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!!!

Thursday, 7 April 2016

Kingfishers - Still showing.

Another visit has been made down to the local river, an hour session parked up near to one of the favoured perches that the Kingfishers use resulted in two "stop offs". Initially it was frustrating as the birds whizzed up and down and didn't stop, however the female bird (orange lower mandible) did eventually oblige and posed nicely for a few fleeting seconds.

Female
I watched the male bird land on a perch further down the river, from here he dived into the water and emerge with a fish. Lucky for me he then landed on the perch right in front of me and then devoured his catch.

Male
I was surprised to see both birds as I would have thought by now they'd be sitting on eggs, especially as I witnessed them mating over a week ago?

Only a short post, catch up again soon...............

13 comments:

  1. Hi Paul, Again super images of the Kingfisher, I saw one this afternoon at Rutland Water, about 30 metres away and flying away from me flat out, well done, I must try harder. Regards John

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    1. Not so much a case of trying harder John, more like me just being in the right place at the right time, or just lucky!

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  2. Stunning mate, it looks like you could have a good summer with these two birds

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    1. Fingers crossed I will Doug, if they breed locally and the river levels don't rise too much again?

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  3. Fabulous, Paul!

    Sorry not to have visited your blog lately - been as sick as a parrot and also without a PC for a couple of days.

    Best wishes - - - Richard

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  4. No worries buddy, you found your way here in the end.........Hope you are better now?

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  6. Kingfishers are so lovely!! Great photos!

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