Date: 10th Nov - 12PM
Location: Newton Brook - Seven Acre - Zone 5
Observation: Within minutes of starting the walk a bright blue flash on a branch, we crept around so we could see it full view.... KINGFISHER! As your properly aware (if your a frequent reader) we aren't very lucky when it comes to seeing or photographing Kingfishers so this was a huge surprise! He didn't seem too bothered we were there, he made a few attempts at diving, all attempts were unsuccessful so he kept moving downstream to try again. After about 15 minutes of following him and photographing him, we moved on and walked up to Seven Acre Woods, just the normal there, 1 Kestrel hunting, a few Skylark singing in the fields. I go to the crossroads and decided I would head back through the campsite whilst Wayne walked on out to the lake. Highlights were 5+ Goldcrest, 20+ Redwing and a Mistle Thrush (on the same tree).
This is when walking along I heard the Kingfisher again, this time he was trying his luck upstream back on the same perches as before. I was using the trees as cover and going slowly but carefully towards him, but still didn't seem bothered that I was there. I took about 100 shots and left him fishing !
Superb to see them on our local brook, I will try and put up so better perches for him and will hopefully see him more!
Weather: Cloudy, Sunny Intervals, Cold with wind.
Other Species: Buzzard, Kingfisher, Wren, Skylark, Kestrel - Of Note
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