A Female Belted Kingfisher

The female of most bird species are less colorful than the males. One exception to this is the Belted Kingfisher. The Male is solid white and blue but the female has a pleasant splash of reddish brown.

Along the South River they are very difficult to approach but this individual has a nest along the bank of a creek. She has certain perches nearby that are her favorite. I waited in the shadows for her to change to this branch but I had to practically stand on my head to get a semi clear view.

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Taken on May 5, 2011