Yesterday I had my first opportunity to photograph a nearby female Belted Kingfisher in Salt Lake County, Utah and I had fun getting to know her. Other obligations and a day of feeling sick kept me away from her but yesterday the light was good, the sky was clear and the female Belted Kingfisher was busy moving around the small pond she has made her territory.
The chestnut colored belt on her belly makes her one of the few birds in North America where the female of the species is more colorful than the male, something uncommon in the world of birds. I believe the only other species I have photographed where the female is more colorful are phalaropes, small shorebirds that I see often here in Utah and in Montana.
I usually hear Belted Kingfishers before I see them because of their rattling calls. Belted Kingfishers are noisy birds and call while they are in flight, perched or alarmed. This kingfisher called quite often while I observed and photographed her yesterday.
This female Belted Kingfisher has been fishing at a small pond which is quite close to the Jordan River so she has plenty of fish available in her territory. There are areas along the Jordan River that could provide excellent nesting sites so I’m hoping she sticks around so I will be able to spend more time getting to know and photograph her as spring arrives in the Salt Lake Valley.
Life is good.