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Belted Kingfisher

A belted kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon) may put on a show for people who stop to sit on a log and watch the pond. Perched on a dead limb above the water, the kingfisher plunges headlong into the water and comes up with a salamander that made the mistake of rising to the surface. The handsome, crested bird with a slate-blue back and daggerlike beak often establishes a route to travel as it feeds, perching in the same spots along the way.

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