Belt, cinch, get it?! Anyway, this bird is so cool! This one’s a female. The male doesn’t have the brown making the Belted Kingfisher one of the rare bird species where the female is more colorful than the male. Go Belted Queenfisher!
I saw this one swoop down into the water and catch a fish, first attempt, no problem. She will eat this rather large (for her) fish whole after she makes sure it is dead by beating it a bunch of time like this. I hate it when my food is still squirming around in my gullet too!
After she is finished digesting what she can, she will regurgitate a pellet of bones, etc. Owls do this too. Pretty gross, huh?! Except what else can you do when you don’t have teeth!