She perched next to a Western Gull for a little while. Very funny pair.
This little one was nearly breakfast for a Coopers Hawk. I watched the hawk swoop down and chase the kingfisher down the river. The kingfisher finally had to dive into the water to avoid being caught. The hawk was mere inches away from a nice breakfast. It all happened so quickly I never even raised my camera. There was only enough time to drop my jaw in utter amazement.
This bird is very lazy. Instead of catching her own fish, she preferred to wait for another Kingfisher to get a fish, and then steal it. I saw her doing this all afternoon.
Hovering, then dived into the water with a splash! Very loud bird!
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.