Catching the odd Ray ..

Off the beaten track I thought I d found the perfect place to watch Kingfishers undisturbed.

I d been watching them for some time but access to other side of river to view their nesting hole was restricted.

Much of it flows through private farmland closely monitored to protect trout fishing rights.On quiet days have waded across and settled for a long wait trying to create a natural hide where wouldnt be spotted .. under cover of branches and leaves what could possibly go wrong the perfect spot.

On several occasions heard the slap of Kingfisher on shallow waters using this perch to slap and stun the fish but fishing just out of view clearly unaware of my presence I hoped it might come closer until ..

The goat began munching ..

The lamb began baaing ..

Chickens came a clucking ..

Even a Buzzard spotted me .. began to feel like the ..

Of the family.

Undeterred I returned and managed to capture these shots when a little quieter.

Not as pin sharp as I would like ideally a tripod would be better but doubt it would allow me so close to nest without hiding face down in long grass ..

Until such time it ll be hand held snatched shots ..

like this one where one could say its catching the odd Ray .

Comments

27 Dec, 2013
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muddywalters said:

Wow. Fabulous blog and photos Ray! You'll have to build a canoe-hide (with an anchor!) ;-)

27 Dec, 2013
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oxfordboy said:

Ray.
Great blog and photo's, just a word of warning though the nests of Kingfishers are protected and I believe that you would risk a fine if you were caught anywhere near the nest when in use.
John.

27 Dec, 2013
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oxfordboy said:

http://www.rspb.org.uk/wildlife/birdguide/name/k/kingfisher/legal_protection.aspx

Ray this is a link to the RSPB website.

27 Dec, 2013
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bonkersbon said:

Ha ha Muddy thanks just like Johnny Kingdom and his water hide if you ever saw the BBC series.

Thanks John yes aware of protection schedules have a good relationship with river bailiff and often inform fisherman they are standing directly in front of flight path to nest when fly fishing.

Most move on graciously..as you know very nervous near nest site and think my photos show that I remain well hidden and the bird brings food on regular basis indicating it seems undisturbed.

It raised 3 fledglings this year.

27 Dec, 2013
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stickitoffee said:

What a great blog BB ~ thank you ~ kingfishers are amazing and its brilliant to see them. But I have to say the goat really made me laugh.

27 Dec, 2013
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bonkersbon said:

Aww thanks Sticki......... Ha ha I heard the munching before I turned round to see what on earth it was. When I complained he reckoned he was only kidding ( groan ).........gave me quite a start !

28 Dec, 2013
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stickitoffee said:

Only kidding.......very good! Made me chuckle.
In the last photo is the kingfisher drying his wings like a cormorant does?

28 Dec, 2013
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eje said:

Yes Ray thanks for the early morning chuckle, what a great blog.

28 Dec, 2013
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firefinch said:

great blog and pictures Ray

28 Dec, 2013
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bonkersbon said:

Many thanks Sticki,Eric ..........glad to hear you had a chuckle !
Thanks to you too Dave.
First time I have had the privilege to see this behaviour Sticki....and yes that's exactly what the kingfisher seemed to be doing..

28 Dec, 2013
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stickitoffee said:

Amazing! Glad you were there with the camera!

29 Dec, 2013
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allan said:

Super blog, amazing photographs. I have only managed to see a blue blur of the local kingfisher(s). No idea where, if any, nest site is. How lucky are you? Thanks for the blog.

29 Dec, 2013
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deida said:

Ha Ha Ray..knowing you, anything unusual can happen..
hope the goat has left you in peace and didn't munch away your perfect hide.lol
Amusing blog..fabulous photos.
brilliant.

29 Dec, 2013
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bonkersbon said:

Many thanks Sticki,Allan and Deida

Do feel very lucky to live near such a beautiful spot Allan...

Deida...hee hee I might as well have had a sign above the hide saying 'He's in here' !!!

1 Jan, 2014
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robashfield said:

Great blog Ray,thought EWE were going into the 12 days of christmas!! Need to get a tripod with camouflage cover!!
Swap ya some kingfisher for Herons!!

1 Jan, 2014
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bonkersbon said:

Ha ha Rob...the thought did occur to me.'Four herons hunting' would have been a great line........but I couldn't find a pic to accompany it !!!

Good luck with your quest this year ...:)

2 Feb, 2014
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bampy said:

Humour much appreciated on this cold bleak Fen day BB. Wonderful variety of subjects. I canoe & see superb creatures from a different perspective but daren't take my dslr out on the water so some frustration not being able to use zoom lens with point n shoot compact camera. Never spoils the kick of seeing wildlife while paddling though. Last year two kingfishers feeding each other on the very open riverside of the Welland, sitting on the hand rail of the fence, couldn't be more open but all I got was azure blue blurs, unforgettable though. I have two 16 footers so your welcome to borrow one LOL ;-))

2 Feb, 2014
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bonkersbon said:

What a wonderful way to watch wildlife Bampy...and you're right the experience itself is well worth lack of zoom etc .

Ha ha.... many thanks for your kind offer,but given the amount of rain we've all had recently,river's running like a torrent,and I'm no expert at white water canoeing !!!!
We have otters on our local river and I now have a mental image of myself cruising in a canoe with an otter swimming alongside...dream on !!

2 Feb, 2014
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stickitoffee said:

I thought you meant you had two 16 foot kingfishers Bampy!!
;-))

2 Feb, 2014
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bonkersbon said:

Ha ha Sticki....no it's YOU with the 16 footer !!!

2 Feb, 2014
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stickitoffee said:

have to measure it next time!! ~ bigger than the car though!

2 Feb, 2014
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bonkersbon said:

;))

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