Mondays are for the Birds and this Monday's Bird is the Ringed Kingfisher(Megaceryle torquata)! Ringed Kingfishers are large, conspicuous and noisy. They are commonly found along the lower Rio Grande valley in southeasternmost Texas in through Central America to Tierra del Fuego in South America. The Ringed Kingfisher’s diet is largely dependent on fish, though they sometimes target invertebrates, crabs and crustaceans. Ringed Kingfishers can perch for several hours on trees while watching for prey in the freshwater.
I took this photo in Honduras in 2014. There is an estuary that we have visited each time we have been there. It is a great spot to see birds, monkeys, caiman and the like. Usually, Kingfishers are pretty skiddish and they will take off down the stream when a boat approaches. But this fella stuck around for awhile to check us out and it gave me a chance to get a couple of nice shots of him. I like this photo because of the great look it gives you at this birds . . . the way he has his head turned lets you see his crest and the size of his bill relative to his body . . . and then there is that glint that I am so fond of!
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