Female is More Ornate in This Bird Species: August 2022

In many bird species, the male is much more colourful than the female:

Wood Ducks
Northern Cardinals
Hooded Mergansers
American Goldfinch (male)
American Goldfinch (female)

Belted Kingfishers are different. The female has a rusty patch on the side which the male does not.

Belted Kingfisher (female)
Belted Kingfisher (male)

I photographed a female coping with a large fish this morning at Col. Sam Smith Park:

Belted Kingfisher (female)

Belted Kingfisher (female)
Belted Kingfisher (female)
Belted Kingfisher (female)
Belted Kingfisher (female) a better look at the fish
Belted Kingfisher (female)

Other birds:

Red-winged Blackbird (male)
Canada Geese
Canada Geese
Canada Geese
Canada Geese
Canada Geese
Canada Geese
Canada Geese
Canada Goose
Canada Geese
Song Sparrow
Common Tern
Barn Swallows (juvenile)
Barn Swallows (juvenile)
Red-necked Grebe
Common Tern
Black-crowned Night Heron
Great Blue Heron
Song Sparrow
Great Blue Heron


NATURE POETRY

this is the garden: colours come and go,

frail azures fluttering from night’s outer wing

strong silent greens serenely lingering,

absolute lights like baths of golden snow.         – e. e. cummings (1894ā€“1962)

Miles Hearn

2 thoughts on “Female is More Ornate in This Bird Species: August 2022

  1. Wendy Trueman

    Dying to know the end of the Ms Kingfisher vs the Sunfish. Did she manage to down her breakfast at last? Please update. šŸ™‚

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