I often hear the belted kingfishers (Megaceryle alcyon) before I see them. I hear the rattle, then 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. I have also seen or heard them at Marine Park in Brooklyn. 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).
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.
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.