Monday, 24 September 2012

Kingfisher Sighting

I felt really privileged today when I was out walking Jade along the Holes Bay footpath. I heard a peep-peeping and looked out over the reeds. Hovering over the water was this beautiful kingfisher. As I watched it turned upside down and streaked down into the shallow water. I was too far away to see what was caught when it emerged and flew to a nearby mudflat. When a large crow flew down to investigate my lovely bird flew away and I thought that would be the last I saw of it. We meandered on our way along the shoreline and suddenly there it was again flying low over a little inlet and singing away. We were treated to its dancing flight for a moment or two more before it flew off into the distance.

pic from Wikimedia Commons by Tony Hisgett

I've seen a kingfisher only a couple of times before and always on rivers. I didn't realise it would fish out of shallow seawater and hover without a branch to perch on. It was a lovely interlude in my busy day.

7 comments:

Sharkbytes said...

I LOVE kingfishers. Ours is all blue and black and white, but they always move so fast I've never gotten a picture. Well done!

Bob Scotney said...

Lovely birds, Jean. I haven't seen one for years.

Paola said...

Superb photo, Jean!

Linda D said...

Lucky you! Beautiful little birds but very difficult to photograph even if you know where to look for one.

jakill said...

Thanks for comments, folks. I count myself really lucky to have seen it, and also to find this photo and be able to use it. Kudos to the photographer who actually apologised for the poor quality of the shot!

sallyjenkins said...

Lucky you! I didn't realise that kingfishers could be found by the sea either.

jakill said...

No Sally. Perhaps it was one off. But you live and learn.

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