Hi and welcome to my Blog, my name is Paul Riddle and I live in south Leicestershire, UK. Back in August 2007 my quest began to locate as many local Little Owl territories as possible. The driving force was a reported decline in the uk numbers so I thought I would do my bit and conduct a study in my area. After 7 years and countless hours out in the field I have detected over 200 different sites. With a thirst for a greater understanding of the owls a more comprehensive monitoring and nest box programme then commenced. This also now includes monitoring the local and very sparse population of Barn Owls, please pop back occasionally and catch up with the life and times of my owls and any other wildlife that I come across. I hope you enjoy your visit!!!

Monday, 14 March 2016

More Kingfishers

Yesterday morning (Sunday) I made another visit down to my local river, the couple of hours spent there proved to be very rewarding with some great views of both the male and female Kingfishers. These are just a quick sample from over 300 images I rattled off whilst there!

Female

Whilst there I witnessed both birds individually catch a Bullhead for dinner. Just amazing how they can swallow whole a fish of such size in comparison to their body size.

Female

Female
The male bird, below certainly has the more vivid feather colouration, deeper blues and oranges, oh and of course a blacker bill.

Male
After many many visits to this site over the years, mainly to watch the Little Owls I added another "first" to my species list in the form of a Water-rail, it took my very much by surprise when I spotted it walking along the concrete causeway. This alone is reason enough for me to go back asap, oh and the Little Owls, Kingfishers etc...........

Catch up again soon!

10 comments:

  1. Wonderful images of the Kingfisher Paul, they are such colourful little birds and catch such large fish for the size of the bird.
    John

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    1. The size of fish they can eat IS amazing John!

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  2. Wonderful images Paul. The colours are stunning. I look forward to seeing the Water Rail, tricky little....

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  3. Hello Paul,
    three hundred photos wow I would have done if I'd get such beautiful pictures. I am always amazed at when I visit your blog ...
    greetings Frank

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    1. Humbling comments Frank, many thanks.

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  4. They are the best I 've seen, excellent images.

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  5. Just catching up after returning from the Scilly Isles, Paul. These are stunningly beautiful images. I particularly like the first one and the one with the water droplets!

    I must now go and have a good look at your more recent posts!

    Best wishes - - - Richard

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    1. Hope you had a good break Richard? Many thanks for your comment!

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