The majestic kingfisher

One of the lesser-known hides here – Canada Lake – is brilliant for kingfishers. Having decided to visit more of the reserves in the area, I’d gone to see what was there, and after a while noticed a couple of them zipping around the near side of the lake. A branch next to the hide had been deliberately placed as a perch for them, but they seemed to be using one closer to the water’s edge, and on the wrong side of the reeds from where I was sat; but then, just before I was about to leave, one landed on the branch. Watching and photographing it made me realise, yet again, what magnificent birds they are.

Kingfisher at the Canada Lake hide

Kingfisher from the Canada Lake hide

Kingfisher at the Canada Lake hide: I was lucky that the lighting was just right for the photos - as long as she looked in the right direction!

Kingfisher from the Canada Lake hide: I was lucky that the lighting was just right for the photos – as long as she looked in the right direction!

Kingfisher at the Canada Lake hide: magificent he may be, but you wouldn't want to be on the wrong end of that bill...

Kingfisher from the Canada Lake hide: magificent she may be, but you wouldn’t want to be on the wrong end of that bill…

And then she was off...

And then she was off…

Kingfisher at Upton Warren

I had a bit of luck Sunday evening at the Upton Warren nature reserve. I arrived at the Water Rail Hide, and just as I sat down someone pointed out that a kingfisher had landed on a nearby branch in front of us.

Kingfisher from the Water Rail Hide, Upton Warren.

Kingfisher from the Water Rail Hide, Upton Warren.

The hide is well known for being a spectacularly good location for photographing kingfishers, and many have taken great shots from there (eg John Caswell’s collection here). I’m excited to get my first good set.