Swiftly flying low across the water's surface, the Kingfisher also can hover waiting to spot its prey below the surface and vertically dive into the water to snare small fish with its dagger like bill. (Photo by Anthony Lawson)

They are noisy and dart about with a loud call, ceaselessly either inviting or warning away visitors. Belted Kingfishers (Megaceryle alcyon) normally would winter much further south, but it seems due to this year'’s mild winter, this female, with her chestnut belly band, likes the open waters of Lake Hopatcong just fine. If the lake remains unfrozen, there are opportunities for her to continue fishing without the long flight.

Photos and Story by Anthony Lawson

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