The Belted Kingfisher is the only member of the kingfisher clan that regularly visits the USA. Science recognizes over 90 species belonging to this group worldwide, but only 6 make their homes in the New World. Our bird is often seen in flight, moving along waterways in search of fish. When he finds a suitable location, he will seek a perching station where he can dive at fish that venture too near the surface. If a perch is not near a desirable fishing location, these birds will hover on high until it locates a victim. Then it will dive headlong into the water to catch its fishy dinner.
The images in this composite were captured one afternoon during a visit to Santee Lakes. To view more images of this bird, click <Here>.