Draw A Bird Day, March 2017

Happy Draw A Bird Day March 2017!  I don’t recall ever seeing a Kingfisher but find its feather colors to be rather beautiful.

Kingfisher

Kingfisher

I really didn’t know much about these birds and figured they didn’t live here in the area, but supposedly Kingfishers can be found here year round.  They live near streams, rivers, and lakes and are excellent at fishing, although they will also eat crayfish, frogs, tadpoles, and aquatic insects.  Kingfishers are mostly loners except during mating season, and they are territorial and will forcefully defend their hunting territories.  Maybe I’ll be lucky enough to spot one sometime soon now that I know what to look for.

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20 thoughts on “Draw A Bird Day, March 2017

  1. The kingfishers can be found plentiful in Western Washington lakes and salt water shorelines search for fish and frogs. They use their wings to help keep them in one spot above the water to enable them to search the water the birds.

  2. Thanks for the additional info on this beautiful bird! They must be such fun to observe hovering over the water while looking for a tasty treat!

  3. They remind me of helicopters but their wings are flapping up and down not in 360 degree rotation. The kingfishers we see have white neck collars with grayish blue feather on rest of body. I love the crowns on their heads.

  4. Great painting.

    Kingfisher’s are really cool birds. We see them when we kayak. They are very vocal. So I guess they were defending their territory.

  5. Beautiful kingfisher Carol! I love his colours. I think your bird is a Common Kingfisher, which is found in Europe and Asia. The kingfisher in North America is the Belted Kingfisher. It has a bit of a mohawk. 🙂

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