With all the rain on Thursday and Friday, the rivers were flowing really fast and murky. These conditions tend to force kingfishers to feed on any ponds are lakes that are close by.
With this in mind I went to a couple of favourite Kingfisher locations - firstly it was to Clara Vale, with it being a Saturday I expected the hid to be full (4 people and this hide is full), however I was pleasantly surprised to find I was the only one there.
I opened the hide windows after checking around for birds, then set my scope up, looked up and a male Kingfisher was duly sat on a pole. I quickly got onto it, then did a double take as I checked the focus on the scope - this bird had broken the lower part of its beak. It must have mis-judged the depth of water in dived in to at some point.
After another hour a kingfisher appeared over the pond, calling as it flew across. It settled down at the far end - I had to check to see if it was the same bird, but it wasn't.
It sat there for about 10 minutes before catching another fish and disappearing out of sight to the trees on the right.
A nice morning out though.
- Colin Severs
- I have been digiscoping for around 18 years now and through persistence and good equipment I am getting great results. I use a Swarovski 80hd spotting scope and a Sony RX100 camera which has just replaced my old faithful Nikon P5100. The majority of my bird watching takes place in County Durham in England which has a variety of different habitats from coast to moors. Digiscoping is great because it allows me to get good photos without disturbing birds. VIEW THE LATEST PHOTOBOOK AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS PAGE