Kingfisher!

Mail from Cheryl Cronnie with pictures of a kingfisher:

Hi there, I’d just like to share with you the kingfisher I spotted today at Southwick Country Park by the pond. I was over the moon as I had never seen one before.

Lovely! Thank you, Cheryl.

Kingfisher

Jay Pickard has sent us a picture of a kingfisher that he took from the Decorated Bridge yesterday.

Thanks Jay.

Kingfisher

A message and a picture from Jay Pickard:

Spotted a Kingfisher this morning over the pond and stream. Great to see!

Thanks Jay, we love to get pictures from park users.


The kingfisher (Alcedo atthis) that DKG photographed at the weekend is a female. The male bird has an all black beak while the female’s lower mandible is orange with a black tip.

Kingfishers are highly territorial; they pair up in the winter but keep separate territories until the following spring. It is probable, therefore, that our female has already paired up with a nearby male.

A kingfisher’s territory covers, on average, a kilometre of waterway; our female will be looking for a nesting site either very close to, or in the park. The Lambrok’s steep clay banks may well be perfect.


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