First Belted Kingfisher of the Year

I am pretty sure that Washingtonians love sunshine more than anybody else in the world, mostly because it’s such a rare commodity around here. Meteorologists tell us that last year we had 150% of normal precipitation here in the PNW. I can believe it. This winter is beginning exactly like last winter. So I am taking advantage of any sunshine I can get.

Yesterday was supposed to be sunny, but the fog was so heavy in the morning that I didn’t feel safe driving in it, much less feel confident that I could get any pictures. When the fog finally lifted around 10:30, I immediately headed down to the Pt. Defiance boathouse.

I actually got quite a few good photos, but the highlight of the day had to be these shots of a female Belted Kingfisher, a notoriously shy bird.

This one, however, seemed more than willing to pose as long as I was interested in taking shots.

female Belted KIngfisher

I ended up with over 50 shots, taken from a number of different angles.

female Belted KIngfisher

Heck, she even accommodated me by turning around 360° so I could shoot her other side,

female Belted KIngfisher

which seemed almost more beautiful, or, at the least, more brilliant.