Little guy is resting at the end of a pole stuck in the pond's shoreline. With a good view of the pond's surface, it suddenly dives into the water trying to catch prey and flies back out, returning to the pole. Most of the time it remains motionless, only tilting its head side to side. Mostly cloudy, windy. 27C/80F
Short and stocky bird with a crest on the top/back of the head. Grayish blue in coloration with a white belly and a band across the chest. Straight dark bill.
Downstream of waterfall. Was perched on a branch, then flew upstream. Like every other kingfisher I've encounter on the creek, it flew over the water until it got near me, went through the forest on the opposite side of the creek, then peeled back in over the water once it'd passed me. I think it gave me about a 50' berth.
27 Sep 2014.
Chambers Lake, Chester Co, PA.
The Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon) is a large, conspicuous water kingfisher, the only member of that group commonly found in the northern United States and Canada. It is depicted on the 1986 series Canadian $5 note. All kingfishers were formerly placed in one family, Alcedinidae, but recent research suggests that this should be divided into three. All six New World kingfishers, together with three Old World species, make up the new family Cerylidae.