It doesn’t happen very often, but I got a pretty good up close look at a Belted Kingfisher the other day!
I didn’t even make it past the first mile of my eight and a half mile hike throughout the Hyde Park trail system. At Bard Rock, on the Vanderbilt Mansion property, I was amazed to see two male kingfishers chasing each other at high speed. They would occasionally land on a tree here and there, so I picked a tree and waited in hope to get a shot of my nemesis.
Twenty minutes later, one landed right next to me! I had a good five seconds to get some shots before he took off screaming along the Hudson. What a thrill!