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They're fast little devils and it's easy to miss seeing them. Often they land in an area where it's hard to see them, much less photograph them, too -- having this gal right out there on the pier with great visibility was an unexpected delight. I only wish I'd had the A7R IV with the Bazooka on the tripod set up, but I hadn't really thought I would get anything interesting. Just casually picked up the RX10 and stepped out on the deck for some fresh air and to see if maybe the Hooded Mergansers would do something exciting or different like that time I was able to capture one with the fish (they didn't)..... When I saw the Belted Kingfisher go zipping past, right over their heads, I immediately shifted my attention to where she had landed so that I could see what she was; my brief glimpse of her flying by had revealed that she was too small, not to mention moving far too quickly to be Alfred. Didn't occur to me just then that she was the Belted Kingfisher. When I zoomed in on her and realized who she was, I was delighted. This is the second time I've been able to photograph her, although I have seen her fly past a few other times when I didn't have a camera available or didn't see where she landed. I was surprised to see that she is still around, even in the colder weather; I'll have to check the bird book and see what their usual behavior is, but apparently they don't migrate in the wintertime. ?? Only other time I've ever seen (and only just barely because it was in the bushes) a Kingfisher was down in Florida, where it was considerably warmer than it is here in January.