Green Kingfisher II

January 26, 2019  •  Leave a Comment

Green Kingfisher IIGreen Kingfisher III am afraid that I will be boring all with images of the Green Kingfisher, but it was such an incredible bird offering such great views that I cannot help myself. To mitigate the onslaught, I will attempt to provide some details on the bird.

Their scientific name is Chloroceryle Americana, and they are the second smallest of the Kingfisher species, that honor held by the American Pygmy Kingfisher. The species is about 2/3 the size of the more frequently encountered Belted Kingfisher. The Green Kingfisher in this image is a female. A rufous breast notably distinguishes males of the species.

A Neotropic bird, they are widely distributed from northern Chile through Mexico. In the United States, they are resident in only the southernmost parts of Arizona and Texas. I found this stunning lady at Patagonia Lake State Park in southern Arizona.

For most of my life birds were no more than the little black, and occasionally red, things flitting around my house. About five years ago a stranger looking at a bug through backward facing binoculors piqued my interest. When I asked him what he was doing, he said "birding." Shocked, I wondered what that was. He then took me on a short tour of the woods pointing out the variety of birds in the area. I was hooked.

That initial introduction has led me on a beautiful journey throughout the United States. It was the impetus for our move from overcrowded New Jersey to the extraordinary wonders of the high desert of Southern Arizona. It opened my eyes to the fantastic diversity of Gods creation. For all that, I am truly blessed.
Shoot Date: January 25, 2019
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
Manual ¹⁄₂₀₀₀ sec at f/5.6 0 EV
Lens: EF800mm f/5.6L IS USM @ 800 mm
ISO: 1250

I am afraid that I will be boring all with images of the Green Kingfisher, but it was such an incredible bird offering such great views that I cannot help myself.  To mitigate the onslaught, I will attempt to provide some details on the bird. 

 

Their scientific name is Chloroceryle Americana, and they are the second smallest of the Kingfisher species, that honor held by the American Pygmy Kingfisher.  The species is about 2/3 the size of the more frequently encountered Belted Kingfisher.  The Green Kingfisher in this image is a female.  A rufous breast notably distinguishes males of the species. 

 

A Neotropic bird, they are widely distributed from northern Chile through Mexico. In the United States, they are resident in only the southernmost parts of Arizona and Texas.  I found this stunning lady at Patagonia Lake State Park in southern Arizona. 

 

For most of my life birds were no more than the little black, and occasionally red, things flitting around my house. About five years ago a stranger looking at a bug through backward facing binoculars piqued my interest. When I asked him what he was doing, he said "birding." Shocked, I wondered what that was. He then took me on a short tour of the woods pointing out the variety of birds in the area. I was hooked. 

 

That initial introduction has led me on a beautiful journey throughout the United States. It was the impetus for our move from overcrowded New Jersey to the extraordinary wonders of the high desert of Southern Arizona. It opened my eyes to the fantastic diversity of Gods creation.  For all that, I am truly blessed.  

 

Green Kingfisher II
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Shoot Date: January 25, 2019
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
Manual ¹⁄2000 sec at f/5.6 0 EV
Lens: EF800mm f/5.6L IS USM @ 800 mm
ISO: 1250

 


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