One of our local nature resrves, Far Pastures, has suddenly come back to life after over a year as a bit of a wilderness. The problems have mainly been financial, which resulted in lack of maintenance, particularly to the sluice system. This led to the reserve having far too much water and algae/weed to attract much in the way of widlife. Recently the sluices have been mended, water lvels have dropped clearing mudbanks for waders and algae and weed has cleared, tempting the Kingfishers back especially when the local river rises and muddies up - which has happened a lot this wet summer. This male has been entertaining us for the past week or so and yesterday (21 August) was a particularly good day for light. He visits quite regularly, takes a couple of little fish for himself and then takes one away as a present - the number of visits and takeaways, along with the fact we are only seeing the male, suggests that the female may be sitting on another clutch of eggs. Hopefully juveniles will visit in the near future.
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In reply to Alan.:
Alan. said:Stunners Bob especially those in flight.
Cheers, it was a special treat to get him hovering so closeand in good light - right place, right time.
"Each kindness shown to birds or men is sure to flutter back again"
In reply to PimperneBloke:
PimperneBloke said:I see the bloody bird ruined your beautiful stick shots Bob!! Astonishing stuff!!!!!!!
Thanks, he was a bit of a pest I must admit but I grew quite fond of him by the end of the day
Lot to learn
In reply to gaynorsl:
gaynorsl said:I'm running out of superlatives for your photos Bob!!! Just ran them past my grandson 8yr old who said he thought you were "lucky and clever" so if I multiply that by 10 we'll be getting there. Down the hatch shot has to be the one to frame.
He's half right - certainly a case of right place right time and the fact that current water levels seem to be encouraging more hovering than I have ever seen before. Where he's wrong is that the camera is a lot cleverer than me
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