After yesterdays extremely brief Kingfisher visit I decided I would try again for a few hours this morning.
After the half hour drive and 15 minute walk (downhill, coming back takes twice as long) Rob and I were once again set up in front of the place we had seen the bird yesterday. Today was a lot more successful and we quickly had a male land although this time only one shot was taken before it vanished again. Shortly after a different bird arrived on the perch, once again a male but noticeably different with a shorter top mandible. This bird landed on a small stick in front of us and caught a small fish then flew on to the perch we had placed. He sat there posing for us until the other male was spotted close-by which caused one to chase the other away. Once again a short time later we heard the distinct KF call and the other male appeared back on the perch, this male had on all previous visits been very wary, however on this occasion he was quite happy with the sound of the camera shutters.
The action had tailed off by about 9am and the local farmer came past us and crossed the river in his all terrain vehicle so with this disturbance we decided to leave, checking out another suitable spot some 6 or 7 miles away on our way home. I managed to get permission last year to photograph on another stretch of the river after some detective work (which I have been accused of using in the past). I parked the van and looked over the bridge crossing the river and within minutes Rob heard a Kingy and seconds later it flew past!
A site that needs checking out!!
Really interesting read Steve, we're doing similar having got permission to photo on a stretch of river that is privately owned.
We know where the nest is so are steering clear of that... just need to nail the fishing shots now! Not that easy when we can't really see many fish :D
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