Finding beauty in a ditch

I was going to call this "An hour in the company of a beautiful female" ... but I thought I'd better not! However, this is the female in question and although she turned up in a ditch, I think she is definitely beautiful, so I was made up when she performed for us for about an hour 

She certainly made everyone's day with her antics

She was alternately preening and hunting ... but not fish. I can't figure out what insects she was taking but she had five or six of them out of the ditch

Back to preening

That darker 'V' on her chest must be where she can't reach with her long beak

How do they get their feet up there behind their wings when they have a scratch???

I did try for a few action shots but she was in an overgrown ditch with lots of overhanging twigs and branches just to make things difficult. That's my excuse for why everything ended up in bad pics anyway and not that she was just too @#*n fast! So, we'll stick with nice poses. She's having a scratch again.

Another critter bites the dust

"W'as that up there?"

This was the best action I managed ... returning to the perch with a catch.

That was one of the best KF shoots I've had for a while and her appearance certainly kept everyone happy. 

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Nige   Flickr

  • Your lady friend sure is a beauty Nige - is she the Pennington Princess ? lol All very nice shots and surprised you needed to "ditch" any ! maybe there was a shortage of sticklebacks so she chose invertebrates off the daily specials menu.

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    Regards, Hazel 

    "Each kindness shown to birds or men is sure to flutter back again" 

  • I think those preening shots are as good as any action shot Nigel, beautiful bird, what a fabulous way to spend an hour.

    Lot to learn

  • In reply to HAZY:

    HAZY said:
    surprised you needed to "ditch" any !

    Hazel, you're stooping to my level!! lol

    Lovely, lovely set Nige 

  • She's a beauty for a ditch dweller Nigel, wonderful set of pictures. I didn't find my local KF today sadly but did find 60 snipe.

    KR
    Tony

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/wherryman/

  • Thanks all
    Yes, Hazy, she's a Pennington Princess. This ditch is not a usual haunt for them but she's recently started to go there reasonably often, although this was the first time I've heard of her staying for more than a few moments. It's maybe taken this long to acclimatize to the proximity of the people in the hide!
    Snipe seem to be popping up in numbers everywhere just now, Tony. They've all come out of the woodwork in my area too, with up 30 odd showing.

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    Nige   Flickr

  • Beautiful photos Nige, stop beating yourself up, nowt wrong with them at all!!

    Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

  • Beautiful shots, Nigel. She was certainly a very obliging bird. Sightings of Kingfishers don't get much better than that.

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    Regards,Tony

    My Flickr Photostream 

  • In reply to Catlady:

    Thanks both

    Lynn L said:
    stop beating yourself up, nowt wrong with them at all!!

    You know us photographers - always striving for something different or better! It keeps us out of the way

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    Nige   Flickr