It’s not often I go and spend time with Nature, and when I do, I get excited very quickly. So as you can imagine, when I got told of a new location for the Kingfishers, I was buzzing to go and see them as they are one of my favourite bird to photograph.
The past 12 months, I have spent more time with Kingfishers than I have with any other animal or bird previously. I simply find these birds fascinating beyond belief.
A brief education. The common kingfisher also known as Eurasian Kingfisher, or River Kingfisher and its Scientific name is Alcedo Atthis. Their breeding season is generally between April and late September and generally have 2 or 3 broods. On rare occasions they may have 4. Based on my visit to Rye Meads, the attempted 4th brood failed last season (2014), which is unfortunate.
The images below are from the new location I have found. Please do not email me asking where this is, as I won’t tell you.
The one thing I didn’t expect was how close the Kingfishers would be. Also, as the location I went to was known for Dog Walkers, I didn’t expect them to come anywhere near.
I have seen a few other birds in this location, including Red Kites, Kestrels, Little Egrets, Grey Wagtails and a couple of Wrens. Whilst this location is not a birding paradise, it does make a refreshing change seeing some birds, such as the Kingfishers, in a semi-managed habitat where a Bird Hide isn’t required to view them.
I hope you enjoy these images, and hopefully I will post some more images over the coming month from this location as well as Rye Meads.