U.S.birders,when you say Kingfisher("she had a rufous belly band"),are you referring to a female Belted Kingfisher/Ceryle alcyon?

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Congratulations Terry. It's a great bird to add to your list.
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Old Friday 19th August 2005, 04:37   #4
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Always a fantastic bird to watch.
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Old Friday 19th August 2005, 17:41   #5
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Hi Terry,
Yeah,Kingfishers are wonderful birds.I never tire of watching them.For those of us non U.S.birders,when you say Kingfisher("she had a rufous belly band"),are you referring to a female Belted Kingfisher/Ceryle alcyon?
Indeed I am - I should have mentioned that.
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