Saturday, January 10, 2015

Belted Kingfisher in action

Had some great days this week watching and photographing wildlife throughout Southeastern Idaho.  On Thursday I decided to target some Belted kingfishers that I had observed two days in a row, so I set up near one of their favorite perching spots.  It was an old cement pillar to hold an irrigation pipe.  I wasn't long before one showed up.
It finally located a food item near the edge of the water.

As it emerged out of the water, I noticed it had a successful dive.

It looked like a stonefly nymph as it twisted and turned it around looking for the best way to eat it.
Several times it tossed the victim in the air, catching it each time.

After it swallowed the crunchy water bug, it found another perch.

Then it finally decided to cool its feet before flying off to the Henrys Fork of the Snake River to probably look for something slimy that would slide down a little easier. 

Just part of another wild day in Idaho looking for more wildness.


Jo said...

What wonderful images. I love that the Belted Kingfisher finds an insect meal in the snow. We don't know these conditions in Africa. Thanks for sharing. Jo

TexWisGirl said...

you got some GREAT shots! mine are usually terrible as they move so quickly!

Birdman said...

Just showing off for you.