Douglas County, Oregon
Sometimes long, long stretches of patience pays off and we get an unusual photograph ... and sometimes luck just jumps in and things happen so fast I have to pinch myself to be sure I wasn’t just dreaming.
Dale and I were slowly driving along when I spotted a kingfisher sitting in a tree next to the road. Kingfishers always seem to perch just a tad too far away or flush as soon as we get near. Rule #1 when photographing wildlife is to ‘give it a try.’ Dale slowed down and I eased my camera up on the bird.
I had just time enough to fire off a couple of shots and check my exposure when suddenly the kingfisher’s mouth opened.
Suddenly I realized I was watcing the kingfisher cough up a pellet ... just like owls do!
I’ve since learned a quite a few birds, that swallow whole prey items, cough up pellets. In addition to owls, hawks do, and crows, herons, and kingfishers. Probably several more species of birds do too.
|That feels much better!|