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Belted Kingfisher Catches a Tidepool Sculpin

Photographer Gregg Thompson shares these photos of a Belted Kingfisher at the Edmonds Marina in Washington State. Having caught a tidepool sculpin, the kingfisher shows its nimble moves for getting this meal down the hatch!

Belted Kingfisher eating a Tidepool Sculpin

Note the nictitating membrane covering the Belted Kingfisher's eye in this next shot, preventing damage from the thrashing fish:

A Belted Kingfisher showing its nictating membrane while eating a Tidepool Sculpin

A Belted Kingfisher subduing a Tidepool Sculpin

A Belted Kingfisher at Edmonds Marina in Washington State, eating a small fish

Getting the snack into position...

Belted Kingfisher eating a small Tidepool Sculpin at Edmonds Marina in Washington State

And....

Belted Kingfisher having a snack

... down the hatch!

Belted Kingfisher finishes eating a fish

Listen to BirdNote shows about Kingfishers:

Burrowing Belted Kingfishers
Three Kingfishers
Biomimicry - Japanese Trains Mimic Kingfisher

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All photos © Gregg Thompson

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