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Close observation of kingfisher’s habits produces dramatic shot

Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon), Brookwood Marsh, Nanaimo, British Columbia, September 20, 2015, 10:15 a.m., by Dave Pley
Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon), Brookwood Marsh, Nanaimo, British Columbia, September 20, 2015, 10:15 a.m., by Dave Pley

As their name implies, Belted Kingfishers excel at hunting fish. And while fish make up the bulk of their diet, the birds are opportunistic: They also eat mollusks, crayfish, small mammals, young birds, and amphibians.

Dave Pley
Dave Pley

For a few days in September, Dave Pley watched the female pictured here hunting frogs at a marsh in a suburban neighborhood in Nanaimo, on Vancouver Island, in western British Columbia.

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