Our time has come !

We have a favourite spot on the River Derwent as it drops off the North York moor we have seen numerous blue flashes fly up and down this stretch of river always eluding us or managing to hide themselves deep in leafy branches..

We considered these were about as good as we were ever likely to get given the restrictions of a small compact camera.We knew the areas they favoured but resigned to never truly capturing a Kingfisher in all its glory we sat down by the waters edge to tuck into to our tuna sandwiches ..

Well this was obviously the secret weapon as one then two then three ! arrived on the bank opposite.

Again hidden by trees Jane was gesturing frantically for me to at least get one good shot thankfully with amouth full of sandwich I was spared her verbal instructions … plop one fished and returned to feed a juvenile again out of focus oh those leaves cant see past them !

She ll kill me if I dont capture something 2 then flew off downstream sensing the pressure was on one obligingly helped me out ..

Wow .. less than 10 feet away didnt need to zoom fully to capture it ..

Well he seemed to say .. if you havent got a decent photo of me now you never will !

Boy said Grey Wagtail ..

How lucky was that … yeeeeeeeeeeeeeee hah !

Quick Rob – Duck !


3 Jul, 2011
janette said:

I am really really happy for you both .......now we all know the secret to get these little beauty,s to wait and pose for you.... ...Tuna Sandwiches ...off to buy a dozen can,s tomorrow lol ....

All good things come to those that wait .....well done on these lovely shot,s Ray ......

3 Jul, 2011
littlewren said:

fantastic and congtratulations on a superb blog...
brilliant capture of these elusive birds......well done to you both....

3 Jul, 2011
robashfield said:

GREEN......ENVY................GREEN AGAIN..................ENVY AGAIN..............................!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! LOL Absolutely brilliant Ray,you beat me to this beauty.These are excellent photos of the elusive bird we all want a picture of. I am really pleased for you both...Goes to show,you don't always need expensive cameras to get great photos................STILL GREEN .......STILL ENVIOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!(ps..you have done what I was going to do,if I spotted one,put it as a blog!! lol

3 Jul, 2011
bonkersbon said:

Thank you Janette the times we ve trawled up and down this river almost given up hope then this .. certainly worth the wait and visits in the depths of winter to see if they had made it through.

Thanks LW amazingly close didnt seem phased but of course we froze apart from Jane digging me in the ribs as if to say you miss this and your in trouble lol

Aw thanks Rob your enthusiasm for us getting them is so kind and up till today we were as envious as you so must be your turn next surely .. can only imagine how that blog will be ! lol

3 Jul, 2011
robashfield said:

lol:).....Time to change your avatar now Ray!!

3 Jul, 2011
robashfield said:

Can imagine what Alan will say when he sees them!!!!!

3 Jul, 2011
eje said:

It's all been said, absolutely fantastic Ray,I'm even greener than Rob.

3 Jul, 2011
bonkersbon said:

Thanks again Rob .. think Jane might have something to say , she usually does :) Aye Rob he s just seen the photo and probably cant face this lol

Thank you Eric a long , long time and many visits throughout the year this one really looked as if he had eventually taken pity on me !

3 Jul, 2011
muddywalters said:

Congratulations Ray . . what a result! Excellent blog and fantastic photos. Hope Jane didn't poke your ribs too hard. :-)

4 Jul, 2011

Stunning - Lucky Lucky you - fabulous photos - I am greener than Rob.... LOL....... Agree Rob, you must change your avatar now - really really well done, still green like Rob though..........

4 Jul, 2011
phili said:

Again,excellent and well done.

4 Jul, 2011
aster said:

Aww Ray I'm really pleased for you both, what a grand day out :))
These are fantastic :)
Don't know about the rest of us, but Jane is probably green too as she wasn't in possession of the camera lol.
Glad you didn't have to lie in the middle of the river this time !!

4 Jul, 2011
bonkersbon said:

Thanks Muddy .. so grateful she was eating at the time as fit to burst when saw it so close !

Thanks AT wish could run to sort of kit you have it really has taken many visits and as spot so rural they have not become used to much human presence and too shallow for any river traffic .. those seen on the Thames for example seem quite happy to perch and fish as boats pass , these would emigrate if they saw one . Jane has agreed to allow me to use it on avatar hadnt thought she would so many thanks for suggestions by Rob and yourself

Thanks Phil you know more look at pics 3 and 4 more convinced that this is a juvenile as beak did not appear full length and blue markings not fully developed as seen on its back on pic 4.Appreciate any ideas on this .

Thanks Aster what with all the nudging and hand flapping she was doing probably best I had camera .. surprised didnt end up in river with all the pushing and shoving lol

4 Jul, 2011
robashfield said:

Great Avatar BB....love it! Hasn't jane changed hers yet??? lol...She could use the wagtail?(Do I need to duck now?)

5 Jul, 2011
johnponting said:

Just seen these lovely images and I'm also green even after seeing my own. The first large shot after your WOW comment is really rather fine. What a great day out you had.

6 Jul, 2011
david said:

Am so happy for you both! Fantastic pics, all of them, including the Grey Wagtail. Wouldn't be at all surprised if you are still up there on Cloud Nine. :-)) A much-deserved nomination for freshwater birds in Birdpedia!

6 Jul, 2011
deida said:

Again you two congrat's..what an achievement...superb images
would have flown straight into my favourites..So pleased for you
thanks for sharing x

6 Jul, 2011
bonkersbon said:

Thanks for that Rob added photo at end of blog esp for you ..

Thank you JP suppose could ve cropped further but this seemed to lose sharpness and definition.

Aye David really couldnt believe it when hopped across rocks toward us probably as stunned as you with the otter you saw.
Thanks for nomination too.

Thats kind of you Deida , thank you .Sure you ll recall our many visits here and really dont expect its the sort of up close experience we ll ever encounter again so will remain unforgettable .. now to get one fishing .. could be a while longer though :)

6 Jul, 2011
david said:

What I love is the fact that there isn't even a leafy branch in sight! (Well, in the main pics).Purely on the rocks! gr8 backdrop for you. At least you kept your excited shakes in control, unlike me with the otter. :-))

6 Jul, 2011
bonkersbon said:

Had to set the camera on anti nudge as Jane was digging me in the ribs David

6 Jul, 2011
david said:

Ooooh! That is a new camera setting to me, Bb!! Just having to keep coming back to those fab pics, btw! :-))

6 Jul, 2011
bonkersbon said:

Once in a lifetime David..next project..catch one fishing..perhaps with dippers,kingfishers and otters should invest in underwater cameras..lol

7 Jul, 2011
amy said:

Congratulations Ray /Jane 'cos I believe it was the poke in the ribs that snapped it perfectly , Wow ! what a once in a lifetime experience , you have deffinatley earned your new Avatar ' Badge ' Ray ... well done :o))

9 Jul, 2011
bonkersbon said:

Ha ha thanks Amy .. interestingly Jane thinks so too so glad she was eating at the time as was eager to give me a running commentary convinced I hadnt seen it ! Did you see that .. did you get it ..get what ? I was looking in the trees it landed where ? .. no , get away .. she nearly burst lol

11 Jul, 2011
david said:

Recently saw, on a rare time I watch TV, a couple filming Gannets from the Bass Rock diving underwater, to catch fish bait they threw from a boat. Anything is possible.... off to get a wetsuit, and a curvaceous diving buddy, now! Jane, in view of Bb's comments, you are very welcome to be my buddy - just bring a boatfull of tuna, however!:-D)

12 Jul, 2011
jane said:

Just might take you up on that David...in the light of Sundays fiasco !! Went to the river as planned....camera firmly in MY hand ! After a while noticed a kingfisher amongst the foliage at the ox bow lake where we had seen the juvenile last week.A short walk then back and decided another half hour before returning home.Passed the camera to Ray who had seen a spotted flycatcher high up in a tree. Leaned on a fence post and waited....and waited. Suddenly there in front of me a metre above the water on an overhanging branch !! "Pass the camera " I whispered...Ray ? Ray ? No Ray....he had wandered off with the camera. Seething inside but still silent I watched as it looked to the left...then to the right..then directly into the water. A minute passed..it felt like forever...sudden dive..blue flash and out again onto the branch with a fish !!! NO CAMERA !! I ducked down and went around the bend to find said culprit.Forget the blue flash...the air was blue !! Luckily the shepherds pie for the evening meal had already been prepared or goodness only knows what he would have found in it !!! LOL. Mood only improved with this mornings arrival of Rose and her rosebuds !! :o)))

12 Jul, 2011
aster said:

Haha Jane,you really must send a letter to Santa for a camera of your very own lol :) Otherwise these little spats could turn ugly ;)))
Do it before Ray gets his underwater camera lol :))

12 Jul, 2011
jane said:

Lol Aster...you are right ! Its good to share definitely does not apply where cameras are concerned !! Yes...underwater camera complete with concrete wellies !!! LOL...

13 Jul, 2011
muddywalters said:

Aw Jane . . . Murphy's Law strikes again. But even without a camera, a privileged experience. :-)

13 Jul, 2011
david said:

This is my humble pie reply, as can happen so easily. At least you can say you were there, and saw it, which is the most memorable part:-

That's life, that's what all the people say.
You're riding high in April,
Shot down in May
But I know I'm gonna change that tune,
When I'm back on top, back on top in June.

I said that's life, and as funny as it may seem
Some people get their kicks,
Stompin' on a dream
But I don't let it, let it get me down,
'Cause this fine ol' world it keeps spinning around

I've been a puppet, a pauper, a pirate,
A poet, a pawn and a king.
I've been up and down and over and out
And I know one thing:
Each time I find myself, flat on my face, (Ray, in the grass, after the Dippers)
I pick myself up and get back in the race.

That's life
I tell ya, I can't deny it,
I thought of quitting baby,
But my heart just ain't gonna buy it.
And if I didn't think it was worth one single try,
I'd jump right on a big bird (Kingfishers ain't that big, are they?!)and then I'd fly(catcher?)

I've been a puppet, a pauper, a pirate,
A poet, a pawn and a king.
I've been up and down and over and out
And I know one thing:
Each time I find myself laying flat on my face,
I just pick myself up and get back in the race

That's life
That's life and I can't deny it
Many times I thought of cutting out
But my heart won't buy it
But if there's nothing shakin' come this here july
I'm gonna roll myself up in a big ball and try? Again!!!!
My, My !


14 Jul, 2011
bonkersbon said:

Thanks David ! Was singing along ( not via web cam you ll be relieved to know ) hope Sinatra will forgive me .. some very apt words and sentiments in this esp the flat on my face bit had that a few times recently .

Not sure I ve ever been a king but the others can identify with so thanks again and will keep trying ..

15 Jul, 2011
david said:

Didn't mean to have it all in here, lol!! Wot, no webcam appearance by a rare Yorks. "warbler"?? To be "Frank", probably best, if your singing is like mine! :-D)

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