This Male Belted Kingfisher is just taking off in flight, rising vertically to go hunting for fish. The Belted Kingfisher is very challenging to photograph because they are small and incredibly fast as they dart around searching for fish. The kingfisher plunges head first into the water to grab their food. They nest along the banks of rivers or estuaries where the monogamous pair dig a burrow sometimes as deep as 15 feet. They are typically solitary and are frequently spotted on a perch above the water.