Tuesday, September 30, 2008

K is for Kingbird and Kingfisher: ABC Wednesday Round #3

The Eastern Kingbird is distinguished from other Kingbirds by a white tip on the end of its black tail. Kingbirds feed on insects.

The Belted Kingfisher is the second bird shown here with a 'KING' in its name. Kingfishers are fish eating birds and these beautiful creatures plunge into the water head first in search of their prey. I always know when a Kingfisher is around for I am alerted to its presence by its harsh clattering sound.
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25 comments:

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

That's a perfect shot of the Kingfisher.My husband and I have been trying to get some pictures of the Kingfisher this year.My success has not been that great.

Aileni said...

You can join Tom on this one. Excellent 'K's.

Reader Wil said...

Great shots, especially the second one where the tip of the kingfisher's wing the water touches. Very beautiful!
Thank you for your visit.

crete said...

These are great pictures. Nice blog too, love the short poems and the covered bridges.

Ray

Mimi Lenox said...

You always have the most "alive" photographs of the day. Very well done.

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babooshka said...

I cannot express how magnificent that sceond shot is.

photowannabe said...

I love the way you captured the Kingfisher and all the information about the birds. Nice post.

Rinkly Rimes said...

I'm learning to appreciate nature via other peoples' blogs..... other peoples' eyes,really. As for the Autumn colours, it makes me realise how much we miss in Evergreen Australia.

Kim from Hiraeth said...

Beautiful shot of the kingfisher! I've never heard of a kingbird before. I wonder if we have them around here. (Chicagoland)

NW Nature Nut said...

Looks like you are ready for the bird count! I am looking forward to see what you see in your yard. I'll "tune in" tomorrow!

Robert V. Sobczak said...

Amazing Kingfisher photograph. We have them here in the Everglades ... to a rule they roost every couple rungs of the telephone cables that run along the famed Tamiami Trial between Naples and Miami.

But there a winter bird down here, if I am not mistaken.

2sweetnsaxy said...

Very nice! I really like the second one, the way the water catched the reflection as it glides over the water.

antigoni said...

Very beautiful pictures. Nice post.

me ann my camera said...

Robert V. Sobczak :
I remember seeing Kingfishers along the highway taking while driving out to the Florida Keys when we visited there several years ago during the month of February. Thanks for the information about the Everglades location.

Greyscale Territory said...

Lovedly kingfisher pics! I am now getting a better idea of what they are like thanks to you and Tom!

mrsnesbitt said...

WOW! What amazing pictures. The unfurled wingspan of the kingfisher is awesome.

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Bear Naked said...

The second photo of the kingfisher and its reflection in the water is awesome.

Bear((( )))

dulce said...

They are both beautiful. Great shots!

Rambling Woods said...

We had a pair of Kingfishers last summer. What a racket those two could make. It was so much fun, but I never got a photo like this one.. amazing..

Liz said...

That's the second kingfisher I've seen and I'll say the same thing: how did you get such a good photo?! They're always whizzing by too fast for me!

me ann my camera said...

liz:
With a lot of luck and holding down the shutter as it was whizzing by.... some things you can't plan, you just hope you've gotten a few good shots. The thing is; be optimistic and keep on trying.

kjpweb said...

Love the shot of the Belted Kingfisher. Even though it's not technically perfect - but a) just getting the chance to shoot one, and then getting such a great result, even though you weren't prepared is just awesome. The reflection and colors are excellent!
Cheers, Klaus

D Herrod said...

Beautiful.

Mary said...

Don't now how I missed these! I love that kingfisher shot with the trailing wing tip and reflection. The Kingbird is pretty, too. I've seldom seen either of these birds.

spacedlaw said...

Lovely pictures, Ann. I love the wonderful colours on the kingfisher.