Posts Tagged ‘Megaceryle alcyon’

Belted Kingfisher, Golden Gate Park

Monday, December 19th, 2016

Megaceryle alcyon (female) with fish, Chain of Lakes Drive:

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She works hard for the money
So hard for it, honey
She works hard for the money
So you better treat her right

She Works Hard for the Money: Know Better Your Belted Kingfishers of GGP – Reverse Sexual Dimorphism

Monday, September 12th, 2011

As far as these Kingfishers are concerned, the girls are the pretty ones and the boys have to make do without the namesake rust-colored belt. Wiki calls it reverse sexual dimorphism.

As seen on the island at South Lake in Golden Gate Park, 40th Ave and Lincoln:

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This is the closest I’ve ever been to a Belted Kingfisher, as seen through one of these, which cost 100 times as much as the tripod I used it on. (I can’t be lugging monstrous $700 carbon fiber tripods all over town easily so these days I only have lenses in the 6-pounds-and-under-category. Tripods are not for me, I’ve decided.)