I often hear the belted kingfishers (Megaceryle alcyon) before I see them. I hear the rattlethen spot the bird zipping over the water, often smacking down to catch a fish or crayfish. These colorful, big-headed birds hang out along rivers and shorelines — including the water areas of Central Park, Mount Loretto Unique Area and Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, where I filmed them for the Filming the Feathers video. The females are the colorful ones in this bird species, having a blue "belt" and a rusty colored "belt" (the male has a blue belt).

  Female belted kingfisher, Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, September 30, 2017

Female belted kingfisher, Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, September 30, 2017

I thought harpsichord music captured a sense of the rattle of the kingfisher in the Filming the Feathers video. The music is Johann Ludwig Krebs, Bourrée; William Babell, Prelude in G major 'from the Frontispiece'; Christoph Graupner, Partita in F major, GWV 835, performed by Richard Kram; Dietrich Ewald von Grotthuss, Rondo in C major, performed by Joan Benson, obtained from MusOpen.org, a royalty-free music source.

Generally, the kingfishers are pretty far away, so my photos have not been as crisp as I would like.

  Female belted kingfisher, the Pond, Central Park, October 13, 2015

Female belted kingfisher, the Pond, Central Park, October 13, 2015

  Belted kingfisher, Mount Loretto Unique Area, August 11, 2017

Belted kingfisher, Mount Loretto Unique Area, August 11, 2017

  Belted kingfisher, the Pool, Central Park, March 29, 2015

Belted kingfisher, the Pool, Central Park, March 29, 2015

The best opportunity to photograph a belted kingfisher came at the blind on the East Pond at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, on September 30, 2017.

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