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  • Writer's pictureCari Mackey

The kingfisher: Imagine having to learn to fly and swim all in your first day out in the big world.

Updated: Apr 24, 2023

Did you think this post was going to be about you? If you are one our special OCFD'ers, you probably did but don't worry, your still a King fishermen in our eyes. Now, how about those Queen fishers...i'll get back to you on that.

Speaking of great fishermen, you have likely seen one of these cute little birds before. Their 87 species are spread throughout the globe along rivers, oceans, estuaries, yep you got it - water and you may see them spying your backyard pond beauties from time to time. They require a lot of fish, 60% of their body weight to fuel their engines and feed their hungry family. Think of that. How much fish would you have to catch each day to feed yourself? That'll get ya motivated to get the hook in the water!

Like all good fisherman, they can become rather protective of their special spots. Yes, these little dudes and dudettes are territorial and they will fight to defend their spot. Most will pair for life and have two to three clutches of five to eight eggs meaning - gone fishing. Keeping those bellies full is no joke. They are fast, on a mission, catching fish and bringing it back to the nest. Or, they use it as a gift to court a mate. That's Heart of the Ocean Blue Diamond in a fish, i'm sure of it. So sweet.

Here in Panama we have 6 different species of this beautiful bird. In our area the Ringed, Belted, and Green, Kingfishers are the ones I have seen the most of and who entertain us on a daily out front on the water where there are several along the estuary and plenty of fish to go around. They are busy on the rivers up in the mountains too. They catch their fish, beat it to kill it then eat it regurgitating the indigestible bits a couple times a day. They, like my cat, must have really bad breath. I bet that nest area is ripe!

On that note, I will once again leave you with dreams of fishing, bird watching, and Panama. We are sending you love from this magical place and would love to hear from you.

Your Friends in Morrillo,

Cari and Ryan Mackey

Owners and Hosts

Morrillo Beach Eco Resort

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