belted kingfisher


Watched a female belted kingfisher this morning at Crissy Field Lagoon, the end closer to the GG bridge. I saw it take 4 dives in the water, 2 of those resulted in a catch. One feasting I couldn't see, the other I could: after thrashing the fish (anchovy-like) around until it was sufficiently groggy, it flipped the fish down its gullet.
Sally Whitehead, San Francisco