This little beauty made her presence known! The first time I heard a kingfisher I had no idea what it was; it has a very distinct, unusual call. If they are around, you will hear a belted kingfisher before you see it.
I spotted this bird in an isolated area near Lock and Dam 13 in Fulton, Illinois. I was stalking a pair of wood ducks when a pair of kingfishers moved into the area. I wasn’t having any luck with the wood ducks, so I changed my focus to the kingfisher.
Kingfishers live near water and nest in burrows they dig along the banks. The burrows range from 3-6 feet in lengths. The female will lay 5-8 eggs and it will take 22-24 days to hatch. Belted kingfishers spend winters in areas where the water doesn’t freeze so that they can feed on aquatic foods.