With the entire North American continent to call home, you might think a Belted Kingfisher would be a little easier to find.
If every birder has a nemesis bird in their life, this would be mine.
I could call it bad luck, bad timing or bad karma...it's all the same in the end...a beautiful bird that flies away.
The time spent chasing a Belted Kingfisher is never wasted, though, because kingfishers live in beautiful places...always near water. They live on fish, as their name implies, and other aquatic life.
The male, to be sure, is no ugly partner in this relationship though.
He's stud-muffin beautiful perched across the river.
Oddly beautiful might be the apt description to place on these birds.
Almost prehistoric in appearance they make you thankful Belted Kingfishers are not seven feet tall and weigh a hundred pounds.
Credit: Cornell Lab of Ornithology, All About Birds