Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Back to the Archives.....

Back in April before I went to New River I was
fortunate enough to get the very best pictures
of a Female Belted Kingfisher I had ever taken.
So let me share them with you.
The Belted Kingfisher is one of the few bird
species in which the female is more brightly colored
than the male.

Thanks to my Best friend Barbie, and her birding
route, I was able to drive by the stream where
the Kingfishers frequent.

I had gotten the male a few weeks earlier at the same
location. As you can see he is bluish gray and white
and not as colorful as she is.

Then, in the back yard I saw one of my favorite 'passers-by'
in the Spring. The Brown Thrasher.

A few shots of him in the tree

and a few more of him doing what he loves most....
scratching the ground for insects

The Female looks mostly the same as the male but
a little smaller..

Having a window to gaze through and
having beautiful birds to see is such a blessing.

To God be The Glory ~~ Great Things He Hath Done


Lynne at Hasty Brook said...

WOW Jane, those Kingfisher pix are terrific! I have never even come close to a decent picture. They always seem to keep one step ahead of me!

jalynn01 said...

Lynne: I have Barb to thank cause she knows where and how to get the great picts!! Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Most of my migrating birds must have stopped at your place. The Brown Thrashers and the Rose-breasted Grosbeaks and the Eastern Towhees didn't make their usual appearance or if they did I didn't see them. I did get to see the Rose-breasted Grosbreak one day and got a couple of pictures.

And my hawks have not come back yet. I am worried about them.

I really like your photos. I don't know where to go and look for a kinfisher. I never see them at the creeks and rivers.

I did start to put my hawks on a hawk blog. I will never get them all on there.

Marsha said...

Gorgeous photos as always. I loved the closeups of the kingfishers as they are ones I don't see often. Our brown thrashers stay all summer here.

Tina said...

Ok you have out done yourself for sure!! These photos are absolutely the best...I have tried and tired to capture a male kingfisher..and he escapes each and every time!! ..but you caught her.. WOW those captures are very nice!!
You and your birdee routes..I'm jealous!!
Wonderful post, J!

Shellmo said...

Those kingfisher photos were FANTASTIC! Wow! I can never seem to catch these guys either - they just tease me w/ their calls.

jalynn01 said...

Abe: My Grosbeaks come in May and stay all summer...nest here. but the Towhee and Thrasher just pass through. I also had a I. bunting. glad you liked my Kingfishers.

Marsha: thanks...

Tina: Yeah those bird routes are really handy to have!! Wish you could come along.

Shelley: keep trying.... one of these days you'll get one!

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Your pictures are great.I did not know that the female Belted Kingfisher was the more colorful one.Thanks.

HANNIBAL said...

You kingfisher pix are great! It's really hard to get close to those guys! Awesome!

Bird Girl said...

Just LOVE the kingfisher pictures with the dark background! Isn't it funny how they look like fall? Because of the colors and you can't see the sky - super, super nice!!!
And the brown thrasher in front of the tree trunk is awesome!!

Richard said...

Great pictures of the Kingfisher...that's my nemesis bird. Can never get close enough for a good picture.

jalynn01 said...

Thanks Bird girl! I owe you for the KF picts ..

Richard: KF are hard subjects to get for sure... Never give up!

Mary said...

I've been running all over the place, chasing Belted Kingfishers and still have not taken a good pic. Yours are great - I know it's hard to get near them.


Like the Brown Thrashers, too. They spend half the year around my house.


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