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Taxonomy: Order Coraciiformes >> Family Alcedinidae >> Genus Megaceryle

Belted Kingfisher (Unique ID: 1002)
Belted Kingfisher
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Species: Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon)
Location: Melvern Reservoir, Osage County, Kansas, United States
Age: adult     Plumage: basic/year-round     Activity: flying
Sex: female     Visibility: full body     Quantity: single
Photographer: David Seibel     Date: January 21, 2006
Equipment: Canon EOS 20D and Canon 500mm f/4L IS     Megapixels: 1.1

Notes: I never realized, until freezing the motion with my camera, that kingfishers dive from their perch with wings completely folded. I've captured woodpeckers doing the same thing.


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