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Belted Kingfisher Photos

Photography by Terry Sohl

My Favorite: Belted Kingfishers may be one of the spookiest birds in South Dakota, when "spooky" means they're easily flushed and are not very cooperative for a photograph. I have so few photos of the species, despite seeing them (usually from long distance!) many times over the years. What's funny is on a trip to southern Florida, Belted Kingfishers were not particularly shy. My favorite photo of the species is of a bird in flight from Dewey Gevik Nature Area west of Sioux Falls, on April 18th, 2018.

Belted Kingfisher - Megaceryle alcyon

Belted Kingfisher 1 - Megaceryle alcyon Belted Kingfisher 2 - Megaceryle alcyon Belted Kingfisher 3 - Megaceryle alcyon Belted Kingfisher 4 - Megaceryle alcyon

Belted Kingfisher 1

April 12th, 2005
Minnehaha County, South Dakota

Belted Kingfisher 2

April 12th, 2005
Minnehaha County, South Dakota

Belted Kingfisher 3

July 3rd, 2005
Minnehaha County, South Dakota

Belted Kingfisher 4

December 10th, 2012
Everglades National Park, Florida

Belted Kingfisher 5 - Megaceryle alcyon

Belted Kingfisher 6 - Megaceryle alcyon

Belted Kingfisher 7 - Megaceryle alcyon 


Belted Kingfisher 5

December 10th, 2012
Big Cypress National Reserve, Florida

Belted Kingfisher 6

April 28th, 2018
Dewey Gevik Nature Area, South Dakota

Belted Kingfisher 7

November 12th, 2018
Gavin's Point Dam, Nebraska / South Dakota border

Click here for the species description page for the Belted Kingfisher

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