Sunday, April 15, 2007

Kingfishers!

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This morning, on a cloudy, windy day, Karyn and I took an extended hike through our local foothills. We saw some good birds, nothing particularly unusual. Due to the wind, the Great Horned Owl chicks were hidden in their cave (counted at least 3 chicks yesterday, probably 4). The Redtailed Hawk chicks were nested underneath their mother to stay warm (counted at least 1 chick so far, most likely at least 2). But it was a great day for Belted Kingfishers! The Hull's Grove Reserve has two ponds. There is a pair of Kingfishers in each pond, although we only spied 3 today.

Upper Pond Female Belted Kingfisher.


Upper Pond Female Belted Kingfisher.


Upper Pond Male Belted Kingfisher.


Lower Pond Male Belted Kingfisher - hovering.
Lower Pond Male Belted Kingfisher - hovering.

Lower Pond Male Belted Kingfisher - hovering.

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